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Joel ArvidssonAnybody know a "solid square font"
by on Dec 16, 2011 at 8:17:17 am

Hi does anybody know a font where all charecters is just a black square? The goal with this would be that all letters would give a solid line of alpha. Maby this falls apart everytime there a space between two words. Thinking this could be nice for adding a blackbar on subtitles when you have dual lines of text.

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Tim DrageRe: Anybody know a "solid square font"
by on Dec 16, 2011 at 2:18:19 pm

Any font with full/good unicode support has a bunch of shapes and things some of which might work? -

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Michael SzalapskiRe: Anybody know a "solid square font"
by on Dec 16, 2011 at 2:40:29 pm

Good plan except that you have to make sure that the font you're using for the text is monospaced.
There have been some recent threads about ways to get black dynamically behind the text, you might check them out.

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Kevin CampRe: Anybody know a "solid square font"
by on Dec 16, 2011 at 5:48:21 pm

if you did this a lot, and you consistantly used the same font, you could make your own font with black rectangles that matched the width of the character of the other font... so if you typed a 'w' the rectangle would be wider than an 'i' and it would match the width so a string of text from the standard font would match the width of the rectangle font.... though leading/line spacing and kerning/tracking could still be an issue.

if you wanted to give something like that a go there are tools like fontlab's typetool that will let you open an existing font and edit it. opening the existing font would give you each character's width, and you'd then replace the outlines with a rectangle that is the correct width.

it would be tedious.. there are 128 standard characters, and another 128 extended (if you want those), but if you did this a lot, then it could save time.

if you just wanted to get around the limitation that you found (from your previous post) where going to a second line created a larger plate than you wanted, then you could use two separate text layer to do two lines.

Kevin Camp
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