The OpenType font format has several great aspects. One of them is the ability to program behaviors into a font. Ligatures, for instance, can replace two characters with a single combined form. This section will show some of the powerful font effects possible through OpenType.
- [Narrator] More often than not,…the final step in creating your glyphs file…will be adding OpenType features.…The OpenType font format has several great aspects.…Cross-platform compatibility is one.…Extensive character sets are another,…but the most exciting might be the ability…to program behaviors into a font.…So what does it mean for a typeface to behave?…In some respects, it's like asking a child to behave.…For instance, if a designer or layout program…asks an open type typeface to combine…the letters ff and j or ff and p into a single form,…the typeface behaves accordingly.…
Ligatures, the combinations of two or more characters…into a single form are one open type behavior or feature…and there are many more.…There are two standard ligatures in most fonts.…The fi and fl, they exist to deal with collisions…with the overhang with the f in standard text spacing.…In addition to the standard ligatures,…type designers sometimes create discretionary ligatures.…These ligatures don't necessarily…solve a particular problem with spacing…
- 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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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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