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Font Name is Invisible in Paint.Net Pulldown Menu

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I've downloaded a Star Trek Font that appears as it should in my MS Word list but in the PDN list, it is a blank space. I assume that for whatever reason, the text is in white instead of the normal black because I can still select it and use it in PDN as I would any other font. Is there a way to change the font title colors in the PDN Pulldown so it doesn't appear as a blank space?

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I doubt that's the problem. The problem is probably that the font's "leading" (height between the top of the glyph and the top of the line) is very tall.

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There's no way of editing the way fonts display in the drop-down list, regardless of why the problem exists.

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Sometimes this happens because a font has glyphs which are "very tall" even if the glyphs which represent normal characters are at normal size.

Consider math-related fonts: the glyphs that represent A-Z, a-z will be normal height. However, an integral sign or square-root may be very tall. Thus, the font system reports the "height" of the font based on that.

Paint.NET currently clamps the height of the font drawn in the dropdown list. I'm working on a bunch of changes for v3.5 to improve this in many ways. However, you may end up with a different problem: your star trek font (or math font) may show up with its name vertically centered within a bunch of white space.

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Thanks for the follow up Rick. :)

Having it vertically centered amidst a large field of white doesn't sound like a viable solution either. With the modifications you are working on for 3.5, what are the chances of that happening with other font styles as well? Having one or possibly two may not be that bad, but if it creates numerous such instances, it could be more headache than it is worth. If that happened, it would probably mean deleting the troublesome fonts from my system.

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At a certain point, the font is honestly in control of that. If it says it's "N" pixels tall, and the only thing I have to disprove that is heuristics (guessing), then it will get N pixels to sit on.

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