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Copying capitals into lowercase positions (Mac only)

From: Designs dekeConstructed: Retro-Style Superhero

Video: Copying capitals into lowercase positions (Mac only)

In this movie, we'll assemble the missing characters, the A and the M.

Copying capitals into lowercase positions (Mac only)

In this movie, we'll assemble the missing characters, the A and the M.

And we'll bring them into the font creation software, Glyphs Mini.

something, it keeps track of the placement of the path outlines. And then I'll show you a quick and easy way And now I can just go ahead and marquee these paths because there's two I's on top of each other. to duplicate those uppercase characters into the lower case placeholders. And I'll press the delete key to get rid of them. So start things off with the A, and And now press command+V in order to paste those paths into position. I'll once again retrieve it inside of Illustrator. But first I'm going to restore the saved version of the file by going up to the All right. file menu and choosing the revert command which has Now click off the path so it can see the side-bearing values. a keyboard shortcut of command+option+Z here on the Mac. It's F12 on the PC. The left value should be negative 50 so that's fine. And then I'll click on the revert button to confirm that that is indeed what I want to do.

But I'm going to change right value to negative 80. I'll turn off the round layer. For what it's worth, these are thousandths of an M. I'll turn on the straight layer because I need that eye for alignment purposes. So when we're looking at negative 80, that's negative 80 thousandths And then I'll turn on the angles one layer which contains both the A and the M. And I'll twirl that layer open, and I'll go of an M, and M being the width of an M space. ahead and turn off this top three items right there And you just have to figure out the barring which represent, which is the path outlines need to values through trial and error, although I will show create the Z which we don't really need right now. you another trick to see the way that neighboring And, then I'll turn on the A tag layer and the A cross characters interact with each other in the next movie. bar and I'll go ahead and select both of those items by marqueeing them. All right. But I don't want the I back here to be selected. Now I'll go ahead and close the A. So you know what I'm going to do, just to make it clear that it's different? And that leaves just the M so I'll double click on it to open it up. I'm going to select it and I'm going to change its color And then I'll switch back over to illustrator, of course. to whatever, so it's not blue, here inside the color panel. And I'll turn off that compound path that represents the A right there. And now I'll go ahead and marquee these two shapes, the A and the crossbar And I'll go ahead and turn on the I shear path, this and I'll unite them by clicking on is a sheared version of the now orange I Path in the background. the Unite icon, here inside the pathfinder panel. I'll turn on M middle right there. And now I'll shift+click on the I to select it as And then I'll turn on this one called H Move M. well, and I'll press command+C in order to copy those two shapes. 'because the idea, it's the path that I used for the right And now I'll go head and switch back to Glyphs Mini. side of the H, but I've moved it into a different location. I'll double click on the A, right there, and I'll press command V in order All right. to paste those shapes, and I'll drag the I up so that it snaps into alignment. Now with these paths active, you can see that we've Because you can see the A is slightly off.

got a problem right there, and you may run into this. It has more of an angle. I'll go ahead and zoom in here. And then I'll click off the shapes to deselect them. Notice that we've got a little bit of path outline sticking out. And I'll double click on the outline of the A and shift+double click on So I'll zoom back out and I'm the interior shape right there and I'll press command+X in order to cut them. doing this by command+space bar+clicking incidentally and And the great thing about Glyphs Mini is when you cut I'll press the A key to switch to the wide arrow tool and I'll click something, it keeps track of the placement of the path outlines. on this little corner right there and I want to drag it down so that And now I can just go ahead and marquee these I don't change the angle of this portion of the path that's exposed down here. paths because there's two I's on top of each other. And with that I should have a good merge this time around. And I'll press the delete key to get rid of them. So I'll go ahead and zoom back out, and a little farther I think. And now press command+V in order to paste those paths into position. All right. And now I'll press the V key to switch to the black arrow tool. Now click off the path so it can see the side-bearing values. I'll go ahead and marquee these two paths and shift+click on the blue one. The left value should be negative 50 so that's fine. Don't select the orange one if you're working along with me. But I'm going to change right value to negative 80. For what it's worth, these are thousandths of an M. And then go ahead and unite those guys into a single path outline. So when we're looking at negative 80, that's negative 80 thousandths of an M, and M being the width of an M space. It'll appear black because it's just one path with one fill. And now shift+click on the orange I to select it and And you just have to figure out the barring I'll press command+C in order to copy it to the clipboard. values through trial and error, although I will show you another trick to see the way that neighboring Now I'll switch back to Glyphs Mini, press command+V in order to paste those paths. characters interact with each other in the next movie. Drag this guy up like so until it snaps into alignment. All right. And now I'll just go ahead and click off the path. Now I'll go ahead and close the A. Double click on the path outline for the M. And that leaves just the M so I'll double click on it to open it up. Press command+X in order to cut it. And then I'll switch back over to illustrator, of course. Marquee these two paths. And I'll turn off that compound path that represents the A right there. Press the delete key to get rid of them. And I'll go ahead and turn on the I shear path, this And command+V in order to paste that M back in place. is a sheared version of the now orange I Path in the background. Click off of it so I can see the bearing values. I'll turn on M middle right there. We've got negative 50 for the left bearing, that's is fine, but I want the right bearing to be negative 100. And then I'll turn on this one called H Move M. And then I'll press the return key to accept 'because the idea, it's the path that I used for the right that change and I'll go ahead and close my M. side of the H, but I've moved it into a different location. Now we need to duplicate these letters. All right. These five letters in the word flame. Now with these paths active, you can see that we've Into their lower case place holders. And the easiest way to do that here, inside this specific program, in Glyphs Mini is to click on the A and then command+click on the E and the F and the L and the M to select them independently of all the other letters. And then just drop down to this little minus sign, and click on it, and then click on the remove button to confirm that you want to remove those letters. Now click on the A, the capital A, and then command+click on the E, the F, the L and the M, in order to select all of them.

