Multiple letters "A" in one font weight

Hi Guys,

Before buying the app I would like to know if it is possible to make multiple letters of, for example the letter “A”. So the first time you type “A” it shows “A” but the second time you type the “A” it shows “a”. What is this called and if it’s possible what is the limit of different characters? Please let me know!


It is possible, but you would need Glyphs (not Glyphs Mini) for that. You call this a contextual alternate. There are tutorials about that:

See which one fits best.

Thanks for your response! If I try this than it only changes the second “A” if it’s directly after the first one. They seem to explain this in the second part of the Part 3 tutorial on Advanced Contextual Alternates. I have no clue how this works though… been trying it but cant follow after the “Two Separate Cycles for More Randomness”

Is there a template that I can download somewhere (paid or free)? Where all the code for these contextual alternates is already set-up and I only need to replace the letters and work on the kerning etc. Thanks in advance!

The complete code is in the tutorials. It won’t get better than this. Read the first part too maybe. If you take it step by step, it should be easy to write code that does what you want.

Don’t forget to compile the code before you test/export.

Hmm… that’s what I was afraid of. I think I get everything untill it starts about “consonant classes” What is a consonant class and where do I need to put that code? Thanks for the help so far mekkablue! :wink:

It is a class that contains consonants as opposed to vowels. But you probably do not need that kind of complexity for what you are trying to do. But I am not entirely sure what you are trying to do.

I want to make a typeface out of the handwritting of an artist. To make it look a little bit more realistic I want alternative letters so if i would type the sentence “youtube is underground” for example. The letters “U” in the word youtube should be different versions but it should also be a different version then the first “u” in underground. (the handleterring consist of 3 alternatives per character)

Can you help me with that?

Then that’s the right tutorial after all.
I suggest you reread, but start with part 1, and take it slowly from there.

THANKS! I get it now :slight_smile:

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