How to Create Multi-Color Fonts with FontLab Products

Multi-color fonts are still bleeding edge technology, so no one format is universally (or even widely) supported. But they do work today in a number of places, especially if you can make a font that supports several of the competing would-be standards! This YouTube video by our own Adam Twardoch shows how to create multi-color fonts across multiple color formats, with existing FontLab apps.

Currently we support:

  • Microsoft OpenType COLR/CPAL fonts
  • Adobe/Mozilla (Firefox) OpenType SVG
  • Apple sbix

Color fonts. Overview of the proposals for color extensions of the OpenType font format.

Although Fontlab Ltd. debuted the Photofont technology some 8 years ago, the typographic community did not show much interest for multi-color fonts or typography. In 2013, it changed. Actually, this started a few years ago with Apple introducing the color emoji font into iOS, and then Mac OS X 10.7. Now, all major industry players (Apple, Adobe, Mozilla, Google and Microsoft) have proposed their formats, which aim to extend the OpenType font format by the ability of including color glyph information. The proposals differ in many aspects. Below is a discussion of the proposals along with some personal comments.

This article is very technical. No completeness or correctness of the information presented below, and all views are personal.

The video tutorial by Adam Twardoch accompanies this article by providing a more practical take on color font creation issues.