So I've been lucky enough in the past to get pretty decent results with the default TTFAutoHint settings.
I'm finishing up a new typeface, and thinking I was in the final stretch, I went and ran my usual "ttfautohint -n" in Terminal, only to find a handful of characters in the heavier weights a total mess. The main ones being the counter/eye of the lowercase "e" completely closing up, as well as the dot on the lowercase "i" and "j" attaching to the rest of the letter.
Funny enough, my TTF files straight out of Fontlab with the Fontlab autohinting doesn't have this problem at all, and actually look fairly decent, except a bit more fuzzy as well is snapping to the x-height and baseline. I was thinking I'd maybe just use Fontlab for hinting then, but I feel like I should be able to resolve this and still use TTFAutoHint. I tried messing with the x-height snapping exceptions, but it only made the "e" worse.
To get to the point of my post... does anyone have any sort of very simple guide for using control instruction files for TTFAutoHint? I have no clue at all how to use a control file, and everywhere I find info online, it is from people who already know what they are doing and it goes over my head. Even if I could understand how to simple write a control file for the lowercase "e" to change the counter/eye filling in, I bet I could figure the rest out myself, but I just don't know where to start...
Any help is greatly appreciated!!!