you can use any TrueType font it must first be installed. The installation
process is detailed elsewhere on this web site and you can visit
the installation section using one of the links shown below.
Installing a TrueType font in Windows 95/98,
Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000/XP
Installing a TrueType font on a Macintosh
installed, a Formula Solutions custom TrueType font acts in the
same way as a standard TrueType font. We have illustrated the
various stages involved using a series of screen shots shown
below. Our example is using Microsoft Word 97, but the principle
is the same for all applications.
1 - Load your application
the application and if required load an existing document.
2 - Select the position of the image
the required position on the page that you want the image to
3 - Select the Formula Solutions custom TrueType font
custom font is selected in the same way that you would usually
change font, either from a font drop down list or from a font
selection dialog box. The font name that appears in the list
of fonts is chosen when the font is manufactured and can be selected
by the customer.
4 - Select a suitable point size
point size is also selected in the usual way, either from a drop
down list as shown or from a font size dialog box. A point size
of 72 point will result in an image approximately 1 inch high.
Some applications, such as Microsoft Word, only list certain
sizes in the drop down list, but other intermediate and larger
sizes can usually be entered allowing specific sizes of images
to be created.
5 - Type the characters associated with the image
a custom TrueType font is created, the image is usually split
into several characters within the font. In the example below
the logo is associated with the characters 'abc'. When these
characters are typed the logo is displayed. There are various
reasons for splitting the image over several characters and this
topic is covered in more detail on the TrueType
font FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page.
6 - Colour the image if required
the TrueType font specification does not support colour we manufacture
the fonts split in such a way that it is possible for the user
to colour an image using facilities within the application. If
it is possible to change the colour of text within a document
then it is possible to colour a TrueType image such as a logo.
the example below the character 'a' produces the 'BT' letters,
the character 'b' produces the sections of the piper to be coloured
blue and the character 'c' produces the remaining sections of
the piper to be coloured red. Once the characters 'ab' are coloured
blue and the character 'c' is coloured red the image shown below
will be displayed.
are several methods that can be used to colour a custom TrueType
font and they are detailed on the Colouring
a TrueType font page.
7 - Modify the size or colour if required
at any time you wish to modify either the size or colours, the
image can simply be highlighted and changed in the same way that
you would modify any other text within a document.
you are using a Microsoft application you may find the following
helpful when changing the size of any text. Select the text and
then hold down both the Control and Shift keys together, then
press '<' to make text smaller and '>' to make text larger.
This will increase or decrease the point size in large steps.
If you want to finely adjust the size hold down Control and press
either '[' or ']' to decrease or increase the point size respectively
in single point increments.
example we have shown here is of a logo but the same method is
used for adding signatures, symbols and quality marks to a document.