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Accessing OpenType options with software you already have on your Mac

OpenType fonts are amazing, but you can’t get to all the awesomeness without Adobe Illustrator or InDesign, right? Wrong! Where there’s a will, there’s a way to get your hands on a bunch of OpenType features and every single glyph using just the software that comes with your Mac. I show you how in this video. (Tim Cook you can thank me later.)

Here are the written steps for accessing OpenType features via TextEdit:

  1. Open TextEdit (v1.6 or 1.7 are known to work) If TextEdit is not already in your Dock, type TextEdit in Spotlight search or find it in your Applications folder or LaunchPad.
  2. Type your word or phrase and highlight it.
  3. Select Format>Font>Show Fonts or ⌘-T to open the OSX Font Panel
  4. Select a font from the scrolling list and adjust the size for ease of viewing.
  5. Click on the gear icon at the lower left of the Fonts Window and select Typography to open the Typography window.
  6. Click the triangles to expand or condense the list of Typography features, which will vary depending on the font selected.
  7. With all or some of the text selected, begin toggling features in the Typography window while watching changes to the text. This is a trial and error process to find alternatives accessible from the Typography window.
    Tip: Try the process above with any program that has the OSX Font Panel.

When you are finished formatting your word or phrase, it can be exported via one of two ways:

  • screen capture (low resolution) : shift-⌘-4 to save a .png version to your desktop for import into another application; or shift-control-⌘-4 to save to the clipboard for pasting into another application

or

  • export as PDF (fully scaleable) : File>Export as PDF then type in name, choose location and click Save to create a vector PDF.

This PDF can be converted to SVG with the webapp Misc2SVG using the following steps:

  1. Go to http://www.network-science.de/tools/misc2svg/
  2. Click the Choose File button and navigate to the PDF you just exported and click Open.
  3. Click “senden.”
  4. Click Download.
  5. Safari: right click (or control-click) image in browser window and Save Page As, name file, select location, leave format as “Page Source” and Click Save.
    Firefox: right click (or control-click) image in browser window and Save Page As, name file, select location, leave format as “Web Page, SVG Only” and Click Save.
    Chrome: right click (or control-click) image in browser window and Save As, name file, select location, and click Save.
    This SVG is suitable for Inkscape, diecutting software, etc.

Here are the written steps for viewing and exporting vectors for all the OpenType glyphs via Font Book:

  1. Open Font Book. If it is not already in your Dock, type “Font Book” in Spotlight search or find it in your Applications folder or LaunchPad.
  2. Click on the font name to select the font you want to work with.
  3. Choose Preview>Repertoire for a preview of all the glyphs in the font.
  4. File>Print, choose Repertoire from the Report Type drop down menu. (Click the Show Details button and/or select Font Book from the pull down menu if you do not see this option.)
  5. Adjust the Glyph Size slider as desired and use the preview window to identify the page range you want to export.
  6. Enter the page range in the appropriate boxes.
  7. Press PDF>Save as PDF, then enter name and location and click Save.
  8. This vector PDF can be converted to SVG with the webapp Misc2SVG using the following steps:
  9. This vector PDF can be converted to SVG with the webapp Misc2SVG using the following steps: Go to http://www.network-science.de/tools/misc2svg/
  10. Click the Choose File button and navigate to the PDF you just exported and click Open.
  11. Enter the page number of the page you would like to convert into the box above the senden button. Only one page can be converted at a time.
  12. Click “senden.”
  13. Click Download.
  14. Safari: right click (or control-click) image in browser window and Save Page As, name file, select location, leave format as “Page Source” and Click Save.
    Firefox: right click (or control-click) image in browser window and Save Page As, name file, select location, leave format as “Web Page, SVG Only” and Click Save.
    Chrome: right click (or control-click) image in browser window and Save As, name file, select location, and click Save.
    This SVG is suitable for Inkscape, diecutting software, etc.

Pin-friendly title page for my video made using only TextEdit and the font Lavanderia:

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The other font shown in the video is Florence.

June 6, 2013 at 10:59 pm 26 comments

Part 8 … Tracing Without Tears

Part 8 of the Tracing Without Tears series puts the point editing info from Part 7 into use to clean up a broken line trace, and to manually trace an image that can’t be autotraced. Thanks so much for your incredible support of this series!

And in case you missed Part 1 (intro), you can find it here,Part 2 (threshold) is here, Part 3 (line art) is here , Part 4 (print and cut) is here, Part 5 (filter tech) is here, Part 6 (photos) is here and Part 7 (point editing) is here.

And there’s a playlist here.

May 17, 2013 at 8:18 pm 14 comments

Part 7 … Tracing Without Tears really Point Editing

Part 7 of the Tracing Without Tears series is not really about tracing at all. It’s about point editing, or node editing, which is prerequisite information for cleaning up traced images and so much more. I needed to lay this groundwork so I could answer your questions in the next video. So thanks for bearing with me as we veer off course a bit. Perhaps you’ll find this handy for more than just tracing.

And in case you missed Part 1 (intro), you can find it here, Part 2 (threshold) is here, Part 3 (line art) is here , Part 4 (print and cut) is here, Part 5 (filter tech) is here, and Part 6 (photos) is here.

And there’s a playlist here.

