New logos, in bulk
After my last post, I got to thinking logo making was far too manual, so I decided
figure out how to get Imagemagick to generate the images for me. Imagemagick
is a powerful set of tools, but it has super shitty documentation. What
you can find, however, is
which is sometimes enough to get you going. Testing with on-hand TTF files
I was able to convince myself this would work.
Then I started looking for fonts. I found
There are more fonts than I'd want to shake a stick at, but it suffers
from some odd organization. The list of tags associated with, say,
"Vegan Style", means it comes up in tons of searches. It's a tattoo
font, and a summer font, and a vintage font, and a modern font,
and a tropical font, and a sexy font, and a resume font, and a
fun font, and a recipe font, and a Christmas font, and I could go
on. Anyway, I found a lot of fonts and started downloading.
Fonts from there are all zip files. Some of which have subdirectories,
many of which have multiple font files within the zip, and all of which
seem to have bad Unix file permissions. I wrote my script to accomodate all that.
Hand it a zip, and it pulls the fonts out, constructs an image with that
font, and then deletes all the temp files.
works relatively fast. On my slow, cheap, computer I made 1944
images from 846 font zip files in about 12 minutes. It took me a lot
longer to find the files at Font Space, and a lot longer to sort the
output into "use" and "do-not-use". Because I don't want all of the
bold and the italic and the outline and the bold-italic and
bold-outline ... versions of a font. I kept one or two from most
fonts, but discarded all from some because, eg, the font lacked a
glyph for "Z" or ended up being totally unreadable.
How I did the sorting is worth sharing. I love the Linux image viewer
feh, it is fast, flexible, and powerful. In this case I updated an
old tool of mine called
to have a "move" mode, then created a new "theme" for
$ echo "fontsort --cycle-once -A 'fehcopy -m -d ../do-not-use %f'" >> \
--cycle-once bit means
feh will not restart from the beginning
upon reaching the end. The
-A action argument is the powerful one.
When I hit "0" (zero key) on an image, it will run that command with
%f being expanded to the current filename. Then it's just a matter of
going through hitting space (for keep / next), zero for do-not-use, and
sometimes "p" for previous when I want to compare a pair of files.
supports up to ten different actions, using 0 to 9 to trigger them. I
fehcopy years ago to help with that sorting stuff between
a bunch of directories. I can't recall why I preferred copy to move now.
feh can be invoked in two ways. I used the simpler way
feh -T fontsort, the more complicated (but good for
frequent use) is create a symlink to
feh with the name of the
theme, then run the theme as a program. I use that with my
theme now, and I've had others in the past:
$ grep fehonce $HOME/.config/feh/themes
fehonce --scale-down --cycle-once
$ cd ~/bin/
lrwxrwxrwx 1 elijah elijah 12 Nov 3 2013 fehonce -> /usr/bin/feh
Anyway, that's how I have 891 new logos today.