When I drew my glyphs in Glyphs 3, I tried to use as few anchor points as possible. When I pull the font into CAD software (Rhino), or when I “create outlines” in Adobe Illustrator, I end up with way more anchors. Am I doing something wrong? Why does it seem I’ve lost the information within the font I made?
This is because you are expanding TrueType outlines. Don’t worry, this is the normal behaviour. Is it posing you a problem?
I should mention two things regarding terminology:
You are not losing anything. Technically, you are even gaining more nodes. The outlines are absolutely identical to the ones you drew in Glyphs, it’s just a different mathematical model of representing them.
You’re not losing “anchors”. In type design, anchors are the red dots you use to align components (accents etc.). You’re talking about nodes (or points). The “anchors” are called oncurve nodes and the handles are called offcurve nodes, although you can also say handle.
I initially exported this as .ttf rather than .otf because I was concerned about having “PostScript/CFF” selected in order to use .otf. Adobe programs have stopped supporting “apple script text.” Is that what this is? Or will an .otf export work just fine?
I exported as .otf and tested in in Illustrator. However, when I Create Outlines I’m still not receiving the same nodes I used to draw the glyphs. If this is something others have had success with before, am I perhaps exporting incorrectly?