John Roshell shows you techniques for removing unnecessary points from font letterforms in Glyphs. He then demonstrates several commands in Glyphs for making sure that letters output and display properly in a finished font file.
- [Narrator] When using the AutoTrace method…of creating your letters, even with Capture's…smoothing feature, there's still a lot of points…that aren't necessary to describe the shape of the letter…when it's viewed at smaller sizes.…And the more points and curves in your font,…the larger the file.…And we want our font as small and streamlined as possible.…So here's some techniques for trimming out…unnecessary points.…I'm going to work with the lower case d here.…So I've double-clicked it…to bring in edit mode.…I'm going to zoom in,…and then use the space bar just to move around…and focus on one area.…
So you can see up at these top curves,…there's extra points here…and here that we don't need.…And to get rid of them, I just select them…with the arrow tool and hit delete.…You can see Glyphs automatically fills in the missing curve.…You can also click and drag a point and hit delete.…So I could get rid of multiple points at once…by hitting delete.…That's probably too many, so let me try just getting…rid of two.…Looks a little bit better.…
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