Exporting Options»

To export the font in one of the available export formats, use the File > ==Export Font As command. When you use this menu FontLab presents the Export dialog box:

Font formats»

First, in the left part of the dialog box, select the output font format represented by the export profiles. The list includes only active export profiles which you turned on in the Profiles dialog.

You cannot select multiple profiles for export now, so tick one of them and refer to the right part of the dialog to choose what font content to export and where.

Font content»

Your source font may have different kinds of font content that you may wish to use when exporting, especially if you work with multiple masters or color fonts — different layers, masters and predefined instances.

Some export profiles are “multi-font” profiles. These include profiles for the FontLab VI native save formats that store the entire source font (.vfc and .vfj), and profiles that store multiple masters and instances in one file (such as the OpenType Variations profile) or package (the DesignSpace + UFO profile). FontLab VI automatically chooses the optimal content for multi-font profiles.

Other font profiles are “single-font” profiles. They are used to export “static” fonts, where each single font represents a single style of a font family. Examples of single-font profiles are: OpenType TT (.ttf), OpenType PS (.otf), UFO Package (.ufo), PostScript Type 1 (.pfb), FontLab Classic (.vfb), and the Web font profiles.

When exporting into single-font profiles, you need to decide what (which font content) should be written into the target fonts. In the top-right portion of the Export Font dialog box, you can choose which content of the current source font will be exported:

Current layer, Instances or Masters

Current layer»

If you choose Current layer as the font content, FontLab VI will export the currently active master or layer of your source font.

If your source font is a “single-master design”, that is, if you only have one monochrome outline drawing per glyph and your source font is not a variable or multiple-master font design, you should always choose Current layer.

If your font is a color font design, you should choose Current layer.

You may also choose Current layer if your source font has multiple masters or layers. However, before you invoke File > Export Font As

Choose the current master or layer by using the Layers and Masters panel, the master selector in the top context bar of the active window, or the Masters bottom tab of the List mode of the Variations panel.
Or choose the current master or layer by clicking on the appropriate orange rhombus in the Map mode of the Variations panel.

Or choose the #instance layer in the Layers and Masters panel (though this method is not recommended).
Note: If your source font has multiple masters or layers:

If you’d like to choose a arbitrary instance via extrapolation, open File > Font Info > Axes and modify the Minimum and Maximum values per each axis. Those values control the range of the axes map and sliders in the Variations panel.

If you’re choosing an instance as your Current layer, FontLab VI will attempt to generate the instance via interpolation, and will automatically generate the font names based on a “best guess”. You may want to open the exported font in FontLab VI or OTMaster to customize the font names and review the interpolation results.

Instances»

If your source font has multiple masters, and your masters are interpolable, you will most likely want to choose Instances as the font content. Exporting the Instances content allows you to quickly generate fonts for an entire font family in one step.

The Instances list shows all predefined instances that you have defined in File > Font Info > Instances. Use the left-side toggles to enable the predefined instances you wish to export (filled toggle), or disable some (unfilled toggle). All enabled instances will be generated via interpolation, and then exported as separate fonts.

Before you invoke File > Export Font As you can edit your predefined instances in File > Font Info > Instances.

Masters»

If your source font has multiple masters, you can choose Masters as the font content.

The Masters list will show all the font masters that you have defined in File > Font Info > Masters. Use the left-side toggles to enable the font masters you wish to export (filled toggle), or disable some (unfilled toggle). All enabled masters will be exported as separate fonts.

Before you invoke File > Export Font As, you can define your masters in File > Font Info > Masters, then use the Master switcher on top of the Font Info dialog box to fill in the appropriate information.

The masters in your source font don’t have to be interpolable. You may work using multiple masters in one source font when you design multiple styles for a family, but you do not intend to interpolate them. Then, exporting the Masters content allows you to quickly generate fonts for your entire font family in one step.

Exporting the Masters content is also useful if you’re creating files in a development formats such as UFO Package (.ufo) or FontLab Classic (.vfb), or if you’re exporting masters in .ttf format but intend to perform interpolation or build a variable font using some other tool.

Destination»

In the lower-right portion of the Export Font dialog, you can choose the destination that is, decide where the target fonts will be written. The destination consists of a base folder and optional subfolders.

Pick Source if you with to export your fonts into the same base folder as your current source font is saved in, or pick Folder and Choose a custom base folder where your fonts will be exported.

You can also enable the Family and/or Profile checkboxes to create a subfolder structure inside the base destination folder, based on the Family name of the source font as defined in File > Font Info > Names, and the name of the chosen export profile. These options can help you organize your exported fonts.

FontLab VI will automatically construct the filenames of the exported fonts based on “best guesses”. You can use the Existing font files dropdown to decide what should happen if files with the same filename already exist in the destination folders.

Once you’ve chosen your export settings (profile, content and destination), click on Export and FontLab VI will generate the target font files.

Repeating the last export»

To export the current or the selected fonts to the same destination and in the same format as during the previous export, select the File > Export Font command. FontLab will not ask for the destination and font format. It will use your previous selections.