I don’t normally announce the tools I’ve made here in the forum, but I think this one might be of interest to many designers, so please allow me to share my excitement.
Meet BubbleKern, a set of scripts and viewer plugin that lets you draw the space around letterform in the extra layer called “bubble”. Once you do, the BubbleKern script automatically kerns your typeface.
You can download it from my GitHub repository, and read more about in my blog post (as well as the manual PDF that comes with the package). The manual may not be thorough which I may update, and I’ll upload a tutorial video in the future.
I’d like you to use it and hear your opinion on your experience.
That’s very interesting. I remember first discussing something similar (rectangular zones) to this concept with others in the late '70s, probably 1978, as an on-the-fly kerning mechanism for a particular brand of phototypesetting equipment. It wasn’t really feasible then, but the idea was there.
Given we were working with the very coarse 54-unit system in those days, it’s hard to say how much of an improvement, if any, it might have been. It would have slowed the equipment down quite a bit too, I think.
Today of course we have much better computers and software, and I look forward to trying it out. Thanks so much for making it available.
I am still testing bubblekern. I thought that the problem came from bubblekern, and I had a part of reason…
I seen the kerning window and I had 300.000 pairs.
I think I made something wrong with the script.
1st. I opened a generated otf to test. I had no kerning groups. Bubblekern picked each character as an individual.
2º, I made combinations of everything with everything.
This is the reason of my error.
Thanks for your help. I thought that glyphs could generate illimited pairs.