Using Character Shaping in PDF in C# (.NET Core)

Using Character Shaping in PDF using DynamicPDF Generator is simple and easy. Character Shaping or Complex Text Layout (CTL) is the selection of the required shape of a character based on that character’s position within a word and its surrounding characters.

How to use Character Shaping in PDF in C#

Below are the steps and sample code to use Character Shaping in PDF document using the Generator product.

Steps for using Character Shaping in a PDF Document

  1. Create a Document object.
  2. Create a Page object.
  3. Create a OpenTypeFont object and give the font file name with complete path.
  4. Createa a TextArea object and assign the font.
  5. Add the TextArea page element to the page.
  6. Save the PDF document.

Sample Code - C#

Document document = new Document();
Page page = new Page();
document.Pages.Add(page);

OpenTypeFont charShapingFont = new OpenTypeFont("MyFont.ttf", true); // path to .ttf or .otf file
TextArea area = new TextArea("Text requiring character shaping", 0, 0, 300, 30, charShapingFont, 18);
page.Elements.Add(area);

document.Draw(@"C:\Output.pdf");        

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NuGet Package

DynamicPDF Generator is available on NuGet and is part of the ceTe.DynamicPDF.CoreSuite.NET package. The Core Suite package includes Generator, Merger and ReportWriter.

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Example Project

An example project showing this functionality can be cloned or viewed from GitHub:

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