vertical metrics

3d Type Vertical Alignment

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Hello typophile fontlab users,

So I have this 5 layered font based on a painted font in fontlab.

I've figured out how to get the kerning exact so it aligns perfectly every time. My issue is the vertical settings.

In Illustrator or Photoshop, when using a text box, as opposed to clicking on canvas with type tool, Illustrator will adjust the baseline for each of the 5 layered styles.

Here is a picture of 2 of the font layers using the text box versus type path tool.

Is this something to do with vertical metrics? Am I missing a checkbox that says "keep original character positioning"?

Appreciate any advice.