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Custom Font Tools - The Guide Part 1

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Custom Font Tools - The Guide Part 1

Post#1 by skinnyhouse » 20 Apr 2019, 08:44


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Custom Font Tools; a guide to selecting the most appropriate tool for your purpose

There are now so many tools that some users may feel at a loss to know which one to use. This guide will, I hope, help people to choose the right tool for the task they have in mind.

The current tools as of Release 6:

Custom Font Layers from Fonts
Custom Fonts Face Maker
Custom Font Paths to Layers
Custom Font Character Path Stroker
Custom Font Outlines Only
Custom Font Effects Only
Custom Font Artistic Pack
Custom Font Distortion Packs
Custom Font Noise Effects Only
Custom Font Layer Utilities
FontSlab

Most of the tools have help-sheets or tutorials and it is recommended that users view these guides by searching on gimpgearn.net for more detailed information.

Custom Font Layers from Fonts:


Use this if you want to turn an existing font into a set of character layers.
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This tool converts any font (True Type etc) used by Gimp into a series of plain filled character layers that can then be worked on in Gimp and saved as an XCF custom font file.

It provides options for adding or removing padding space around the characters within the layers.

There are also options for choosing groups of characters to convert into layers.

Custom Font Face Making Tools

Use these tools turn a plain font character into a decorative font character.

Custom Fonts Face Maker:
Use this tool to turn plain character faces into pretty character faces.
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Link to more information:
viewtopic.php?f=3&t=2303
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This is the tool that most users will use most of the time.

This was originally a part of Custom Font Layer Utilities. It basically adds a new look to existing font faces by copying a visible layer or layers onto each character in turn. Use of layer modes is also provided.

It also provides an option to combine two custom fonts, which can be useful when you have characters with holes in (think mesh style) that require an added outline to make them more legible.

Custom Font Paths to Layers:

Use this tool to turn skeleton character paths into a custom font.
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Link to more information:
viewtopic.php?f=10&t=2090
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This is a rather specialised tool intended to produce custom fonts with a more natural and/or open style. It requires a series of character shaped skeleton paths which it strokes with the brush tool to create character layers. These effects often benefit from the sympathetic use of brush dynamics.

Custom Font Character Path Stroker:
Use this tool to turn a plain font face into a font face made up of stroked paths.

Link to more information here:
viewtopic.php?f=3&t=2257
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This tool creates a path from a character and strokes the path with colours taken from the current foreground and background, the current gradient or the brush tool.

It can be used to outline characters but there are also options to create multiple paths and to add a glow effect.
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Custom Font Outlines Only:

Use this tool to turn a font face into an outline only font...
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...or add an outline to an existing custom font.
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This tool creates an outline for a custom font character using the current foreground colour, brush, gradient or pattern. The resultant outline can be added to the existing character or used as a new outline custom font character.

There are options to distort the outline.

If you need a set of custom font character paths you can also do it by using an option in this tool.
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More outline examples:
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leopardo-40
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Post#2 by leopardo-40 » 20 Apr 2019, 15:52


I installed this Plug-in - Character_Path_Stroker-v0-04. ( 1 )
I wanted to write this text GIMP ( 2 )
but wanted in this format ( 3 )
How do I get there?
Thank you..
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Pat625
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Post#3 by Pat625 » 20 Apr 2019, 18:37


Thank you for making the guides for the font tools. I know that I will greatly benefit from them.
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skinnyhouse
Script Coder

Post#4 by skinnyhouse » 20 Apr 2019, 21:05


Thanks Pat - you're so supportive of the cause as always.

Leo:
Use the Outlines Only tool to create an outlines only option version of your chosen font. From memory the outline width was set to about 20 pixels - but that will depend upon the size of the font you intend to use. Use the Outline for gradient option with a nice gold metallic gradient.
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skinnyhouse
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Post#5 by skinnyhouse » 21 Apr 2019, 05:22


Leo:
Oh and the outline font result would have had a bevel effect added from the Effects Only tool.
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