Let's Make a B (for anyone)

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Ages ago, there was an elegant little pamphlet entitled “Let’s Make a B for Bennet” which Warren Chappell wrote and illustrated.

Here’s a discussion of how to use Carbide Create’s new curve feature to draw a B.

We start with an image of a “B”: https://www.flickr.com/photos/letterformarchive/38372487832/in/album-72157687338823192/


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That is a wonderful book by the way, which I highly recommend.

First, we trim out just the letter which we need:


and import it into Carbide Create:

and set the size appropriately:


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Select the curve tool:

and begin drawing roughly around the perimeter counter-clockwise (this is best-practice to match the path winding which PostScript established — fills go to the left of the path — we’ll reverse when we draw the counters)

(note it will be easiest to put the begin/end points on grid point so that snapping will close the path — if you don’t, just close the path after you click “Done”)


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Turn off “Snap to grid” and go into edit mode and drag all on-curve nodes to where one wishes them to be — the rules for on-curve node placement are that they should be on extrema and points of inflection:


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Switch to “Curve Edit Mode”:

and begin dragging off-curve nodes into place — these should be horizontal or vertical where possible.

Revert to “Node Edit Mode” and right-click on the node at the middle right of the B to make it not-smooth.


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Repeat that for any nodes which need uneven length off-curve nodes.

(Note that we will be drawing a sans-serif version of this letter.)

For the smoothest curves, follow the rule of 30 — an off-curve node should be roughly 30 percent of the distance to the next on-curve node from the nearest on-curve node.

Drag and adjust nodes until one arrives at:

Then draw the counters: