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[ft] Re: Simple Question About How Hinting Works

From: Werner LEMBERG
Subject: [ft] Re: Simple Question About How Hinting Works
Date: Sun, 05 Dec 2010 15:31:19 +0100 (CET)

[CCed to the freetype mailing list]

> I want to modify Juce to use Freetype to extract glyph outlines.
> Juce is a multiplatform GUI toolkit with some pretty nice features,
> see

Currently, I get an error while accessing this page...

> Does hinting affect the outlines only?  In other words, is it
> sufficient to set the font height in Freetype and extract glyph
> curves, or do I have to use Freetype to render the curves to a
> bitmap?
> Or, put another way, does all of the hinting activity occur in the
> vector representation, or are there special things that happy during
> the conversion to rasterization?

All hinting moves points, so your assumption is correct: Nothing
special happens during rasterization (except dropout control, if at


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