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Pasting the letters into Glyphs Mini (Mac only)

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Video: Pasting the letters into Glyphs Mini (Mac only)

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Pasting the letters into Glyphs Mini (Mac only)

press Cmd+V in order to paste that guy, and now In this movie, we'll copy the characters that we've I'll switch back over to the Fonts tab right there. created inside of Illustrator and we'll paste them into the I'll double-click on the E in order to bring font creation program, which in my case is Glyphs it up, and I'll press Cmd+V for it as well. Mini, which is why I've switched over to the Mac.

I'll close both the E and the A, actually. Now if you have access to my exercise files and Now double-click on the F and press Cmd+V and close it. And I'll double-click on the L and press Cmd+V and close it. you're working with Glyphs Mini, you can go ahead and And I'll double-click on the M and press Cmd+V and close it. open up this starter file right here, which contains all Alright, so I've got i's in all of the flame letters. of the letters except for those in the word flame. I'm not worried about the lower case characters Just so that we can do some of the work, but right now, we'll take care of them later. we're not faced with the tedium of pasting 26 different characters here.

All right, now let's paste the letters in, in Now, a couple things you should know about glyphs up front. the order that they appear in the world flame. First of all, when you create a new document So we'll start with the F, so I'll go ahead and double-click on by going to the File menu and choosing the that guy to open him up, and then I'll switch back over to Illustrator. New command, Glyphs Mini automatically creates placeholders for all of the uppercase and lowercase letters, but that's it. I've restored the saved version of this document as you can see. If you want to add a different kind of character, So, I'll turn off the round layer right there, for example, let's say I want to add the number two. Why then, you'd go over to the left hand side here, to this Categories column. and I'll turn on the straight layer, twirl it open. You would twirl open the Number item right there.

I might give myself a little extra room to work here by collapsing the Color panel and you can see that that i Two is a decimal digit, one of ten, including the zero. shape is already selected here inside of Illustrator. So, you right-click on Decimal Digit, and then you would choose two, and then click I'll go ahead and turn on the E and F canopy path, as well as the E and F Generate, and you end up with a number two, down here in this new Number section. arm in order to select all of those paths, Now, I don't happen to want that, so I'll go ahead and I'll marquee them to select all three of them. and click on my two, and click on the minus sign down here in the bottom left region of the window to get Now, I can't just copy them the way they are and paste them into Glyphs Mini, because if I do, any overlapping areas will rid of it, like so, and then I'll click the Remove button. be treated as holes and you don't want that. Also note that if you click on Number, you're going to see just the numbers. So, what you need is just a solid filled path. Right now we don't have any. If you want to see everything inside the font, you need to click on All. It can be a compound path, such as an O, that has a hole in it. But, otherwise, it needs to be a single path outline. Now, what if you don't really know what the name of your character is? So, I'm going to go to the Window menu, and For example, I want to create something like a question mark, choose the Path Finder command, and then I'll go but I just don't know, you know, exactly what it's called. ahead, and click on the Unite icon, in the Is it called question or question mark or what? Well, then you drop down to the little plus icon right there. upper left corner, and we now have a united shape. Click on it, and you'll add this section called Other, and it'll say new glyph. Now I'll go up to the Edit menu and choose the Copy command, or I can just press Cmd+C, and now I'll switch back to Glyphs and You just want to double-click on that word right there, new glyph, and I'll press Cmd+V in order to paste that path. then just replace it with a question mark and press the Return key here on a Mac, and you'll create that new character, and Glyphs will It's going to come in in totally the wrong location. Now I have gone ahead and sized these characters automatically name it what it needs to be called, which happens to be question. Again, I don't want it, I just want you to see how this works. in Illustrator so that they're compatible with Glyphs Mini. I'm going to select it and then click on the minus sign If you're working with a different font creation program, you might find to get rid of it, and I'll click on Remove as well. that the characters are too big or too small, what have you. All right, now, lets say we want to paste in some characters. And you may have to do some additional resizing. Well, we need a kind of place holder for alignment purposes. But in any case, mine's fine, so I'll go ahead and drag this guy until it snaps And, the best placeholder is the i. into alignment like so, with that piece of So I'm going to double click on either the upper or lowercase i, it doesn't matter. the i that was sitting there for alignment purposes. And typically, by the way, when you're creating an all caps font like this, And now I'll double-click on this little bit of i right there, in order you go ahead and fill both the to select that entire i shape, and let me see if I got it. uppercase and lowercase characters with the same thing. I did and so, I've dragged it off to the side. So both the uppercase and lowercase i are identical. Now I'll just press the Delete key in order to get rid of it, and All right, I'll switch over to my little i now I'll close my F and we, you can see we now have an F character. right there, and I want to select the entire thing. All right, now I'll do the same thing or something similar, anyway, with E. In Glyphs Mini you do that by double-clicking on I'll double-click on it to open it up. the item, and then I'll press Cmd+C in order I'll switch over to Illustrator, and I'll turn on to copy it, or I could go up to the Edit menu and choose the Copy command as well. this E and L base path right there, and Now, I'll go ahead and close the i, and I'll I'll marquee these two path outlines, and click on double click on the upper case A here, and I'll this Unite Shape mode in order to unite them together. press Cmd+V in order to paste that guy, and now You can also, by the way, press Cmd+4. I'll switch back over to the Fonts tab right there. Cmd+4 or Ctrl+4 on a PC, will repeat the last path finder operation. I'll double-click on the E in order to bring All right, now press Cmd+C. it up, and I'll press Cmd+V for it as well. I'll close both the E and the A, actually. Those of you working on a PC with some other software, Now double-click on the F and press Cmd+V and close it. of course, would press Ctrl+C, and now switch back over to Glyphs. Press Cmd+V in order to paste, drag this guy up so he snaps into alignment. And I'll double-click on the L and press Cmd+V and close it. And I'll double-click on the M and press Cmd+V and close it. Double-click in the old i, right there and press the Delete key to get rid of it. And I actually want to dial-in some specific side bearing values. Alright, so I've got i's in all of the flame letters. Notice the L and R values, right here, I'm not worried about the lower case characters they indicate the left side bearing and the right now, we'll take care of them later. right side bearing, which are these guidelines right All right, now let's paste the letters in, in here that determine how the characters fit together. the order that they appear in the world flame. So we'll start with the F, so I'll go ahead and double-click on Left is currently set to negative 50 which is that guy to open him up, and then I'll switch back over to Illustrator. fine, but I want the right side bearing to be I've restored the saved version of this document as you can see. negative 100, so I'll go ahead and enter that value So, I'll turn off the round layer right there, and press the Return key, and then close the E. and I'll turn on the straight layer, twirl it open. Need to do the same thing for the F, I just forgot. So, I'll change the left side bearing to negative 50. Tab my way over to the right side bearing and change it to negative 100, and then close the F. All right, now let's do that character that's related to the F and the E, and that would be the L.

