**Bumpy
curves
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Glossary

This
letter has a bump in the underside of the counter. At this
size it doesn’t stand out, so I stuck in a triangle
that points at it. Let’s take a closer
look.

Reversed,
the countershape shows the flaw more clearly. The triangle
still points at the bump.

The curve
suffers from an unfortunate arrangement of Bézier
points. Here’s one way of putting it right.

1. Stick
in an additional point midway up the slant. Then eliminate
the bottom point.

2. Adjust the curve to the same depth as it was
before. Stick in another point at the bottom.

3. Eliminate the point that you added midway up
the slant.

That’s
it: the lump is gone. This method is useful in smoothing
curves. Here’s another example.

The letter on the left has a bad case of lumpy curves.

1. Take out the top point of the outer curve.
Move the right point until you get a smooth arch from the
stem on the right. Adjust the height.

2. Add a point at the top of the curve.

3. Now do the inner curve. Remove the top point.
Shift the right point to fit the stem on the right. Making
something that goes with the outer shape would be nice.

4. Add a point at the top of the curve.