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Alphabet Editor - Copying Border Shapes from Existing Alphabets into New Alphabets

THIS INFORMATION ONLY APPLIES TO DESIGNSHOP PRO+   THIS FEATURE IS NOT AVAILABLE IN LOWER LEVELS OF DESIGNSHOP.

 

Alphabet Editor Cheat Sheet

Steps to copy border shapes from existing alphabets into a new alphabet:

  1. Open a new window in DS, then right click on the Text tool (the A icon).
  2. Select the alphabet you want to copy shapes from and open the shape by clicking in the design window and enter the character listed on the code sheet fly out.
  3. Press Enter to select the shape, then right click on it and select Operations, then click on Convert to Wireframe.
  4. Edit the shape if desired and center the design if necessary.
  5. Select the shape and copy it to the clipboard.
  6. Open the Alphabet Editor by clicking on Tools and then Alphabet Editor, and click on “New” (upper “New” button).
  7. Name the new alphabet and click on OK.
  8. You are immediately prompted to give the editor a key. This will be the character key that calls the shape.  Enter the key you wish and press OK.
  9. Now paste the shape you copied earlier into the editor window.
  10. Repeat the steps above for any additional keys you want associated with different shapes. Use the bottom “New” button for additional character entry.
  11. Close the editor when you are finished. If you are propted to save the Alphabet Editor file then click on “yes”. Note that DesignShop must be restarted in order to see and use the new alphabet, as all alphabets are registered when the program is opened.  Your new alphabet will be located in the Custom category.

Note:  If you want to create your own shape characters from scratch, you create the elements by digitizing them in DesignShop, centering them, copying them to the clipboard, and then pasting them into the Alphabet Editor after defining your desired character.  All characters should be based on a 1 inch reference height.  Alphabet characters are based on a 1 inch reference height (i.e. a capital “A” is 1 inch high and a lowercase “a” would be proportionally smaller).  This assures that when the user types a 2 inch “A” it will come out at that height.

 

 

 

Creating a new alphabet from characters of an existing alphabet

  1. Open the Alphabet Editor and select the alphabet you want to copy characters from and then click on any character in the left window.
  2. When the Convert Alphabet window is displayed type a name (i.e. 3 Letter Point Converted) and press enter.
  3. Click on the first character you want to copy (i.e. !), then select the character in the design window.
  4. Copy the character to the clipboard.
  5. Note the spacing coordinates by clicking on the spacing tool    The coordinates are listed in the lower left corner of the screen.  (Remember the X coordinate, the Y coordinate will always be zero).
  6. Click on “New” (upper “New” button). This creates a new alphabet.
  7. Name the new alphabet and click on OK (i.e. 3 Letter Point Left Characters).
  8. The “New Letter” window is displayed. Now type in the keyboard character you want to store (i.e. A) and click on OK.
  9. Paste the character from the clipboard.
  10. Move the spacing tool to the same X coordinate as the original has.
  11. Close the Alphabet Editor and click on “yes” when prompted to save and alphabet.
  12. Close DesignShop.
  13. Open Designshop and then open the Alphabet Editor.
  14. When you click on an alphabet name the software will tell you that you have several alphabets without preview data. Click on OK.
  15. Now select the converted alphabet (i.e. 3 Letter Point Converted), and then select another character. Note that punctuation is for the left monogram characters, capital letters are the center characters, and lowercase letters are for the right character.  Please see the Character map for details on this.
  16. Select the desired letter in the design window and copy it to the clipboard.
  17. Note the spacing coordinates by clicking on the spacing tool    The coordinates are listed in the lower left corner of the screen.  (Remember the X coordinate, the Y coordinate will always be zero).
  18. Click on the alphabet name list box and select the newly created alphabet (i.e. 3 Letter Point Left Characters). It will be under the Custom category. 
  19. Click on the lower “New” button and create a keyboard character that represents the one you copied from the original alphabet.
  20. Paste the character from the clipboard and drag the spacing tool to match the X coordinate of the original character.
  21. Repeat the steps by selecting the converted alphabet, then clicking on a character, then selecting it and copying it to the clipboard, then selecting the new alphabet (i.e.3 Letter Point Left Characters), pasting it in the window and moving the spacing tool to match the original.

Note:  If you wish to make an alphabet where the user will get the same capital letter whether they enter either an upper or lowercase letter, the above steps will help you accomplish this.  The difference in steps would be to paste the character as a capital character and also secondarily as a lowercase character (making sure to use the same spacing tool coordinates and pasted position for both characters). This is step #8 above.

 

 

 

 

 

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