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Kerning in Omega

Discussion in 'Gerber Omega, Graphix Advantage & MacImprint' started by Marekdlux, Apr 28, 2005.

  1. Marekdlux

    Marekdlux Member

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    I am trying to set up a file for engraving on our Dimension 200 router. I am using Omega 2.0 to set it up. I am having trouble setting the character spacing. I am clicking on the "Character Spacing" tool and it gives me the two handles on the characters to stretch them out, but when I let go of the handles it goes back to how it was. Any ideas? I've never been able to get it to work, what am I doing wrong? I read through all the info on the "help" file but no luck. Thanks in advance.
    -Marek
     
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  2. Tony Teveris

    Tony Teveris Active Member

    Character Spacing

    If your font was created from a TrueType font (TrueType Font Converter) you can NOT use the spacing tool as the font does not hold the same attributes that a Gerber Font does. This is because we wanted the TTF to hold the same spacing it was design for.

    If you use TTF Converter and "break apart" a TTF file into mini PLT files and then use Font Designer to build a TRUE Gerber font you will have spacing control.
     
  3. Marekdlux

    Marekdlux Member

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    Thanks Tony,
    I was trying to do it with one of the "engraving" fonts. I'll just remove the smart text and set spacing as needed I guess. It's just that sometimes the spacing is off when I engrave so I was hoping to adjust it a little bit. Is there a supplied gerber engraving font? I thought the one I had was. Thanks.
    -Marek
     
  4. Fred Weiss

    Fred Weiss Merchant Member

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    You should still be able to insert forward or back kerns with your < and > keys in a TTF conversion.

    If you are interested in using the Disjoin feature Tony is calling Break Apart, there is a step by step tutorial in the Signs 101 Content Area with screen shots.
     
  5. Marekdlux

    Marekdlux Member

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    Thanks Fred. I'll go check that out now.
    -Marek
     
  6. Baz

    Baz Very Active Member

    If there is one thing i miss from my old days using graphix advantage was the <> kerning keys in composer. I sure wish other softwares had this kerning capability.
     
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