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EPS. How to open EPS vector artworks in Photoshop. You can use the open command as well as place command in CC 2019 2018 - CS5 etc. File and open (or open as smart object - better) command in Photoshop and then select the EPS vector file via your explorer / browser to open. Set the width and height. Set the resolution (300). Set the color mode / image mode to CMYK or RGB or LAB or grayscale. Set anti-aliased to ON (or not) and Constrain proportions to ON (or not). You can access the file via the open command and you will need to set the size and resolution but any changes made to transformations and effects will be destructive on that image. The resolution is of use if you are printing. If you are just using it for web pages etc then the dimensions are key. You can access the file via the open as smart object command. You will still need to set the size and resolution and color mode for the file. This option does mean that you can quickly re-edit the artwork via Illustrator (as long as that application is available if you are using Creative Cloud) The linked smart object also means that if the artwork is externally updated (such as in AI) the object itself is updated as a shared resource. You can also use the smart object to perform rotations etc in a non destructive way as well as add effects to the object without permanently damaging the vector design. The only annoying feature is that brushes are off limit until you convert it to a regular image / layer You can also place the eps file into the application. There are two option. They are both loaded as smart objects and can have effects and transformations added. The big difference is the linked means there is a link back to a shared resource so the image can be updated in another application and then updated in PS. When you place the vector file, there is still the display of the size and resolution etc but you can always re-size the design using the bounding box before finally clicking OK. The embed option adds to the file size.
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Fontlab. How to create a font in Fontlab tutorial ? Firstly go to the fontlab file menu and new and then goto one of the glyphs such as 'A' and double click to display glyph window and then Select the drawing tool in the tools bar. Click in the glyph window. Draw the design. Goto to the first point with the drawing tool and click to close the path. Use the scaling tool etc to transform the design as required. Close Fontlab glyph window. Goto B and repeat. If you prefer, you can also use tools such as Illustrator or Inkscape to create the vector designs and then paste into Fontlab. The only issue sometimes with using another vector application is that the result is pasted outside of the main glyph window such as below the origin and to solve this, just use the edit tool to select all the points and drag the position of the design into the correct position as displayed above. OK, assuming that you are just using Fontlab and in this tutorial I am using version 5.2 (there is a new version available). The key thing is to just go to the file new command then go to each of the glyphs in turn and double click them and add your design by using the selection of tools such as drawing, knife tool, add corner and so on. Just click anywhere in the glyph window with the drawing tool and then add your points using the bezier curves. The design can be re-edited once you have finished the design. Click the first point to close the path. Start with glyph A and then B and then C and then D and so on. Use the grid to create the design so the characters are the required relative size - you may want a very small A with a very large B, that is up to you and your design. You can also use the transform tools found in the tools panel to re-size all the points by selecting the scale tool. Other options to creating your design is to use the right click in the application and select the 'paint' panel. Personally I prefer the paint panel as it gives access to a range of brush / pencil tools. Just select the pencil tool and then draw and finish on the first point as before. The design may not be as elegant as using the bezier curves but it does mean you can create all kinds of rough and distressed artwork for your characters. This panel also has the black color option (add to path) and white (subtract from path). If you add a path and want to remove part of the path then just click the white to erase part of the path such as using the brush tool. Once you have your design, you can tweak it with the other tools You can use the edit tool to move the points. You can also use different modes such as contour menu and sketch mode. You can select parts of the design and drag and move the points as required. Sketch mode can be found via the contour menu. You may find the sketch of use but the edit tool is fine for many paths. There are a number of basic commands that can be used with the current glyph such as contour menu and paths and expand as well as simplify as well as cleanup paths (a few more options). Setting the slider will improve (or not) as well as remove some points (or not). There are also a number of macros supplied with Fontlab and they can be found via the view menu and tools and macros. Once you have the macros, you can run them by selecting the macro and then clicking the run button. You can also find many additional macros on the web and they can be used to manipulate the points in all kinds of ways such as adding extrudes or lightening the design and so on. As well as macros, there is also a selection of actions that can be used and they can be found via the tools menu and actions and there you can apply all kinds of effects as well as transforms such as shadow and 3D extrude etc as well as setting the values for the extrude. Once you have gone through all the glyphs such as 1 2 3 4 etc then you can set the various kernings (that is an immensely complex subject). Now the final stage is to go to the file menu and file info. Goto names and copyrights etc and give a font family name, weight, width, style name, created by, creation year, copyright, designer URL etc. Click OK. File menu and generate font and select truetype TTF etc. You can find more about fontlab at Fontlab itself
