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The origin is then moved forward to the starting point for the other half of the pattern. Again the current point is moved to the origin and three points specified. The second curveto produces a mirror image of the frrst half of the pattern, but moved along by 100 points. The origin is moved along once more and the procedure ends. Finally, the pattern is stroked and printed out Try changing the distance by which the origin is moved each time. This will give a multiple pattern effect, but you may need to increase the number of iterations to produce an acceptable pattern.
This allows us to italicise, invert, rotate, reflect and otherwise rearrange any of the fonts available on the output device. To make full use of the PoSTSCRIPT operators which use matrices in this vay, a basic knowledge of their mathematics is useful, but not essential. Some interesting effects can be achieved very simply. The program starts by showing the word Normal in the basic Helvetica font at 80 points. Helvetica is selected and scaled in the usual way with the findfont, scalefont and setfont operators.
The rest of the examples use the makefont operator to transform the characters by a given matrix. 30 A POSTSCRIPT COOKBOOK Using makefont in this way allows us to scale a font in the x direction for example, like we did in the first program in this chapter, but without scaling the whole x axis. This means that other fonts used and any graphics will retain their true proportions. It also allows us to distort the characters in other ways, again without affecting the current graphics state. font show } def 2.
A PostScript Cookbook by Barry Thomas (auth.)