Background layers can contain drawings or alternate versions of glyphs (or parts of glyphs) as visual reference or for storage. This section will demonstrate the basic uses of background layers.
- [Teacher] Glyphs app has two thoughtful features…for keeping your drawings precise and consistent.…The first is the background layer.…Placing outlines on the background layer…is like slipping them under a sheet of tracing paper:…they're clear enough to be seen,…but faint enough to not interfere with the foreground.…The second feature is guidelines.…Guidelines can be any angle you want them to be,…not just horizontal and vertical, and they can be…local to the glyph you're working on or universal,…available across every glyph in the font.…Let's take a look at backgrounds first.…
I'll double-click on this cap B to enter the Edit view.…There are two commands that are essential…for working with backgrounds.…The first is Command+J, which sends…whatever is selected to the background.…So if I hit Command+A to select all, and then Command+J,…it doesn't look like anything's happened,…but if I move this top path out of the way,…you can see that a copy has been sent to the background.…The second command is…swap with background, Control+Command+J,…
- Measuring type
- Classifying type
- Using the Glyphs app tools, windows, layers, palettes, and menus
- Working with Glyphs app scripts
- Drawing letterforms and characters
- Using filters
- Creating punctuation and reference marks
- Deploying OpenType ligatures and stylistic sets
- Fitting and kerning
- Exporting and testing fonts
- Setting up masters and instances for a font family
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1. An Introduction to Type Design
2. The Glyphs Workspace
3. Drawing Glyphs
4. Completing a Basic Glyphs Set
5. OpenType Features
6. Fitting and Kerning
7. Exporting and Testing
Font file types3m 56s
8. Multiple Masters
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