I have set up a font with a regular and bold master, and successfully created a special master used for interpolation in bolder weights using the “Bold ” layer trick.
Now I am adding another master on a new axis that alters the thickness of the thins. Can I still use the bracketed alternate trick, and if so, how do I set it up? Can I have alternate structures that kick in at certain points of the other axis too?
I simply cannot get this bracket thing to work. Are there any instructions on how to use it? Any documentation? Do I need a space before the baracket or not? I tried the “Use as Master” button but it messed things up (and was not undoable!).
Tim, as I understand it “Use as Master” switches out the selected layer for the like-named master layer. It would be nice if Undo worked, but for now to restore you should be able to apply “Use as Master” again to get the layers to switch places back, and then rename the alternate layer (replacing the timestamp with the bracketed value).
I found another issue with this bracket procedure if it comes to kerning:
At first glance it seems pretty logically, that each layer (and therefore each
alternative) has its own spacing and kerning values. But at the moment
there is the danger of overlooking a certain letter’s »special« layer when
working through kerning strings. You know what i mean?
So in fact one would kern a letter (one master), but with no result on the
actual output then.
Perhaps a little mark or hint would be nice, wich reminds you of that
oh, u see it actually really was the spacing, sorry for mixing up. but anyway there’s the chance of overlooking them when making changes to a master. perhaps this is just an issue if one got only a few of these bracket-layers instead of working with them on a whole font.
Yeah, my brain started hurting too much to try to figure out the possibilities here.
Thanks for the workaround suggestion. I haven’t done anything with those instance-specific custom parameters, but now that I look at them they look very powerful, for this and other purposes. For example, I just set it up so my “text” and “display” cuts are generated with different font family names, so they can appear in font menus as two different families, though they can stay together in the same Glyphs file.