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Methods to colour a TrueType logo
Although there is no support for colour within the TrueType file format, it is possible to produce logos and symbols which display and print in colour. When the font is manufactured the logo is effectively split into its various sections so that the application can apply the required colour to each area of the logo.

There are various methods available to colour a logo and although it can vary between applications, we have listed below three of the most commons methods.

Method 1 - Changing the colour as you type

This method is usually the quickest, especially if the application allows a quick method for selecting the font colour, such as Microsoft Word.

1. Select the required font from the applications font list.

2. Select the required point size.

3. Select the font colour of the first section of the logo.

4. Type the characters associated with the first section of the logo. This may be one or more characters.

5. Select the font colour of the next section of the logo.

6. Type the characters associated with this section of the logo. This may be one or more characters.

7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 until the logo is complete.

Method 2 - Changing colour after you type the logo

This method is the slowest method but the most reliable. Logos that are very complex, that have multiple colours can get confusing to type, but this method means you can see if you have coloured the logo correctly straight away.

1. Select the required font from the applications font list.

2. Select the required point size.

3. Type all of the characters associated with the colourable logo.

4. Move the cursor to the beginning of the first character that makes up the logo.

5. Press and hold the shift key and press the right arrow key once for each character to be selected.

6. Select the font colour for this section of the logo.

7. Press the right arrow key. This de-selects the current highlighted characters.

8. Repeat steps 5 to 7 until the logo is complete.

Method 3 - Changing font after you type the logo

This method is usually the easiest and simplest, but unfortunately it doesn't work in all applications.

1. Select a standard typeface font such as Arial from the applications font list.

2. Select the required point size.

3. Select the font colour of the first section of the logo.

4. Type the characters associated with the first section of the logo. This may be one or more characters.

5. Select the font colour of the next section of the logo.

6. Type the characters associated with this section of the logo. This may be one or more characters.

7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 until the logo is complete.

8. Select the complete logo. (i.e. highlight all characters within the logo).

9. Change the typeface to the TrueType logo font. The logo should appear correctly coloured. If the logo appears in only one colour then your application can not use this method of colouring a TrueType logo.

An example of colouring a TrueType logo
The above example shows the letters 'jklmno' displayed and coloured using the Arial typeface and below that the logo as it appears after the typeface has been changed from Arial to the required logo font. The Crown logo shown is one of the logos contained within the Formula Solutions Demo TrueType font.

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