I know there’re several posts about creating your own fonts (drawing by hand, digital drawing). I checked them.
I took a look at Calligraph which seems the way to go.
I made a test on the template: some numbers, in colours. The output from Galligraph is B/W.
Isn’t it possible to create custom coloured glyphs?
If so, how or with another app?
There are two ways of achieving that: 1.) Create custom numbers with any software that can export images (not a custom font) and tie the opacity to each layer, or 2.) find or create an inverted font where the negative space reveals a colorful gradient underneath the text.
Every minute and hour digit has its own layer, and the Opacity field dictates when that layer will display. For example, MM7 (which is an image of the number seven), has an opacity code of $(#DmZ#-(10*(floor(#DmZ#/10))))=7?100:0$ This means “when the minute ends in 7, display this image. When the minute ends in any other number, make it invisible”. So not partly transparent - either on or off.
The benefit of this method is ultimate control over how the time looks. Layer styles, glowing, patterns, whatever. The downside is manually creating and exporting 32 layers can be a lot of work. But, you can simply copy and paste the code from the watch I linked above, then duplicate it any time you create another watch with custom numbers.
Yes, like a window. This is often called a “mask”. The upside is that it’s easier than manually creating numbers in Photoshop and it’s only one layer. The downside is that you’re at the mercy of the font creator, without gradients or fancy effects. Facer does not have inverted fonts baked in; you’ll have to search online. I use dafont.com but there are many sites with free fonts. The beef watch above uses a font called radicalblock. Good luck!
When using method 1 (not my intention but I just want to know): what’s the best setting for allignment of the numbers (left, middle, right)? Because I’m having trouble when I put little masks over it. Covering too much or less.
I guess the answer on the following question is NO, but you never know.
Is there a way to move a bunch of layers at once?
I wanna move all the numbers in the Headbanger-WIP underneath the hands.
It frustrates me to do it one at the time
Also if there are many layers, one layer takes more grabbing and scrolling because I can’t move it all the way down in one move
That way I can leave alignment in Facer by the default center.
2.) You cannot select multiple layers at once. It would probably be less work if you move the hands forward instead of the numbers back. Keep in mind you can click the layer’s gear icon and select “send to back” or “send to front” - less dragging that way.