Color fonts introduce rich graphic features into font files and can include any type of characters, such as emojis and icons.
Normal fonts are currently based on vector font technologies that are color agnostic, which means that a font contains vector shapes that have no color information, and by default, most apps and programs will give the characters a black fill. To add a color you need to do it manually.
A color font is actually just a regular font file that includes additional data to display more graphics properties than the contour shapes of a character. They may include multicolored, grayed, and single-tone characters.
Four different file types
Color fonts are stores in SVG data inside OpenType font files. Today there are four major color font formats: SBIX, COLR, CBDT, and SVG. But due to differences in the file, not all programs, browsers and apps support all color fonts.
Programs to use color fonts
It is important to remember that color fonts are not always supported by all design programs. Illustrator and Photoshop support color fonts, but other programs are still working on fully allowing this new file type.
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