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Paths for Adding Light and Shade to Custom Fonts

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Paths for Adding Light and Shade to Custom Fonts

Post#1 by skinnyhouse » 15 Dec 2021, 12:22


A thread to add some paths with the Custom Font Light and Shading plug-in for use with custom font characters.

The names end with a direction suffix to indicate which side of the character the colour will be applied to; eg NW for North West.

Download and extract the files. Open the appropriate custom font file in Gimp (i.e. Like Snow custom font in this case) and then use import all paths using the Path Tool tab.
Like_Snow_Light_and_Shade_Paths.7z #
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Post#2 by skinnyhouse » 15 Dec 2021, 12:28


And two similar light and shade path files for the Aclonica custom font.
Aclonica_Light_and_Shade_Paths.7z #
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Post#3 by skinnyhouse » 15 Dec 2021, 13:53


Example :
Aclonica_shadings.jpg
Aclonica_shadings.jpg # (56 KiB) Viewed 410 times (Thumbnail | Recognize | Sq Tile | LNFI)
Using plain red text so that you can see what is happening.

Top - without shading

2nd top - with highlights using NW version

3rd top with shadows using SE version

Bottom - both sets applied.

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Post#4 by gimpturkey » 15 Dec 2021, 14:17


:hammer_head: Please show me an easy to use font style. :hammer_head:
GIMP Learn rocks...

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Post#5 by skinnyhouse » 16 Dec 2021, 08:33


A more visual plug-in help using the Aclonica resources:

I am assuming that you already have a decorated custom font that needs some highlights and/or shadows and that you have a set of paths for adding your shading effects.

As ever work on a small set of characters to test out each stage before committing to a full file of characters.

Overview of workflow:

Open the custom font in Gimp

Set the foreground and background colours that you want to use in your shading

Import a set of shade paths to use for highlights
Step_1_Import.jpg
Step_1_Import.jpg # (57.58 KiB) Viewed 363 times (Thumbnail | Recognize | Sq Tile | LNFI)
Run the Light and Shade Plug-in with the paths options you need (unset the remove path option if you think you will add the highlights more than once)
Step_2_First_Hilite.jpg
Step_2_First_Hilite.jpg # (68.85 KiB) Viewed 363 times (Thumbnail | Recognize | Sq Tile | LNFI)
Step_3_Second_Hilite.jpg
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Import the second set of paths to use for the shadows
Step_4_Import_Shadows.jpg
Step_4_Import_Shadows.jpg # (57.95 KiB) Viewed 363 times (Thumbnail | Recognize | Sq Tile | LNFI)

Re-run the Light and Shade Plug-in with the paths options you need - using the background colour

Step_5_First_Shadow.jpg
Step_5_First_Shadow.jpg # (66.52 KiB) Viewed 363 times (Thumbnail | Recognize | Sq Tile | LNFI)

Repeat if you want to deepen the shadows (remember to set the remove paths option to your needs)

Step_6_Second_Shadow.jpg
Step_6_Second_Shadow.jpg # (63.89 KiB) Viewed 363 times (Thumbnail | Recognize | Sq Tile | LNFI)

When happy save the new version of the custom font

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Post#6 by skinnyhouse » 19 Dec 2021, 21:54


Two shading paths for Locked Window custom font:
Locked_Window_Shading.7z #
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Green_NW_Shading.jpg
Green_NW_Shading.jpg # (46.12 KiB) Viewed 335 times (Thumbnail | Recognize | Sq Tile | LNFI)
Green_SE_Shading.jpg
Green_SE_Shading.jpg # (47.15 KiB) Viewed 335 times (Thumbnail | Recognize | Sq Tile | LNFI)


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