> From: Yuri Yarmola <[log in to unmask]>
>> FontLab, on the other hand, knows what to do with it. Unfortunately, it's
>> not as helpful as FOG when pasting Illustrator art--no automatic scaling.
> Can anybody specify what is correct "automatic scaling"? Last time it was
> done in FL I was flooded by requests to turn it off, so FL now has this
> feature customizable.
Here is how I use this feature in FOG:
1. Create a vertical in AI which corresponds to the total font height, the
same scale as your glyph art. (I usually include a control point
corresponding to the baseline to make things easier to align.)
2. Superimpose this line over the glyph art you want to copy, corresponding
to the glyph's vertical position relative to the font height.
It should look something like this:
3. Select both the line and the glyph art.
4. Copy with the option key held down (command-option-c) (I'm using the Mac
version here). (Option key is necessary to get the correct kind of data on
the clipboard--AI8 and earlier.)
5. Switch to FOG and paste into a glyph window. ***FOG scales the artwork
(including the line) to the full font height (ascent to descent).*** (That
is the "automatic scaling" feature.)
6. Delete the line. The glyph is now properly scaled and aligned relative to
You can move as many characters as you want into FOG and each will be
perfectly scaled automatically, as long as you always use the same line
with each glyph.
Let me know if any of this is unclear. It's easier to show than to describe.
How exactly does auto-scaling work in FontLab? It's left me scratching my
head and the manual doesn't have much to say about it. Turning on the
auto-scaling option seems to have no effect when I try it.