Color Extension

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Color Extension

As revealed at the Microsoft Build Developer Conference in June 2013, Windows 8.1 comes with a revolutionary extension to the OpenType font standard, which introduces multi-color fonts. The technology which is both simple and powerful uses multi-layer glyphs which are in essence scalable outlines that are rendered and processed like any other character, except each layer has its own color.


High-Logic is convinced this new technology will open new colorful doors. That is why FontCreator was the first font editor to support the new multi-color fonts extension.


The beauty of the color extension is that the fonts will continue to work like any other font on devices and systems that don’t support the extension yet. That is why it is strongly recommended to always include the base outlines for each glyph (used as fallback in case color fonts are not supported, or not wanted in a particular situation).