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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.
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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