April 23, 2013 at 5:58 pm 11 comments

Part 6 … Tracing Without Tears

For those of you who have been clamoring for a tutorial on tracing photos, I’m happy to announce the release of Tracing without Tears Part 6. I’ve learned so much along the way, and have become impressed at how much you really can do with just the limited capabilities in Silhouette Studio. I thought this would be the end of the series, but I’ve got a few extra tips and tricks that didn’t fit in the other videos so I guess there will be at least one more after this. Thanks again for all your kind comments and encouragement.

And in case you missed Part 1 (intro), you can find it here,Part 2 (threshold) is here, Part 3 (line art) is here , Part 4 (print and cut) is here, and Part 5 (filter tech) is here.

And there’s a playlist here.

March 29, 2013 at 1:00 pm 19 comments

Part 5 … Tracing Without Tears

Part 5 of the Tracing Without Tears series is done, and it answers all of you who’ve been wanting an explanation about the high pass, low pass and scaling controls. It’s a little technical and not that practical, but  is needed background before we move into more advanced tracing projects.

And in case you missed Part 1, you can find it here,Part 2 is here, Part 3 is here and Part 4 is here.

And there’s a playlist here.

March 15, 2013 at 8:35 pm 13 comments

Part 4 … Tracing Without Tears

Today I’m posting Part 4 of the Tracing Without Tears series, which focuses on tracing for print and cut. I go through a half dozen representative examples including a cut file that has already been traced, a decoupage sheet, and several styles of clip art. I also unearth the mystery of the trace and detach button and show one use for the low pass filter. Thanks again for your enthusiastic response to this video series. Keep leaving your comments and keep spreading the word while I keep the videos coming!

And in case you missed Part 1, you can find it here ,Part 2 is here and Part 3 is here.

And there’s a playlist here.

March 2, 2013 at 10:28 am 21 comments

Part 3 … Tracing Without Tears

Part 3 of Tracing Without Tears is ready. This edition covers how to trace line art, and how to work with the trace results to get the kind of cuts you want using Silhouette Studio. This includes separating a trace to cut the pieces from different colors of paper or vinyl and some tips on tracing templates.

And in case you missed Part 1, you can find it here or for Part 2, click here.

February 19, 2013 at 10:08 pm 34 comments

Part 2 … Tracing Without Tears

The response to my first video has been overwhelming! I so appreciate your kind comments and welcome all my new YouTube subscribers! It seems I struck a nerve for those of you whose learning style challenges you to understand what is behind the steps you are taking. I hope this series will continue to bring you “Aha moments” on the way to full mastery of Silhouette Studio. Part 2 of Tracing Without Tears, which I am releasing today, covers how the threshold setting works, what its limitations are, and how to use it to trace several representative logos which serve as our examples.

And in case you missed Part 1, you can find it here.

February 4, 2013 at 7:04 pm 23 comments

Double-sided print and cut in SS

Once you’ve mastered print and cut with the Silhouette, the next logical step is double-sided print and cut. I see a lot of questions about this so I decided to make a video on how I do it. So many possibilities once you know the tricks!

January 18, 2013 at 12:09 pm 22 comments

Stencilizer: a shortcut for diecutters

My latest web app crush is squarely on Stencilizer, a cool online tool for automatically posterizing, smoothing, vectorizing and color separating photo input. Upload an optimized (clear, close up, cropped, background removed, high contrast) image and Stencilizer first presents you with 9 choices in various brightness levels and number of colors.

Choose your favorite and then Stencilizer yields up to 5 SVG files ready to download, cut and layer.

In addition to its intended purpose of making layered stencils, I see at least 3 more ways the digital diecutting community can put this tool to use. First off, if you are familiar with the stunning Paper Portraits by Greg over at Paper Kutz Studios you may have wished for a lazy crafter’s version. Stencilizer gives you that.

The Stencilizer output is not nearly as detailed as what you would get through the meticulous methods Greg generously shares in his tutorials, of course, but should work fine for smaller projects, greeting cards, etc. Though I haven’t tried it yet, I can foresee combining the Stencilizer output with Greg’s advice on paper colors to create some nice pieces.

Secondly, rendering photos in vinyl for tiles and for etching on vases, etc is very popular. File creation has been a challenging proposition, though, as most crafters lack the image editing savvy to translate a photo into a single color cut file that is recognizable, much less flattering. While the SVG files from Stencilizer are not suitable for vinyl work, the enlarged previews it generates are adequate for tracing.

I’ve put together a video tutorial on how you can use Stencilizer to make cut files for vinyl. In it I use Silhouette Studio for the tracing, but any cutting program or Inkscape would do the job just as well if not better.

Though not diecutter related, I will mention (since it happens to be October) that you could use Stencilizer in this same manner for custom pumpkin carving designs. Assuming the black will be cut out, be sure you add “bridges” so that you don’t have any white completely surrounded by black.

Thirdly, Stencilizer works well for the posterization needed for the hatched sketch technique I recently posted and for other projects such as glitter/sand painting where areas of discreet color need to be delineated. The SVG files Stencilizer generates are meant to be stacked, so they will not work for this, as we can not have hatching layers overlap, but once again, the previews can be traced with good results.

I’ve made a video on using Stencilizer as part of the sketching process, too.

Finally, let me mention that Stencilizer’s revenue stream comes from sales of custom cut paper stencils. Since those of us with our own diecutters will not need to buy stencils, I encourage you to take advantage of Stencilizer’s donate button if you find the web app useful.

October 19, 2012 at 8:51 am 11 comments

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