I am using Fontlab Studio 5 on Windows.

I am working on a ttf font design in Fontlab Studio and I am aware I can use Metrics to set the space between the various characters but can I set the space or distance between lines of type?

I know that in most Word processors or, for example, Adobe Illustrator you would use the line spacing or paragraph features but can this be actually set within the font metrics?

Many thanks

1 Answer 1


In typography, the distance between adjacent lines of type is called Leading.

In Fontlab Studio 5, the simplest way to adjust it is using a property called TypoLineGap. To access it, use the menu File > Font Info... (or press Ctrl+Alt+F). From the options tree in the left, select Metrics and Dimensions > TrueType-specific metrics, and click the option Set custom values. Before changing the TypoLineGap, press once the Recalculate button, in order to allow Fontlab to choose the recommended values for the other parameters, and only then play with the TypoLineGap value.

You can check the effect entering some text in the Preview panel. In order to insert a new line, type \n between lines of text.

NOTE: This is the simplest way, but it has technical details you may have to address. Check this Font Metrics Manual.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.