John Roshell demonstrates how to use the Adobe Capture app to scan images of letters for importing into Glyphs for font creation. He then shows how to set up an Adobe Illustrator artboard with the proper dimensions and guides for copying and pasting these images into the proper size and location in the Glyphs editing window.
- [Instructor] If your pen drawn letters are pretty clean,…you may want to use my second method for getting…them into Glyphs, using Adobe Illustrator…and Adobe's nifty Capture smartphone app.…So here I have the Capture app open,…and another sample of my son's lettering.…This time I think he was launching a restaurant…with wildly different prices for different…flavors of ice cream, must be why it didn't succeed.…But what we care about here is this lovely capital I,…so I'm going to bring the phone down 'til the I…is filling the screen, and then I'm going to use the slider,…the contrast slider here until the blacks…are solid black and the whites are solid white.…
And I'll click the green button to capture it.…Now we can use the erase tool.…Click on erase, and just use your finger…to erase any things we don't want.…Click next, and now we want to turn smoothing on,…and it's a subtle change here,…but it will make a big difference…when we bring these letters into Glyphs,…there'll be a lot fewer points…that we have to clean up later.…
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