Today I'm learning that making fonts is difficult


I'm trying to make a glitchy variable font using open source tools that work on linux. What I'm trying to achieve is something like this from a video I made many years ago

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There's a very handy guide on making variable fonts using fontforge and other tools

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but when I run fontmake it complains about the two fonts having different number of segments (they have the same amount of points).

I think I'm gonna have to manually fix it or manually glitch it. Gonna take a looooooooong time

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Back on this again, this time coming across ctrlcctrlv's second method for creating variable fonts

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If I could find a way to import all glyphs from one font as a new layer on corresponding glyphs on another font then this potentially could be a way to automate the creation of a glitch variable font. Sadly I don't think this is possible in the gui itself.

I'd have to learn how to automate it and I don't want to do that now (no time).

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Another issue is that the essential creation and renaming of layers (need one called "End State") isn't possible as, for me, when entering a layer name certain letters are interpreted as tool shortcut keys.

"s" and "a" are shortcuts and so it comes out as "End tte". Argh!

Any other Fontforge users getting this?

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@paperdigits @n8 if he can that would be great! I'm afraid of asking on mailing list/software support forums as I know I'm misusing the software and fonts

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