I made several styles of the same font family. How can I make one that translates it into a series of dots? (Resulting in a (round-)dot trace font)

  • You mean something like this? Jun 8 '14 at 22:38
  • @IlmariKaronen Similar, yes, a style that uses many dots instead of a line
    – Peter V
    Jun 9 '14 at 6:52
  • How have you made your font?
    – Jenna
    Jun 11 '14 at 11:59
  • @Jenna shapes, not strokes if that is what you're referring to (Fontographer 5/ FontLab Studio 5.1.2)
    – Peter V
    Jun 11 '14 at 13:09

If you wanted to dork out on your solution, you could make a script in Processing to help automate the process a bit.

You can load the font as-is with the PFont function: http://processing.org/reference/PFont.html

Generate ellipses in the shape path: http://processing.org/reference/ellipse_.html

And then export the forms as PDFs: http://processing.org/reference/libraries/pdf/index.html


Is your typeface built up with strokes (as opposed to shapes)? Then, all you'll have to do is give those strokes a dotted line. In Illustrator, you'd use the stroke palette.

dashed line in the stroke palette in Illustrator

Then, Object > Expand the glyph.

  • @Bakabaka thank you for the answer. It is built with shapes, what else can we do?
    – Peter V
    Jun 11 '14 at 12:34
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    You could try to trace the shapes with strokes. There's probably cleverer methods, but those are beyond my league.
    – Vincent
    Jun 11 '14 at 12:41

What about using a dot pattern as the fill on the shapes? Select the shape, and use the appearance palette to apply a dot pattern?

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