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    Exclamation How to Edit Ripped Fonts with FontLab Studio (Tutorial)

    Hi Guys,

    In this little tutorial I'll try to explain how to edit your ripped fonts with FontLab Studio.

    Many times when we download fonts from the forum are WF (WebFont),
    but the user does not edit the names and we see a complete list in our programs.




    In this tutorial we learn how to edit our ripped fonts to see this.



    When we rip a font we can see two kind of files.



    Many user share the ready files in format TTF with this symbol "☞"
    and we need a serious font to work and not a big list of fonts in our softwares.


    "Go with the tutorial"

    Step1.- Open your files with FontLab Studio. Doesn't matter the kind of file (Python or TTF)

    Step2.- After opening the file, open the Font Info dialog in the front file.



    Step3.- In the "Version and Identification" press the auto button



    Step4.-In the "Identification Settings" make the same (Press the button)



    Step5.- Now we edit the name of the font. (Names and Copyright)
    a - In "Family name" we put only the name. For example "Bloket Pro"
    b - In "Weight" we select a style. Thin, Light, Normal, Medium, ExtraBold, etc.
    If the the font it's italic, select "Font is italic"
    c - Press the button "Build Style Name"
    d - Press the button "Build Names"




    Step6.- In the "OpenType-specific names" we just press the button "Build OpenTypes Names"



    Note: In this part we can return to "Names and Copyright" and complete the name of the font with the style. With this we show a complete name in the final file (you can see the example to the end of the tutorial)

    Step7.- Now we go to "Additional OpenType names" and press the button "Import Names" to complete the information in the font.



    Press Apply and ok to save the changes and now we can save our edited font. Pressing Ctrl + Alt + G and selecting the format we are ready.


    This is the difference, adding or not the name of each font



    Is not necessary to complete the name but if you open a font you will see only the name, for exaple you'll always see Bloket Pro although you'll be viewing a ExtraBold style



    Note: The styles "Regular" and "Normal" are the same, if you select one or other always will appear "Regular". In the case of "Book" style you will have to write the style though it appears in the list.



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    Great tutorial, thank you for this very useful post, i stuck it ;)

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    Nycionx,

    The info is saved in "Additional OpenType Name", if you don't complete the name
    in Font Family the file show the true name too.

    To put the Style name after the name it's only to see the complete name in the final file.



    For example, in this picture you can see the font "tomate", all files in the name say tomate
    but in the icons files you see the complete name ... Tomate-Black, Tomate-Light, etc ...




    So then, if you put the Style, now you will see this.

    Last edited by Dj.Dance; 11-15-2013 at 04:33 PM.

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    An excellent tutorial. However, note that in step 7 font encoding is not for European languages​​.

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    Hi Dj.Dance!

    Your tutorial is a great help and it works well for the final touches when the (names of the) weights defined by the font designer match those available in Fontlab under the pop-up menu: "Weight". If, however, a weight, say "Hairline", pre-defined by the designer that doesn't match one of the weights in the pop-up menu, things mess up - at least that is what I've experienced. Same is true for the weights "Regular/Normal/Book". For example, if a "book" weight is available in a font family, along with the "Normal" and/or "Regular", the FontLab seems to treat these two the same way, hence in the application's menu, for example Illustrator's, the book weight doesn't get showed at all.

    Do you have any workaround for these tiny issues?

    Thanks again.

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    Hi fontsmania,

    In this case you will have to complete the Style, the weight will stay as Normal
    and in the Style name, you'll have to write "Hairline" or another style not included in the list.



    Then you will fill the styles in the OpenType-specific names pressing the button Build OpenTypes names.

    Return to Names and Copyright and put the style next to the name.



    That's all !!

    Coming soon a video tutorial !!

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    Thank You very much Dj.Dance for your Tutorial!!

    A great help for me.

    Here are some Links about Font Naming:
    http://forum.fontlab.com/index.php?topic=313.0
    http://www.kltf.de/downloads/FontNaming-kltf.pdf
    http://image.linotype.com/files/pdf/LN0005_V1_2.pdf
    http://www.adobe.com/devnet/font/pdfs/5088.FontNames.pdf

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    Thanks a lot, Dj.Dance, for your solution! That works like a charm! Much appreciated!

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    Required reading Learn FontLab Fast - Leslie Cabarga -> download: http://ge.tt/2Svggxz/v/0

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    Brilliant, thanks very much DJ Dance! This is just the tutorial i was looking for!

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    nice tutorials

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    Truetype fonts

    If you are renaming (and resaving) a truetype font you can use the option:

    Use Cachett program to generate devices metric tables in TT fonts:

    See the picture:
    http://www.mediafire.com/view/nr375p973w533zp/cachett.jpg

    To install Microsoft fonttools(Cachett and others):
    http://www.microsoft.com/typography/tools/tools.aspx

    If your font has opentype features take care to not remove them after resaving

    Artur

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    Added the Video Tutorial.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samiartur View Post
    If you are renaming (and resaving) a truetype font you can use the option:

    Use Cachett program to generate devices metric tables in TT fonts:

    See the picture:
    http://www.mediafire.com/view/nr375p973w533zp/cachett.jpg

    To install Microsoft fonttools(Cachett and others):
    http://www.microsoft.com/typography/tools/tools.aspx

    If your font has opentype features take care to not remove them after resaving

    Artur
    This one not work on Windows 7 ... I can't prove it !!

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    This is fantastic!! Thank you for taking the time to make it

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