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How are custom sprite fonts created? I’ve tried different tools but without knowing the proper settings I just get gibberish. Here is the Diffuse image taken from the PopcornFX Learning Samples Custom Sprite Font.  I added the red background just for viewing purposes. I've tried ShoeBox at  and some other sprite font creators.  Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.



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Grace provided a download link for several PopcornFX Sprite Templates in this post. The set contains both PSD files and PNG files.

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Well this is what I have learned for what it’s worth.  None of the different sprite font software’s I tried work.  I did find a Photoshop template that PopcornFX recommends on their Wiki site called "TextAtlasTemplate.psd". If you have Photoshop it’s relatively simple to create a custom sprite font.
Some steps I discovered:
1.   Download the Photoshop TextAtlasTemplate (there are Text Kerning instructions on the Wiki site but I haven’t tried them yet)
2.   Set Photoshop Magnify glass to "Fit on Screen"
3.   Highlight everything in the Layers Panel
4.   Click "Text Tool" 
5.   Choose new font and be sure all characters change (many fonts only have letters and numbers, but no symbols)
6.   Regardless, you may not need symbols
7.   Note: If any part of a font character gets outside the template cell you may have to adjust its position or size
8.     Note: The capital letter “W” may need moved slightly to the left or other characters may be missing and need retyped into the cell 
9.   Uncheck black background on Layer’s panel
10.   Save as new PSD, and also save as new PNG
11.   Substitute any existing text PopcornFX particle Diffuse in iClone with the new PNG
12.   Note: Keeping the background checked has interesting effect too.
13.   Here is a great font site: DaFont.com
Please let me know if the instructions are helpful, or there is a better way of doing this. Below is a sample I made from the PopcornFX Text Atlas Template using a font called November. It's a PNG with white letters and transparent background.
P.S. Thanks wires, I saw your helpful post after I made this post




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Thanks for the info JimmyB7 this will be helpful..


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Thank you a lot!!!!!!!



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