Adding a New Character - the EURO Sign

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Sometimes a font is missing one or more characters. Here is explained how to add the EURO sign to an existing font.


There are two ways to add a character to a font. The easiest and recommend way is explained first:

1a.Add a character at the end of the glyph list (recommended)

 Select Characters from the Insert menu. Enter "EURO SIGN" into the Find Part of Character Name and press the Find Next button. Now select the Add button and press the OK button.


 Note: Insert Characters is not available in the Home Edition of FontCreator.


1b. Add a glyph at the end of the glyph list

 Select Glyphs from the Insert menu and insert one glyph after the last glyph.


 Give the glyph a proper Postscript Name

 Right-click on the glyph and select Properties to open the Properties window.

 On the General page set the Postscript Name field to "Euro".


 Assign mappings to the glyph

 In the same Properties window on the Mappings page select the Windows Unicode Unicode BMP (UCS-2), or Microsoft Symbol Platform and click the Select button.


 In the top pane select from the blocks list:

 "$20A0 or 8352 | $20CF or 8399 | Currency Symbols"

 and the bottom pane changes but do not press the OK button.


 In the bottom pane select from the characters list:

 "$20AC or 8364 | <empty>* | EURO SIGN"


 Note: * this field should be empty otherwise the character is already mapped to another glyph.

 After pressing two OK buttons the glyph outline can be edited.


2.Edit the glyph

Double-click the Euro glyph to open the Glyph Edit window. There are several ways to add contours to the glyph:

Freedraw contours (Insert -> Freedraw Contours...)
Import an image (Tools -> Import Image)
Add new contours (right-click and select "New Contour...")
Paste contours from other glyphs
Drag outlines from the Samples toolbar


3.Adjust the right and left bearings

 Around the glyph there are four lines that represent the Bearings. These are shown by default but you can hide them through the Show Bearings button on the Drawing toolbar. The left and right bearings can be changed by dragging them to their desired position.


 You could also adjust the bearings when you right click a glyph in the Glyph Overview window and select "Properties...". Here you can alter the left side bearing and the advance width.


4.Test the font.

 Select Test in the Font menu.

 Add a Euro sign in the text area with Alt-0128 or use MainType utility to copy and paste the EURO character into the text area.