Editing Tool

A tool to edit existing glyph data.

Point Selection
click (no selection) deselect all
click drag (no selection) select all points in selection marque
click point select point
click shift toggle selected points
click drag moves the selected points
click drag shift moves the selected points on x, y or 45° axis
click drag alt if the points does not have a bcp it creates one other wise it will un-smooth the point and only move the on curve point
click drag control copies the selection while dragging
click drag alt (single bcp selection) bcp becomes not smooth
click drag alt command (single bcp selection) bcp becomes smooth and the bcp values are mirror on the other bcp is there is one.
command drag smooth point
  • if selection is an oncurve point it will be moved over the handles
  • if off curve point the handle will be moved in the same direction as the handle
join / close contour if contour is open and first or last on curve point is dragged on top of another first or last on curve point the contour are joined or close
tab jump to the next oncurve point
Segment Selection
click select segment
click shift add segment to selection 
click drag (single segment selection) move the selected segments around
click drag alt (single segment selection)
  • for line segment: create curve segment (adds two bcps)
  • for curve semgent: drag the handles around. (this will un-smooth your on curve points)
click drag command (single segment selection)
  • for line segment: move the selected segment around
  • for curve segments: the bcp are following the handle direction
click drag shift (single segment selection) all points fixed are on x, y or 45°, works also with alt and command down
click drag control copy the selected segment during drag
command alt (no selection) add point on contour
Contour Selection
double click select contour
click drag (in/on selection) move the selection
click drag shift (in/on selection) move the selection on x, y or 45°
Component Selection
click select the component
click shift toggles the component selection
drag move the components around
drag shift move the components on x, y or 45°
triple click (in the component) go to the base glyph to edit


Copy Paste


selection copies the selection from the current glyph
from glyph editor paste the copied selection into the current glyph
from font collection paste the copied selection into the current glyph
from illustrator paste the copied selection into the current glyph



Contextual Menus


Right Click no selection
Add Component Opens an Add Component sheet.
Add Anchors Opens an Add Anchor sheet.
Reverse Reverse the whole glyph.
Remove Overlap Removes overlaps the whole glyph.
Auto Contour order Tries to order the contours.
Add Extreme Points Adds extreme points.
Corrent Directions (PS) Corrects contour direction to postscript directions.
Corrent Directions (TT) + alt Corrects contour direction to truetype directions.
Lock Guides Locks all guides in RoboFont.
Lock Images Locks all images in RoboFont.
Copy To Layer List all available layers to copy to.
Copy To Layer + alt List all available layers to swap to.
Right Click with selection
Reverse Reverse the only the selected contours.
Remove Overlap Removes overlaps only the selected contours.
Labels Add labels to the selected points.
Right Click on point
Break Contour Breaks the contour at the selected point.
Reverse Reverse the whole glyph.
Set Start Point Set the selected point as starting point.
Right Click glyph contains a component
Component -> Go to Jump to glyph with.
Component -> Go to+ alt Decompose component with base glyph.
Component -> Decompose Selected Decompose selected components.
Component -> Decompose All Decompose all components.
Right Click on Anchor
Name Set name for the selected anchor.
Right Click on Guide (see guides)
Right Click on Image (see images)


Editing Examples

[vimeo https://vimeo.com/34351633]

Bezier Tool

A tool to draw contours.

click (no selection) add a point
alt click (no selection) add a line segment
click (on selection) when its the last point of an open contour the contour will become the main contour to add points
click shift adds point which is on the x, y or 45° of the previous on curve point
drag adds bcp, they are all smooth
drag shift move the bcps of the last added point on x, y or 45°
drag alt un-smooth the bcp
click alt command add a point on a contour
move over starting point can close the contour
double click add a point and close the the contour
Key board
arrow keys move last added point by 1 unit
arrow keys shift move last added point by 10 units
arrow keys shift command move last added point by 100 units

Slice Tool

Will add points on dragged slice line.

click add a starting point of a slice line
drag sets end point of slice line
drag shift adjust slice line on x, y or 45°
mouse up slice the glyph according the slice line

When the slice line has 2 intersection on the same contour it will cut the contour, otherwise is will just add points. 
(Guides can also slice see Guides)

Measurement Tool

Draws a measurement line over the glyph.

click add a starting point of a measurement line
click alt possible to add multiple measurement lines
click no drag will remove all measurement lines
drag sets end point of measurement line
drag shift adjust slice line on x, y or 45° or when started on a segment it will the angle from the point on that segment.
click drag start/end point modify the measurement line
Menu ⇢ Glyph
Show Measurement Info Toggles displaying measurement info in the glyph view.


[vimeo 47779626]