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Learn what it takes to design and create your own custom silver-age superhero. Join Deke as he starts by tracing a photo to create the hero's body and then jumps into Illustrator for the creation of the final effects. Finally, Deke takes us through the steps to lay out our own custom type to complete the comic.
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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. And then I'll show you a quick and easy way to duplicate those uppercase characters into the lower case placeholders. So start things off with the A, and 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 file menu and choosing the revert command which has a keyboard shortcut of command+option+Z here on the Mac. It's F12 on the PC.
And then I'll click on the revert button to confirm that that is indeed what I want to do. I'll turn off the round layer. I'll turn on the straight layer because I need that eye for alignment purposes. 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 ahead and turn off this top three items right there which represent, which is the path outlines need to create the Z which we don't really need right now. And, then I'll turn on the A tag layer and the A cross bar and I'll go ahead and select both of those items by marqueeing them.
But I don't want the I back here to be selected. So you know what I'm going to do, just to make it clear that it's different? I'm going to select it and I'm going to change its color to whatever, so it's not blue, here inside the color panel. And now I'll go ahead and marquee these two shapes, the A and the crossbar and I'll unite them by clicking on the Unite icon, here inside the pathfinder panel. And now I'll shift+click on the I to select it as well, and I'll press command+C in order to copy those two shapes.
And now I'll go head and switch back to Glyphs Mini. I'll double click on the A, right there, and I'll press command V in order to paste those shapes, and I'll drag the I up so that it snaps into alignment. Because you can see the A is slightly off. It has more of an angle. And then I'll click off the shapes to deselect them. And I'll double click on the outline of the A and shift+double click on the interior shape right there and I'll press command+X in order to cut them. And the great thing about Glyphs Mini is when you cut something, it keeps track of the placement of the path outlines. And now I can just go ahead and marquee these paths because there's two I's on top of each other. And I'll press the delete key to get rid of them. And now press command+V in order to paste those paths into position. All right. Now click off the path so it can see the side-bearing values. The left value should be negative 50 so that's fine. But I'm going to change right value to negative 80. For what it's worth, these are thousandths of an M. 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. And you just have to figure out the barring values through trial and error, although I will show you another trick to see the way that neighboring characters interact with each other in the next movie. All right. Now I'll go ahead and close the A. And that leaves just the M so I'll double click on it to open it up. And then I'll switch back over to illustrator, of course. And I'll turn off that compound path that represents the A right there. And I'll go ahead and turn on the I shear path, this is a sheared version of the now orange I Path in the background. I'll turn on M middle right there. And then I'll turn on this one called H Move M. 'because the idea, it's the path that I used for the right side of the H, but I've moved it into a different location. All right. Now with these paths active, you can see that we've got a problem right there, and you may run into this. I'll go ahead and zoom in here. Notice that we've got a little bit of path outline sticking out. So I'll zoom back out and I'm doing this by command+space bar+clicking incidentally and I'll press the A key to switch to the wide arrow tool and I'll click on this little corner right there and I want to drag it down so that I don't change the angle of this portion of the path that's exposed down here. And with that I should have a good merge this time around. So I'll go ahead and zoom back out, and a little farther I think. And now I'll press the V key to switch to the black arrow tool. I'll go ahead and marquee these two paths and shift+click on the blue one. Don't select the orange one if you're working along with me.
And then go ahead and unite those guys into a single path outline. 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 I'll press command+C in order to copy it to the clipboard. Now I'll switch back to Glyphs Mini, press command+V in order to paste those paths. Drag this guy up like so until it snaps into alignment. And now I'll just go ahead and click off the path. Double click on the path outline for the M. Press command+X in order to cut it. Marquee these two paths. Press the delete key to get rid of them. And command+V in order to paste that M back in place. Click off of it so I can see the bearing values. 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 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. And we end up with these letters right here. And then presumably, you would go up to the File menu and choose the save command in order to update your document. And that friends, is how you fill out your vector based alphabet as well as how you duplicate your upper case characters, in to their lower cased positions. So you get the exact same characters, whether you're pressing the shift key or not. Here inside, my font creation program of choice, Glyphs Mini.
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