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    Font Design Software

    I've been wanting to mess around with making my own fonts. Can any recommend a font design program, or have any experience with any programs?

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    Any font editor from http://www.fontlab.com/ . The most famous is Fontlab Studio, though you can start with Fontographer or Typetool, perfect for beginners.

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    You can trace the font in illustrator or another vector editor, next you can edit it in fontlab,

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    For simple fonts you can use fontographer in combination with illustrator. Create the Letters in Illustrator and the generate the font with fontlab.

    In case you want to create a good working font with kerning-information you should use fontlab.

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    Thanks!

    Thanks for very useful info on font designing. I'm a new member here but typography has been my first love. Will try building my own fonts soon :)

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    If you re on mac, i would recommend Glyphs

    http://www.glyphsapp.com/

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    The best programs to create fonts are:

    Font Creator Program
    Fontlab


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    I Usually use a combination of illustrator to create the typeface then finish it off on fontlab. There some very good tutorials on youtube that explain the process

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    an open source alternative: fontforge
    http://fontforge.org/

    available for mac,pc,linux

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    I used fontforge, it's not that bad, you can copy drawings from illustrator or any other vector programm. On the mac you need to install x11 first.... the look and feel is like linux though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cloxok View Post
    The best programs to create fonts are:

    Font Creator Program
    Fontlab

    The best program to create fonts is DTL Fontmaster.
    The best program isn't the easiest.
    Fontlab is very good.
    Fontographer is easiest.
    Fontforge is also very good and is FREE!
    Fontcreator isn't a good font program IMHO.

    Microsoft VOLT (Visual Opentype Layout Tools) is the best way to crate opentype features and it's FREE! (windows only)
    To check a font: Microsoft Font Validator (FREE (windows only)).

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    Quote Originally Posted by samiartur View Post
    The best program to create fonts is DTL Fontmaster.
    The best program isn't the easiest.
    Fontlab is very good.
    Fontographer is easiest.
    Fontforge is also very good and is FREE!
    Fontcreator isn't a good font program IMHO.

    Microsoft VOLT (Visual Opentype Layout Tools) is the best way to crate opentype features and it's FREE! (windows only)
    To check a font: Microsoft Font Validator (FREE (windows only)).


    I rectify, are the known globally programs best valued and therefore the best of its kind.
    Excuse me, I did not think you would have to name that are the best known of all.


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    fontlab is very good but absolutly not easy, download the manual, font creator is good for new user but not the best, but his metric windows is more practical than fontlab (IMHO) I use him to set various value and then go on fontlab for the ending the work

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    I use fontcreator, easier to add glyphs and such. But it can not design opentype fonts, so if you want to creat some OT features for your fonts, you need fontlab.

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    I use FontLab.
    I'll try the other suggestions from friends of the topic.

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