John Roshell shows how to refine the letters of a font that are constructed from straight horizontal, vertical, and angled strokes using the Glyphs app. He applies rules that have been established earlier for the stroke curvature, thickness, and end shape in order to bring unity and cohesiveness to the font.
- [Instructor] Now let's take a look…at the uppercase letters that are constructed…from straight lines, but also have diagonal strokes,…and make them conform to the rules we've established so far.…Those letters are capital A, K, M, N,…V, which we haven't made yet, W, X, Y, and Z.…So I'm going to hit Command + T to bring those up in a window,…and then I want to compare them…with a letter we've worked on already.…So I'm going to use the uppercase H.…
I'm going to click at the beginning of the row here,…type a capital H.…Just use the arrow keys to move along,…add an uppercase H,…our K, H, H, H, H, and an H,…and that gives our new letters some context…in terms of what we've already been working on.…The reason I choose H is because,…since it has two vertical strokes,…it has an equal amount of space on both sides,…so it's good for comparing the other letters against.…Let's move back along here to the A.…
Now, if we consider the rules we've established so far,…those are that strokes should have a slight curve to them,…
Join professional illustrator John Roshell as he shows how to design an alphabet of letters from scratch using Glyphs, a popular software for type designers. John familiarizes you with the qualities of a successful onscreen font, and explains how to design with pencil and paper—and then import those hand-drawn letters into Glyphs. He also demonstrates how to set up a Glyphs file and trace imported letters manually or with autotracing software, and then refine the letter shapes to maximize their readability and personality. To wrap up, he shows how to finalize and output your design, including how to efficiently create missing letters and numbers to complete your creation.
- Why create your own font?
- Designing with pencil and paper
- Setting up a new Glyphs file
- Tracing letters with the pen tool
- Auto tracing letters with Capture
- Cleaning up letter shapes
- Refining angled and round letters
- Setting spacing and kerning
- Fine-tuning for screen use