Fitting a typeface can take a lot of time and can be difficult to keep consistent. Metrics Keys solve both of those problems by designating key shapes to apply to like-shapes characters. The result is a font fit that is logical, consistent, and easily altered.
- [Voiceover] So using metric keys we've settled…the left and ride side bearings for 20 of the 53…letters in our set.…Another 15 have one of their sides set,…so let's look at those first.…I'm going to select all of them, these yellow ones,…by holding down Command and Shift and clicking.…And then I'm going to open a new up Edit window…by hitting Command T.…And let's just reduce the size of this a little…so we can see the letters.…
Now I'm going to open up the preview pane at the bottom.…And I'll increase the size of it a little bit.…And then I'm gonna set the blurriness slider…about one quarter to the right.…And if you want, you can set it to negative.…Doing these two things, setting it to negative…and blurring it up a little bit…will help abstract the spaces between letters…and make the spaces a little more apparent.…So what we're going to be doing here next…is putting a control character around all of the capitals.…
And that control character will be the H.…And we're using H because it has vertical on both sides.…
- 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
Skill Level Beginner
Allan Haley on the Evolution of Typeface Designwith Kristin Ellison1h 38m Intermediate
The Creative Spark: Title Case, Typographic Artisanswith Jessica Hische28m 31s Intermediate
Graphic Design Foundations: Typographywith Ina Saltz2h 23m Beginner
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
Next steps2m 23s
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