A ligature is a combination of two or more characters into one glyph. In OpenType programming, ligatures are a special form of Contextual Alternate. This section will discuss what makes them different and how to deploy them properly.
- [Instructor] A ligature is a single glyph…that joins together two or more letter forms.…The two standard ligatures in fonts…are the fi and fl ligatures.…Standard ligatures appear by default…in programs like InDesign,…they're an OpenType behavior.…The typeface knows that the program…expects standard ligatures…and it behaves accordingly.…Non-standard ligatures, or discretionary ligatures…may exist in the font,…but they need to be turned on by the user…in order to show up in text.…Creating standard and discretionary ligatures in Glyphs…is really easy.…
Let's make the fi and fl ligatures for this font.…Since they're standard,…they have standard names, fi and fl.…So I'll create two new glyphs by clicking on the plus sign…down here at the bottom.…Then I'll click on the caption…and rename the first one fi, hit Return.…On the caption for the second one click fl…and Return.…And now we have the glyphs…and if we select the cells…and go to the Glyph menu and choose Make Component Glyphs…the program adds the components.…So I'll click, Shift + click,…
- 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
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8. Multiple Masters
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