Editing Simple Glyphs

  • Modifying points
  • Modifying lines and curves
  • Adding new outline elements
  • Deleting outline elements
  • Transforming outline contours
  • Cutting and enclosing outline contours
  • Simple glyph outlines can be edited directly. You may add new contours to glyphs, delete elements, move points and curves and convert curves from cubic to quadratic ones and vice versa. Let's take a look at these outline editing features:

    • Modifying points
    • Moving points
      To move a certain point select and drag it keeping left mouse button down. Another way to change the position of the point is to edit its rectangular coordinates in the Properties window:



      Setting point as the beginning of the contour
      To make any specified point the beginning of the contour select it and use the context menu item "Make node first". Another way to change the order of the point on the contour is to edit IsBeginning flag in the Properties window:



      Making point smoothed
      To make any specified point smoothed, i.e. to adjust the two neighboring control points so that the line through them is tangent to the specified point, select the point and use the context menu item "Smooth". Another way to change the smoothness of point is to edit Smoothed flag in the Properties window:



    • Modifying lines and curves
    • Moving lines and curves
      To move a certain line or curve you just need to select it and drag it keeping left mouse button down:



      Transforming lines and curves
      To transform a certain line or curve you can move or modify its control and main points:



    • Adding new lines and curves
    • 1. Adding new contour
      To add a new contour to the glyph choose "New..." from "Glyph Editor" menu and select the type of the first contour curve: straight line, cubic or quadratic Bezier curve:



      After that you may set the beginning point of the new contour with a mouse click:



      2. Adding a new line or curve to the contour
      The next step to be performed is adding new lines and curves to the new contour. You have a possibility to use "Glyph Editor" menu just like above. Control and main points of lines and curves are defined with mouse clicks step by step. For example if you choose to add a new cubic curve then the first mouse click sets its beginning point, the second and the third specify position of curve control points:



      3. Completing the new contour
      You have two opportunities to finish the creation of the new contour: close it or leave opened. If the contour is to be closed, drag the last point to be added onto the beginning point or use "Close Contours" item from "Glyph Editor->New..." menu. To leave contour opened press "Esc" or use context menu:



    • Deleting outline elements
    • Deleting selected elements
      When certain outline elements are selected, You can remove them using context menu or pressing "Del":



      NOTE: When a certain curve or a line is deleted, both ending points of this curve or line are also deleted.
      Using eraser
      To delete outline points you can use the eraser tool. Select "Eraser" from the "Glyph Editor" menu or press toolbar button with the corresponding icon:

      NOTE: When a certain curve or a line is deleted, both ending points of this curve or line are also deleted.
    • Transforming outline contours
    • Using Magic Wand tool
      Magic Wand tool allows you to transform outline contours similarly to transforming glyph components when editing a composite glyph (see Editing composite glyphs: Component Transformation section). Four types of transformations can be applied to a contour: scaling, rotating, vertical and horizontal shearing. To specify a contour for transforming select "Magic Wand" from "Glyph Editor" menu or press the toolbar button: (Magic Wand) and click on the contour to be transformed. The smallest rectangle enclosing the contour will be marked with blue bounding lines. The center and corner points of this rectangle will be marked with a cross and small squares respectively:



      You may want to perform transformation to two outline contours simultaneously. To add an existing outline contour to "Magic Wand" selection press "Shift" key and click on the contour to be appended:



      You can finish transforming contour by pressing "Esc" or choosing "Stop" context menu item:



    • Cutting and enclosing outline contours
    • Cutting contours
      To cut the contour at any selected position select "Cut Contour" from the "Glyph Editor" menu or press scissors button: (Cut)

      Position of contour cut is set with mouse click:



      Two new ending points appear at the cut line. The modified contour is now opened.
      Enclosing contours
      To enclose the selected contour use "Close Contours" from the "Glyph Editor->New..." menu:



      The selected opened contour is closed and filled:



      Attaching several contours
      To attach several opened contours, drag the points of attachment and a new closed contour constructed of selected opened ones will appear:



      The new contour is closed and filled.