Type in Glyphs is measured in an abstract, variable unit system called the em-square. This video provides and understanding of the em concept and helps the viewer choose measurement settings that make sense for their project.
- [Narrator] Glyphs uses its own measurement system…called, very generically, units.…Units are a division of a larger measurement…called an em, spelled E-M, which is short for m square.…This section will tease apart the relationship…between the unit and the em, and discuss…the important elements that they're used to measure.…Graphic design applications use points to measure type.…Points are a division of a larger unit called the pica.…There are 12 points in a pica,…and there are six picas in an inch.…
The point size of a font is roughly…the distance from the top of the ascender…to the bottom of the descender.…I say roughly because there's always…a tiny bit of clearance built in…at the top and bottom of a font.…That distance, from the top of the ascender…to the bottom of the descender, plus the clearance,…is also the height of the em,…and since the em is a square, it's also the width.…So a 72 point em is 72 points tall and 72 points wide.…A 12 point em is 12 points tall and 12 points wide.…
So you can see the em is variable.…
- 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
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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
Next steps2m 23s
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