I’m trying add Arabic characters to my typeface. So I generate the Arabic glyphs. Now I have a greyed out image in the character slots. This as you know disappears when you start to draw. As I think it would be useful to have the correct characters in the background I assign a background using an Arabic font. The only way I can view these characters is in view all. In the basic view the slots are all empty. Is this making sense to anyone?
All I want to do is have an Arabic font as background to draw characters that harmonize with my Roman font.
Thanks for any help
You can use the UnicodeChecker app to give you the current glyph in any of the installed fonts on your system. Click the arrow next to the glyph name in the info box. If you don’t have the app, yet, it will tell you where to get it.
If you want to assign background, the glyph names must be the same. Existing fonts probably do not have the same naming scheme. You can try Glyph > Update Glyphs Info before assigning.
But again, the placeholder image is simply to give you a rough idea which letter you are working in. It is not intended to facilitate plagiarism or be in the way of your design. The whole point is to be gone once you draw something.
As rough reference you can perhaps better try the Show Character plug-in from Window > Plugin Manager.