And go up to the edit menu and choose the copy command or you can press command+C then click off the letters. Don't select the orange one if you're working along with me. Then go up to the edit menu and choose the paste command or And then go ahead and unite those guys into a single path outline. press command+V and you'll see these new letters that are A.001 and so forth. It'll appear black because it's just one path with one fill. And now shift+click on the orange I to select it and Now you just need to rename them. I'll press command+C in order to copy it to the clipboard. So I'll go ahead and rename this guy lower case A and then I'll rename Now I'll switch back to Glyphs Mini, press command+V in order to paste those paths. this guy lower case E and this one of course wants to be lower case F. Drag this guy up like so until it snaps into alignment. This is a lowercase L and then finally this guy should be a lowercase M. And now I'll just go ahead and click off the path.

And we end up with these letters right here. And then presumably, you would go up to the File menu Double click on the path outline for the M. and choose the save command in order to update your document. Press command+X in order to cut it. And that friends, is how you fill out your vector based alphabet as well Marquee these two paths. as how you duplicate your upper case Press the delete key to get rid of them. characters, in to their lower cased positions. And command+V in order to paste that M back in place. So you get the exact same characters, Click off of it so I can see the bearing values. whether you're pressing the shift key or not. We've got negative 50 for the left bearing, that's is Here inside, my font creation program of choice, Glyphs Mini. fine, but I want the right bearing to be negative 100. And then I'll press the return key to accept that change and I'll go ahead and close my M. Now we need to duplicate these letters. These five letters in the word flame. Into their lower case place holders. And the easiest way to do that here, inside this specific program, in Glyphs Mini is to click on the A and then command+click on the E and the F and the L and the M to select them independently of all the other letters. And then just drop down to this little minus sign, and click on it, and then click on the remove button to confirm that you want to remove those letters. Now click on the A, the capital A, and then command+click on the E, the F, the L and the M, in order to select all of them. And go up to the edit menu and choose the copy command or you can press command+C then click off the letters. Then go up to the edit menu and choose the paste command or press command+V and you'll see these new letters that are A.001 and so forth. Now you just need to rename them. So I'll go ahead and rename this guy lower case A and then I'll rename this guy lower case E and this one of course wants to be lower case F. This is a lowercase L and then finally this guy should be a lowercase M.

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Designs dekeConstructed: Retro-Style Superhero

43 video lessons · 1651 viewers

Deke McClelland
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  1. 41s
    1. Welcome
      41s
  2. 13m 6s
    1. Masking a person from a white background
      8m 20s
    2. Smoothing out the edges of a jagged mask
      4m 46s
  3. 28m 52s
    1. Adding power and motion with Liquify
      8m 21s
    2. Puppet warping the legs closer together
      6m 36s
    3. Applying a perspective-style transformation
      5m 34s
    4. Smoothing and removing details with Liquify
      8m 21s
  4. 28m 34s
    1. Filling and stroking the silhouette
      3m 47s
    2. Drawing with the Pen and Brush tools
      7m 56s
    3. Hand-painting the face
      8m 56s
    4. Refining brushstrokes with Median and Minimum
      7m 55s
  5. 39m 2s
    1. Adding complementary colored clouds
      5m 28s
    2. Drawing a handful of spikes in Illustrator
      8m 34s
    3. Creating a burst pattern with Transform
      9m 36s
    4. Adjusting the spikes for a better effect
      7m 20s
    5. Bringing the burst pattern into Photoshop
      8m 4s
  6. 51m 4s
    1. Creating the extreme paths for the grill lines
      7m 31s
    2. Blending the grill lines in Illustrator
      9m 42s
    3. Correcting potential blending problems
      9m 58s
    4. Bringing the blended paths into Photoshop
      8m 27s
    5. Simulating pressure when stroking paths
      5m 35s
    6. Contouring the grill lines onto the face
      9m 51s
  7. 23m 47s
    1. Drawing a hand with the Pen tool
      9m 29s
    2. Converting the hand path to a shape layer
      6m 2s
    3. Finishing off the hands and gloves
      8m 16s
  8. 28m 49s
    1. Blend, scale, and rotate photographic flames
      6m 17s
    2. Filling in gaps with symmetrical flames
      7m 15s
    3. Shooting flames out of the hero's hands
      7m 34s
    4. Stroking the composite flames
      7m 43s
  9. 19m 13s
    1. Drawing cartoon flames as a shape layer
      5m 56s
    2. Enhancing the flames with layer effects
      5m 32s
    3. Adjusting Puppet Warp and Expansion
      7m 45s
  10. 16m 56s
    1. Installing a free comic-lettering font
      3m 59s
    2. Formatting the monologue text
      5m 43s
    3. Drawing the talk balloons (a.k.a. speech bubbles)
      7m 14s
  11. 43m 10s
    1. Selecting a font-creation software
      5m 17s
    2. Drawing consistently rendered letterforms
      9m 10s
    3. Pasting the letters into Glyphs Mini (Mac only)
      8m 11s
    4. Copying capitals into lowercase positions (Mac only)
      6m 45s
    5. Generating an OpenType font (Mac only)
      7m 56s
    6. Stylizing the custom font in Photoshop
      5m 51s
  12. 4m 24s
    1. Time lapse of the retro superhero
      3m 4s
    2. Until next time
      1m 20s

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