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    Put everything on a single line and don't press <enter> at the end.
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    You dont need everything on a single line.

    But it does need a completely vertical line with nothing in it for that font height. Set the distance between characters to a value not just "auto" and it will evenly space giving good distance between. Then when it asks for font height, also make sure you set the height to how high 1 character is. If you used 25pt font, set it to 25.
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    Just for example, the current font file I am using for the new Wizard is below. Notice the spacing between letters. There is no overhang, so there is a 1x25 pixel dead zone between each character where the config will snip from. I am still trying to think up a good character recognition system so you dont even have to type in the characters' values, but that is way in the future.

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    Image With a black background just so you can see it:
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    might make a good FAQ...I'll give this a try tonight. Thanks for the additional info.

    Nick - if you need help developing some of this, I'll be happy to write it up as I go through the learning process. I've found in the past that it's sometimes the easiest and most thorough way.

    It's what I did when I started at Centrafuse. Started learning and writing FAQs at the same time.



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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGTiVR6 View Post
    might make a good FAQ...I'll give this a try tonight. Thanks for the additional info.

    Nick - if you need help developing some of this, I'll be happy to write it up as I go through the learning process. I've found in the past that it's sometimes the easiest and most thorough way.

    It's what I did when I started at Centrafuse. Started learning and writing FAQs at the same time.



    Just let me know.

    We'd appreciate all the documentation we can get...

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    Well, I just tried it again and can't remember exactly what I did to get the characters recognized corectly.

    I made a PNG with 64 characters and the analyze function found 114.

    Is there a rule-of-thumb size for the font, canvas and dpi? I started with 20pt Arial on a 1024x768 canvas at 300dpi. When I opened the image file, I entered 20 in the popup font height dialog. Then the character height defaulted to 768 so I tried to change it to 20. This produced a "character height is not a multiple of font size" (or something to that effect) error.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2k1Toaster View Post
    You dont need everything on a single line.

    But it does need a completely vertical line with nothing in it for that font height. Set the distance between characters to a value not just "auto" and it will evenly space giving good distance between. Then when it asks for font height, also make sure you set the height to how high 1 character is. If you used 25pt font, set it to 25.
    Aighty - looks like this is going to be a lesson in Photo shop for me as well.

    So, not being 100% sure I understand what you've said above, I did some poking around in Photo Shop.

    I have toggeled the Character and Paragraph pallets on.

    Under the Character tab, I've selected the following:

    Arial - Regular
    Font Size: 24 pt
    Leading: 10 pt
    Kerning between characters: 5
    Anti-aliasing Method: none



    When I go to Analyze the image, the text box that's there enters 300. If I change it and the Character Height to 24, then I get the same error mentioned above:

    character height is not a multiple of font size" (or something to that effect) error
    If I just leave it at 300, then it will go through the process and tell me no characters found.

    Now, I did hit enter between each line, but I made the canvas large enough to hold one full go at the alphabet in caps, then lower case, etc.

    Attached the new one. Any ideas?
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    All that empty space down there is a no-no.

    Make the image exactly the size. If it is 24pt font, then with 4 rows of characters the canvas should be 96px high. Width anything. Spacing looks good though.

    In the image below, going from top to bottom with the highlighted items, is A, B, and C

    So click A, and the text properties popup. Then change B to something that spreads them out. I find it makes it nice with something close to the same size as the font size. Then you can see that I have 25pt font, and 3 rows of it. So the font is 75px high as in C.




    So get rid of that empty space. Also a 1024x768 image will eat your video card alive for a font. Every character accesses that file multiple times. Smaller is better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2k1Toaster View Post
    All that empty space down there is a no-no.

    Make the image exactly the size. If it is 24pt font, then with 4 rows of characters the canvas should be 96px high. Width anything. Spacing looks good though.

    In the image below, going from top to bottom with the highlighted items, is A, B, and C

    So click A, and the text properties popup. Then change B to something that spreads them out. I find it makes it nice with something close to the same size as the font size. Then you can see that I have 25pt font, and 3 rows of it. So the font is 75px high as in C.
    Hmmm...ain't working for me. I have three lines of 20pt text so I made the canvas 60px high...oh, just realized what my problem is--my font is in points and my canvas is in pixels.

    So get rid of that empty space. Also a 1024x768 image will eat your video card alive for a font. Every character accesses that file multiple times. Smaller is better.
    So what you are doing is creating a map for each character in the image file and when it comes time to display a character, you are cropping X,Y pixels at position A,B pixels. Smart!
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    ok - I'm completely lost here.

    I've created a file that's just ONE line, and I've specified that it would be the EXACT same height....24 points....as the font....24 points.

    I've not even included the whole alphabet, just a sample of it.

    When adding a fusion font, it's finding the height of the text right...but it's not finding ANY text.

    Anyone?

    .psd file included in .zip...

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