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More on Sodachrome

A few people have been asking about how Sodachrome actually works, and how a user would assemble the pieces to work properly. It's actually a lot simpler than it might seem: no crazy OpenType features, no complex setting. It's just two simple fonts that can be set independently, or — ideally — set on top of one another, either by overprinting separate color plates, or by using transparency modes to blend the layers if you're going all-digital.

First, let's have a quick peek at the first font — Sodachrome Left:

Sodachrome Left

And now, Sodachrome Right:

Sodachrome Right

You can see that the shapes on their own are pretty odd looking. Getting them to work together was a bit of a trick, so we found it easiest to draw both outlines for each glyph at the same time, using just one Fontlab file:

Sodachrome VFB

After the two outlines were drawn for each glyph, we separated them into two files and then exported a font from each. After that, it's just up to users to manipulate those two fonts as they see fit.

Sodachrome samples

Comments (7)

1) david z.: Thank you! (Mar 11, 2009 2:51 AM)

2) david z.: (I should add that, seeing the two "sides" individually, I kind of like them on their own.) (Mar 11, 2009 2:54 AM)

3) Sean. Spelled the Right Way.: Uh...I think I just had a nerdgasm. Excuse me while I clean up. (Nice work, Dan!) -sw (Mar 18, 2009 4:59 PM)

4) Ralph McGinnis: This is great, Dan. (Mar 18, 2009 8:17 PM)

5) Matt Kanaracus: Dan this is brilliant! Especially the surprise hidden sans serif. (Apr 25, 2009 1:58 AM)

6) Anonymous: I'd luuuuuv that in a font available! (May 13, 2009 6:33 PM)

7) René: Very impressive, and very clever! (Jul 9, 2009 12:57 PM)

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