John Roshell challenges the viewer to take three roughly traced letters in a font in Glyphs, and get them to work well with each other. He encourages the viewer to establish rules for the sides, strokes and ends of the letters, and apply them consistently.
- [Instructor] So we've discussed a bunch of ways…to clean up and refine your letters,…in order to unify them into a single typeface.…Now I want you to try your hand at cleaning up…a set of letters.…Here's T, R, and Y.…See if you can make these three letters…work well with each other, figure out a concept.…Are the sides straight or curved?…Will the strokes be thick and thin,…or the same thickness throughout?…What shape will the ends be?…Take about 20 minutes to do this,…and when we come back,…I'll show you how I approach this challenge.…
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