Fontself. How to use the Fontself extension / plugin CC 2019 2018 2017 2015 to create OTF fonts. Create designs in Illustrator use with Fontself (the Fontself extension needs some designs to process and convert into a font). Go to the window menu. Extensions menu and select "fontself" extension. Select the designs (26 if it is for the uppercase). Click new in Fontself extension. Drag to the uppercase section in fontself panel and then for the other characters. Export OTF file. You can now create OTF with the application using the fontself Illustrator extension (there is also a Photoshop version but that is slightly different as it is for color designs) in minutes (though it does require some pre-preparation. You can find out more about the product and getting a demo via the fontself website but this is a quick tutorial on the extension and how to create an OTF opentype set in a few minutes. You must have Adobe Illustrator and you must install the FS and that is done via their installer. You will find the Illustrator fontself extension in the window / extensions menu and to use, simply select that. Of course you need some designs to add into the FS panel (this can be done before or after you display the panel) Click the 'new' to create a new typeface (or open etc if you wish to open an existing one). It is easiest to use a pre-existing OTF TTF etc to create the characters. Just use a pre-installed typeface and expand the A B C D etc and 1 2 3 4 etc and drag those into the FS panel. If you are creating commercial typefaces then clearly you can't do that and release it. That is only for test purposes. Clearly another option is to create some quick test characters and they can also simply all be the same character applied 80 or so times over for the FS
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Glyphs in Fontself. How to add characters and designs to the glyphs panel in FS. Create some designs for the FS. You must create 26 characters for the uppercase and 26 characters for the lowercase and 10 characters for the numerical fields. OK, so you have the first batch of 26 characters and they must be 26 characters, not 27 or 30 etc so you must use the pathfinder to combine paths if you have a couple of paths for a single character. Select all 26 characters. Drag to the FS and select the A-Z. Select another 26 characters / designs (they can be the same artworks) and drag and then fill that set (when highlighted in the FS). It will take some time to process but you will see all the glyphs filled for a-z section. Now select the 10 characters from 0 - 9 and drag and select the numbers option in the Illustrator fontself panel (you are now very close to creating your first font with the tool). Modify the letter spacing for the entire set as well as line spacing by clicking the + -. Drag other characters / designs to fill the other glyphs such as commas etc by clicking the batch. With the batch glyphs, you will have to go and update those manually by simply going to the glyph and entering a ] or _ etc into the little box below the character. You don't have to do this but you might like to have your typeface include commas and full stops and exclamation marks etc. You will still need some info added to the typeface such as copyright, trademarks etc. Sadly the extensions never stores the information for the info, which is unusual as the license information etc is probably the same from set to set etc. Anyway, put as much as you want about the family name etc. How to export the designs as an independent OTF file and sell the artworks and designs or share them with others. If you want to create an independent OTF file for use to sell etc or just for backup purposes then click the export command and you will then create an OTF file that can be used by others on the PC and mac. How to install the typeface using FS ? Use the "install" option if you just want the FS tool to install a typeface for use in the creative cloud and on your machine. If you use the export then use the control panel etc to add the OTF to your OS for use in other tools such as Affinity Photo. If you want more info about the FS then I would recommend that you contact them. I have found the FS super useful and a great way of creating quick OTF files for my projects as well as export artwork for use in other commercial work.
PC Install. How to install a font on a PC - how to add them to your system. File explorer and Browse to folder with TTF (or OTF etc) file. Double click the TTF file. Click the install button at top of the opened application. Enter password for your admin account (if required). Click yes. ** Please note this is for windows 10 PC (though the same approach should be available in earlier versions of Windows PC).
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Mac Install. How to install the TTF on the MAC. Go to launchpad and then select font book application (just enter the name or part of the name in the search at the top of the screen of the launchpad application. Once you have the application running, go to the file menu and add command. Browse for the TTF and OTF files etc. Click the open command and the set will be added. You can also simply select the TTF etc files and then drag them into the application. There are a number of features also available from the same file menu such as validate the font (never found one that has failed) and also remove etc the file from the user section.
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Native shapes. How to edit the font type in Photoshop as a native shape ? Not really edit as you cannot edit the TTF or OTF files directly in the application but you can still edit the designs. Go to the type tool in the application in the toolbar and then select a font from the typeface dropdown (such as Myriad or Times New Roman as well as any of the sets available on this page). Set size. Generate the characters in the current type color. Select the type with the mover tool and then go to the type menu and use the convert to shape command. Go to the direct selection tool in the toolbar and select individual points of the characters or designs. If you want to convert it to a native format design then you have to select all the points using the direct selection tool and then go to the edit menu and define command to define it as a custom shape.
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