This page gives a quick overview into RoboFont’s drawing environment.

Drawing is done in the Glyph Editor, which can be opened by double clicking on any glyph cell in the Font Overview.

While working in the Glyph Editor, you can easily switch to other glyphs and layers using keyboard shorcuts.

Previous / next glyph
Use the shortkeys Cmd ) and Cmd ( to go to the next / previous glyphs.
Jump to glyph
Press J to open the Jump to glyph pop-up window to go to any other glyph in the font. Start typing the glyph name, and the dialog will show a list of possible glyphs to choose from.
Jump to layer
Use the shortkeys Cmd Alt ↓ / Cmd Alt ↑ to switch to the previous / next layer in the current glyph. You can also double click on a outline sitting on a different layer to switch to that layer.
Layers popup
Press L to open the Layers popup window, which can be used to switch to another layer, move the current glyph to another layer, or to flip the contents of the current layer with another layer.

Display options

The Glyph Editor offers unlimited options to fine-tune its appearance and visualization tools.

Glyph preview

Use the backspace key to toggle the preview mode on/off while designing a glyph, so you can quickly visualize and evaluate the glyph shape.

Display options menu

Use the menu at the bottom left to customize the way glyph data is displayed, turning different kinds of data on/off as needed.

Layer display options

Use the Glyph Editor Layers popover to adjust the display options for each layer

icon layer attributes
point coordinates
Customize colors

The glyph view’s display colors can be configured in the Glyph View Preferences. Use the ThemeManager extension to apply existing themes and create your own.

More display features

Use extensions to add special visualization features, for example:

…and much more!

Last edited on 01/09/2021