When I export a layered font as a SVG Color font using a Color Layers to SVG Custom Parameter, Glyphs will decompose all components, something that it doesn’t do if this CP isn’t present.
Is there a way to stop this? There have been a few times when I’ve exported this way and then saved the file, overwriting the version that contains components when I shouldn’t have and I’ve had to go back and recreate things. Is possible that the behaviour for this could be changed?
I’m having a similar issue. I’m trying to export a svg Pixel Font in Glyphs 3. The “pixels” are all made from a single component, which is a native Color layer containing a rectangle filled with a gradient.
This is a test glyph made from intact components (all on one Color layer):
Custom parameters: “Color Layers to SVG”, “Export SVG table” checked.
Export: “Autohinting” and “remove overlap” unchecked.
When I export as .otf and test the font, all components are decomposed and merged to one shape, which is filled with a singular gradient:
How can I prevent this from happening? Is it possible what I’m trying to achieve?
While working in the Glyphs editor (singular native color layer) I also noticed that sometimes gradient fills expand over multiple shapes when copied. Only the first time a “true” copy of the shape with the intact gradient relative to its shape is made - which then is overwritten with the same “global gradient position” on export.
I noticed building the gradient from scratch again – no copying or components – helps this last issue, but is extremely time consuming.
This issue in various forms has been keeping me busy the last couple of days, which makes me think that I might not understand a fundamental principle of Color Layer/SVG fonts. I always run into issues when placing multiple of the same (native gradient or SVG) elements on one layer.