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    Learning to design a new font

    Hi everyone,
    I'd like to learn to design my own fonts with glyphs, I really like the hand calligraphy type. would it be easier for me to hand draw them and scan them on to my computer? What program should I use? Thank you, your thoughts would be a great help!

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    If this is your first time designing font, ESPECIALLY if you're thinking script/handwritten,

    I highly recommend you try out myscriptfont dot com

    Basically you download their template, write your letters, scan, uploaded it and it will automatically create a font file for you

    free too

    Enjoy :)

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    Thank you

    Great! looking forward to try it! Thank you so much for the info I will let you know how it goes

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    Thank you too! (I happen to be looking for this too) :D

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    Are you considering to create a typeface based on your own handwriting. Try to use pointed nibs. ;)

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    About once a year I pull out my dusty old Font Creator and get the brilliant idea to make a font. I have never ever finished one. I usually get to about "b" and give up.


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    For any font you want to make, it's always better to start with a handmade base. With Glyphs App, Robofont or Fontlab you can then import your scan and put it on the background of your workspace and just draw the edges with vectors.

    This requires a lot of work, especially for thin fonts but you can get a fully functional typeface at the end.

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    CorelDRAW

    CorelDRAW also has a good EXPORT to TTF option.

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    If I were doing it based off my own handwriting then I'd write it out on paper, then scan, refine, then import using the font software of your choice.

    You might want to read the following link about setting up illustrator to work with FontLab. Should be a similar process if you are using other programs.

    http://forum.fontlab.com/index.php?topic=7596.0

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    Quote Originally Posted by ablitz View Post
    If this is your first time designing font, ESPECIALLY if you're thinking script/handwritten,

    I highly recommend you try out myscriptfont dot com

    Basically you download their template, write your letters, scan, uploaded it and it will automatically create a font file for you

    free too

    Enjoy :)
    Thanks for sharing this.

    Before, I've tried making my own fonts using FontLab and it was so time consuming but it was highly recommended by a lot of people. I was successful, but I don't know how to fix the kerning problem. :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian13 View Post
    Are you considering to create a typeface based on your own handwriting. Try to use pointed nibs. ;)
    i was thinking of using my own handwriting - scanning and using that as a template worked best!

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    Fontlab apparently okay

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    I would suggest adobe illustrator and glyphs

    http://www.glyphsapp.com/

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    +1 for Glyphs if you're working on a mac!

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    I took a workshop for Crafting Type. It a 2-3 day course that gives you a beginner understanding of typography and typeface/font making. craftingtype dot com you should look up their site. it got some useful info and resource. Now they are sponsored by fontlab. Before that they were making the students download this open source app called FontForge. It is free to download and use.
    fontforge.github dot io

    I remember it was hard to use. Maybe the newer version made a ton of improvement with more tutorials. IDK. Good luck. It's a lot of work. But I guess it can be rewarding.
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