and I'll marquee them to select all three of them.

So I'll just go ahead and switch back to Illustrator, and let's undo Now, I can't just copy them the way they are and paste them into Glyphs Mini, those last couple of operations, just by pressing Cmd+Z a bunch of times. because if I do, any overlapping areas will And then I'll turn off this E and F canopy path be treated as holes and you don't want that. right there, and I'll turn on the E and L base. So, what you need is just a solid filled path. And I'll marquee these two path outlines, and unite them together here inside the Path Finder panel, and I'll press Cmd+C in order to copy them. It can be a compound path, such as an O, that has a hole in it. But, otherwise, it needs to be a single path outline. And then I'll switch back over to Glyphs. So, I'm going to go to the Window menu, and Double-click on the L to bring it up. choose the Path Finder command, and then I'll go ahead, and click on the Unite icon, in the Press Cmd+V in order to paste. upper left corner, and we now have a united shape. Drag this guy up until it snaps into alignment, double-click on the old i.

Press the Delete key to get rid of it, and this time we want the right side bearing. Now I'll go up to the Edit menu and choose the Copy command, or I can just press The left side bearing is fine at negative 50. Cmd+C, and now I'll switch back to Glyphs and I'll press Cmd+V in order to paste that path.

I want the right side bearing to be negative 80. It's going to come in in totally the wrong location. And then I'll go ahead and close the L in order to complete that letter. Now I have gone ahead and sized these characters All right, so that completes three of the letters, but in Illustrator so that they're compatible with Glyphs Mini. we still have left the A and the M, as If you're working with a different font creation program, you might find well as all of the lower case characters, which is that the characters are too big or too small, what have you. why we'll fill those in in the very next movie. And you may have to do some additional resizing. But in any case, mine's fine, so I'll go ahead and drag this guy until it snaps into alignment like so, with that piece of the i that was sitting there for alignment purposes. And now I'll double-click on this little bit of i right there, in order to select that entire i shape, and let me see if I got it. I did and so, I've dragged it off to the side. Now I'll just press the Delete key in order to get rid of it, and now I'll close my F and we, you can see we now have an F character. All right, now I'll do the same thing or something similar, anyway, with E. I'll double-click on it to open it up. I'll switch over to Illustrator, and I'll turn on this E and L base path right there, and I'll marquee these two path outlines, and click on this Unite Shape mode in order to unite them together. You can also, by the way, press Cmd+4. Cmd+4 or Ctrl+4 on a PC, will repeat the last path finder operation. All right, now press Cmd+C. Those of you working on a PC with some other software, of course, would press Ctrl+C, and now switch back over to Glyphs. Press Cmd+V in order to paste, drag this guy up so he snaps into alignment. Double-click in the old i, right there and press the Delete key to get rid of it. And I actually want to dial-in some specific side bearing values. Notice the L and R values, right here, they indicate the left side bearing and the right side bearing, which are these guidelines right here that determine how the characters fit together. Left is currently set to negative 50 which is fine, but I want the right side bearing to be negative 100, so I'll go ahead and enter that value and press the Return key, and then close the E. Need to do the same thing for the F, I just forgot. So, I'll change the left side bearing to negative 50. Tab my way over to the right side bearing and change it to negative 100, and then close the F. All right, now let's do that character that's related to the F and the E, and that would be the L. So I'll just go ahead and switch back to Illustrator, and let's undo those last couple of operations, just by pressing Cmd+Z a bunch of times. And then I'll turn off this E and F canopy path right there, and I'll turn on the E and L base. And I'll marquee these two path outlines, and unite them together here inside the Path Finder panel, and I'll press Cmd+C in order to copy them. And then I'll switch back over to Glyphs. Double-click on the L to bring it up. Press Cmd+V in order to paste. Drag this guy up until it snaps into alignment, double-click on the old i. Press the Delete key to get rid of it, and this time we want the right side bearing. The left side bearing is fine at negative 50.

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Designs dekeConstructed: Retro-Style Superhero

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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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