How to

Learn how to jump to skeletons with Letterink easily.

Install your plug–in

1 Ensure you have a recent build of Glyphs 2. We do not test nor officially support older builds of Glyphs 2. If you are running an older build of Glyphs 2 and you experience issues in running the Letterink plug–in please update to the current build of both and try again. If you use Glyphs 1.x or Glyphs Mini you need to upgrade to Glyphs.

2 Download and extract Letterink.zip you get with your order. There will be two files the Readme document and the plug–in file.

3 Double click on Letterink.glyphsTool and confirm plug-in installation if asked by the Glyphs app.

4 Restart the Glyphs app to reload plug-ins. Now you can enjoy skeleton based type design.

Use Letterink

1 If, you have not already done, start the Glyphs app and open a document as usual.

2 Draw a skeleton as a bezier cureve using standard tools provided by the Glyphs app.

3 Switch to the Letterink tool either by mouse or by pressing “k” on a keyboard. The Letterink tool icon looks like “L”.

4 Notice the new lines and handles at each curve end. They are the way how you can express an angle and a width of a nib at that point. As you manipulate them, the computed nib outline updates automatically. You can freely change tools and update the skeleton and then update the nib angles and widths as necessary.

5 You can also set/change a global angle and width of a nib as well as for each glyph in the boxes shown at the bottom of the canvas (click on the numbers to edit them). All these settings are stored relatively to the upper level, so if you change a global setting than all per–glyph and per–node angles and widths also change.

6 As you get (almost) satisfied with the result, you can materialise the nib outlines to let you fine tune them. Switch to the Letterink tool, trigger the context menu of the drawing canvas and select the Expand outlines context menu item. This command replaces the skeleton and the nib angles and widths with the computed nib outlines.

7 Fine tune the outline using other tools provided by the Glyphs app. The Letterink plug-in is now inactive and no longer draws the nib angles nor widths. You can make the plug–in active again any time by switching to the tool, triggering the context menu of the drawing canvas and selecting the Add outlines context menu item.

Uninstall Letterink if need to

1 Delete Letterink.glyphsTool from the
~\Library\Application Support\Glyphs\Plugins folder.‍

2 Restart the Glyphs app if it is currently running.
That's it.

There is no way how to delete plug-in data from saved files other than editing the saved files manually. All fields related to the Letterink plug-in use “Letterink-” prefix.

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In any case of struggling, whistle on our support at ahoy@letterinkapp.com, and we’ll appear to help you anytime.

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