Join Julieanne Kost for an in-depth discussion in this video Emoji, SVG, and variable fonts, part of Photoshop CC 2018 Essential Training: Design.
- [Instructor] Photoshop supports several special fonts including SVG fonts which can include multiple colors in a single character as well as emoji characters and variable concept fonts. Let's select the type tool by tapping the t key, and then I'll right click and choose to reset the tool, but I know I want the point size a little larger so I'll choose 72 from the list. Then I just want to type in some characters. So I'll just use A, B, and C, and tap enter return to commit to those characters.
Let's start with variable fonts. They're a new technology and they support custom attributes like weight, width, slant, or optical size depending on the font. Not only will this new font format offer new design opportunities because you can create exactly the character you want, in the future I imagine they'll be really popular on the web because each individual font has a very small footprint and they'll be really fast to download. However, at the time of recording this video, these fonts are concept fonts.
They're not supported by type kit so you can't use them currently as a web font. Alright, let's take a look at some different typefaces. I'm going to type in Impact and you'll notice that really I don't have a lot of choice here if I use this font. Now if I start typing in something like Futura, well now I have a number of different choices. But when we start looking at these variable concept fonts, you'll notice that we have a lot more choices.
In fact, an infinite number of choices. So I'm going to start typing in variable 'cause that's one of the ways you can quickly find all of the different variable fonts. Or we can just look for the variable font icon. So I'm going to select Acumen, and while I can use this Type menu here in order to see all 90 instances of this typeface, if I want to see them live, I need to use the Font menu.
I'll use the disclosure triangle and now as I move down through all of the different named instances, we can see the typeface update in the image area. So I'll just select one of the different options here and then I'm going to move the Properties panel over to the left hand side just so that we can see what happens as I scroll down and I start moving the weight, width, and slant. So not only do I have those 90 named instances, but I can move any of these sliders in any combination.
Now another really interesting aspect of variable fonts is that they can contain transitional forms. So I'm going to select this text and I'll type in the dollar sign and then let's go ahead and make this larger to make sure that we can see what's happening. I'll go ahead and tap the enter or the return key to commit to that, and now as I change the weight slider, we can see that not only does the form change, but eventually when the weight gets thick enough, it actually loses that line.
So it transitions into another glyph. Alright, let's change this back to some characters. I'll type in X and X, and tap enter or return in order to commit to that font. Now I want to use an SVG font in this case. I'm going to start typing in the font Trajan which is a color concept font. You can see that as soon as I select that, the Glyphs panel appears, which I'll go ahead and nest with the Properties panel for a moment, and then collapse these other panels.
As we can see, each one of these characters contains multiple colors. And in fact if I double click to select them, and then use command h in order to hide the selection there, as I move down through the Glyphs panel, we can see that I can choose from a number of different colors. Alright, let's delete that type layer and then just click to set my type insertion point again in this image.
This time I want to add some emojis so I will click and scroll up to the top and choose the SVG EmojiOne typeface. Then we can scroll through all of our different options here. I'm just going to scroll up a bit. Here we go. Maybe I will double click to add a whale or we can add a clown fish or maybe even a frog. And before we wrap up, I just want to show you I'm going delete these three characters because this typeface does have something kind of unique.
If we go all the way to the top, you can see we have these characters or these glyphs that are these cyan circles with a character inside of them. Well, if I happen to double click A to insert that and then I double click on Q, well instead of just getting AQ, I actually get the flag for that country, in this case, Antarctica. So there you go, a quick overview of SVG fonts including emoji characters and variable concept fonts in Photoshop.
Photoshop CC boasts tools and features for making tonal and color adjustments, applying effects and treatments to type and graphics, and distorting, filtering, and layering elements—all while maintaining the highest-quality output. In this course, Julieanne demonstrates how to efficiently perform common design tasks, including editing images, drawing shapes, and working with type and fonts. Along the way, she shares the secrets of nondestructive editing using Smart Objects, and helps you master features such as layers, filters, blending modes, typography, custom brushes, vector masks, and much more—increasing your productivity every step of the way.
- Working with Smart Objects
- Linked vs. embedded Smart Objects
- Creative transformations and warping
- Essential filters for designers
- Emulating traditional drawing techniques
- Working with shape and fill layers
- Pen tool basics
- Applying layer effects and styles
- Type essentials
- Creative brush techniques
- Working with libraries and artboards
- Exporting files and sharing images