Font Management Essential Training
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Mobile apps for creating fonts


Font Management Essential Training

with Mike Rankin

Video: Mobile apps for creating fonts

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  1. 1m 50s
    1. Welcome
      1m 22s
    2. Using the exercise files
  2. 16m 36s
    1. What is a font?
      3m 1s
    2. Understanding TrueType fonts
      2m 39s
    3. Understanding PostScript fonts
      2m 34s
    4. Understanding OpenType fonts
      3m 15s
    5. Understanding dfonts
      3m 5s
    6. Understanding web fonts
      2m 2s
  3. 23m 5s
    1. Understanding operating system default fonts UPDATED
      2m 21s
    2. Understanding software-installed fonts UPDATED
      4m 16s
    3. Finding free fonts
      6m 34s
    4. Purchasing fonts from foundries
      4m 0s
    5. Subscribing to font libraries
      3m 48s
    6. Creating custom fonts
      2m 6s
  4. 27m 39s
    1. Understanding font conflicts
      3m 37s
    2. Replacing the font cache
      3m 38s
    3. Converting fonts to different forms with TransType Pro
      5m 39s
    4. Checking the font version
      3m 54s
    5. Solving problems with zero-byte fonts
      3m 24s
    6. Fixing font problems with Smasher
      3m 35s
    7. Fixing font problems with FontDoctor
      3m 52s
  5. 30m 11s
    1. Understanding the Mac font folder hierarchy
      4m 5s
    2. Avoiding problems with Mac system fonts UPDATED
      2m 3s
    3. Understanding Adobe application font folders UPDATED
      5m 33s
    4. Understanding Microsoft Office fonts
      4m 39s
    5. Activating and deactivating fonts
      2m 10s
    6. Removing unnecessary fonts
      4m 27s
    7. Solving conflicts with Helvetica UPDATED
      2m 28s
    8. Best practices for manual font organization on a Mac
      4m 46s
  6. 17m 36s
    1. Understanding the Windows Fonts Control Panel
      3m 13s
    2. Understanding the Adobe application font folders
      3m 7s
    3. Understanding Microsoft Office fonts
      1m 38s
    4. Activating and deactivating fonts
      2m 11s
    5. Removing unnecessary fonts
      3m 7s
    6. Best practices for manual font organization in Windows
      4m 20s
  7. 26m 47s
    1. Understanding the Font Book interface
      5m 23s
    2. Previewing and installing fonts
      6m 42s
    3. Enabling and disabling fonts
      2m 31s
    4. Organizing collections of fonts
      5m 17s
    5. Validating fonts
      2m 50s
    6. Exporting font collections
      2m 5s
    7. Printing font samples
      1m 59s
  8. 7m 8s
    1. Understanding the benefits of font management software
      2m 54s
    2. How to choose a font management solution
      4m 14s
  9. 41m 46s
    1. Understanding the Suitcase Fusion interface
      6m 58s
    2. Adding fonts
      2m 52s
    3. Organizing fonts with sets
      5m 42s
    4. Sharing font sets
      2m 11s
    5. Creating Smart Sets
      3m 5s
    6. Finding fonts
      3m 53s
    7. Activating and deactivating fonts
      4m 20s
    8. Using QuickMatch to find similar fonts
      2m 53s
    9. Using font auto-activation
      2m 58s
    10. Previewing and printing fonts
      4m 4s
    11. Backing up a font vault in the cloud NEW
      2m 50s
  10. 29m 56s
    1. Avoiding problems with faux bold and italic
      4m 57s
    2. Managing and packaging fonts in InDesign
      6m 57s
    3. Managing and packaging fonts in Illustrator
      5m 13s
    4. Using fonts in Mac system applications
      4m 22s
    5. Using fonts in Windows 8 system applications
      4m 8s
    6. Font considerations for digital documents
      4m 19s
  11. 24m 16s
    1. Identifying fonts
      4m 22s
    2. Finding sources of typographic inspiration
      3m 56s
    3. Getting answers to font questions
      1m 51s
    4. Websites for creating fonts
      6m 42s
    5. Mobile apps for creating fonts
      2m 26s
    6. Creating fonts in InDesign
      4m 59s
  12. 42s
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4h 7m Appropriate for all Dec 11, 2013 Updated Feb 27, 2015

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When you're working with type, you need a plan for sourcing, organizing, validating, and managing fonts. In this course, Mike Rankin explains the different types of fonts and font licenses available on Mac and Windows and where you can acquire new fonts. He'll show designers how to use built-in OS tools as well as third-party software to manage font libraries. He'll provide tips on organizing fonts, and troubleshooting common font problems.

Topics include:
  • What is a font?
  • Understanding TrueType, PostScript, and OpenType fonts
  • Using web fonts
  • Understanding what fonts come with your computer
  • Purchasing fonts
  • Activating and deactivating fonts
  • Installing fonts
  • Using Mac Font Book or Suitcase Fusion
  • Choosing font management software
  • Identifying fonts
  • Creating fonts in InDesign
Mike Rankin

Mobile apps for creating fonts

With the incredible popularity of mobile devices like phones and tablets, it's no surprise that there are apps you can use to create your own font just about anywhere. Whether you're using iOS or Android devices. So let's check out a couple font apps for creating and learning about fonts. If you have an iPad, check out iFontMaker. You can use it to create true type fonts and web fonts by tracing on various templates on your screen. Tap the T button at the bottom of the screen to choose a font to trace. I'll choose Marker Felt.

Then you can tap the Brush button to choose a brush shape and size and then just go ahead and trace. If you make a stroke that you don't like, you can undo or use the controls to reposition of reshape the stroke. So I'll stretch this one down a little bit. I'll select this one and rotate it until I'm happy with it. When you're done, you can tap in the upper right corner to build the font. And then you can tap Email to create an email with a link and a pin that you can use to download the font. If you're looking for a Font Creation app for Android devices, check out InstaFontMaker.

It's similar to iFontMaker, in that you can use it to create and edit a font. And then have it emailed to you in true type format. It comes in both paid and free versions. With the paid version, you can create an unlimited number of fonts and can include more characters in each one. One of the font related app that I want to mention and that's FontBook. This mobile app is not to be confused with the Mac OS desktop font management tool, also called FontBook. You can't use this FontBook app to create fonts. But you can learn a lot about typefaces with it.

FontBook claims to be the world's most comprehensive typographic reference tool. And it includes details of almost 37,000 typefaces. You can browse categories like name, year, foundry, designer and class and you can just tap on one to drill down. So I'll check out year, and I'll check out the fonts released in 2013. And I can scroll across to see all kinds of different ones. Tap on one that I like. And if I really like it, I can buy it. So when it comes to mobile apps, there are some interesting choices for exploring type faces, creating fonts and buying them.

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