Import Raster Image

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Import Raster Image

Import Image can be selected from the Tools menu when you have activated a Glyph Edit window or it can be selected from the context menu after right-clicking in the window.


When you click on the Load button you get an open dialog box where you can open an image file (recommended image dimension between 250x250 and 500x500 pixels). The image will be displayed on the left and there will be a bitmap that is going to be used for the conversion on the right. There are some filters and other operations you can apply to the source image before starting the conversion.


If your source image is small, you might get better results if you resize the image.


The Threshold level is used to convert a color image into a black and white image. The Threshold level is the lightness value above which colors are turned black. All colors with lightness values above the level are turned into black. At a Threshold level of 1, all colors except white change to black.


Check the Negative image field to invert the image.


Dilation causes objects to grow in size and erosion causes objects to shrink. The amount that they grow or shrink depends upon the value specified on the right of the selection box.


Use the Smooth Filter to smooth the image. This will usually reduce the number of generated points.


When the Import Mode is set to Trace, the image will be converted with curves. This is the recommended setting. In case you don't want curves (especially useful for bar code fonts and pixel fonts), set the Import Mode to Pixels.


Check the Default field to save the current settings as the default for each new import. These settings are also used when pasting an image from the clipboard. Choosing to press the Cancel button will retain these default settings.


Use the settings on the Glyph tab to position and resize the generated contours.


When you press the Generate button the conversion will start.


Tip: You can also paste an image from the clipboard or drag and drop image(s) from explorer into the Font Overview and Glyph Edit windows.

Note: You can't import images into composite glyphs.