Import SVG Page
There are many pieces of design software that allow you to
create SVG outlines including Adobe Illustrator, or its open-source
equivalent Inkscape. However you create SVG Vector Outlines, you can
import them on this page.
This page is for importing individual outlines from code to specific
glyphs. Importing whole SVG fonts can be done from the initial Open
Importing outlines happens one glyph at a time, and
could be accomplished like this:
Select a glyph in the chooser pane on the left. This will be the destination
for your imported outlines.
Specify scaling and moving options. Many times your design software coordinate system
setup won't match Glyphr Studio's coordinate system. Enter the specific height
metrics for this glyph (Does it go above the x-height line, or below the
baseline? Is it a rounded glyph that has overshoot?) then select Scale and
Move options. Your glyph outlines will be re-sized and moved to the
If your file is a single glyph, you can drag and drop it onto the area
specified. Otherwise, copy and paste the SVG code into the code box. The
importing will not happen until the Import SVG button is pressed, so you can
double-check your code before you proceed.
Pressing the Import SVG button will parse the SVG code, translate it into Glyphr Studio
shapes and paths, and insert it into the specified glyph. There is also a
button to jump to the Glyph Edit page for the selected glyph, and a
button to clear the code box.
Notes about SVG
SVG is a huge language that is
capable of defining a much larger set of graphic design concepts than are
needed for font glyph design. As a result, Glyphr Studio ignores much of the
SVG code that gets imported.
What Glyphr Studio imports:
Outline data from the following tags: path, rect, polygon,
polyline, circle, and ellipse.
The following commands from the 'd' attribute in the path tag: Move
To (Mm), Line To (Ll), Horizontal Line To (Hh), Vertical Line To (Vv), Bezier
Line To (Cc), Smooth Bezier Line To (Ss), Quadratic Bezier Line To (Qq), Smooth
Quadratic Bezier Line To (Tt) Close Path (Zz).
What Glyphr Studio ignores:
The 'line' tag. And, basically any tag not mentioned in the
All stroke attributes, like stroke-width. Paths are assumed to
be outlines of shapes.
The Arc To (Aa) path commands in the 'd' attribute
The 'g' tag, and all its attributes. Any transformations are
The 'svg' tag itself. ViewBox, x, y, width, height attributes
are all ignored.
Things to keep in mind:
All lines or paths will be closed by Glyphr Studio. The
last point in any path will be connected with the first point.
Path direction (or 'winding') is not important in SVG, but it is
important in glyph design. Winding determines if two overlapping shapes both
appear filled, or if one 'cuts out' from the other. This can be toggled in the
Shape Attributes Panel with the 'overlap mode' attribute.
Adobe Illustrator artboards don't get exported to SVG. If you're
importing from Illustrator, and not using the Scale option in Glyphr Studio,
then imported shapes may end up in a surprising location, like way outside the
Some rectangles that have been rotated in Adobe Illustrator
export as SVG rectangles with a transform applied (which Glyphr Studio
ignores). You can remedy this by right-clicking the rotated rectangle in
Illustrator, and selecting "Make Compound Path".