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
Skill Level Intermediate
- [John] Have you ever had a vision of the perfect font for a project, but been unable to find it? Have you ever designed a cool alphabet and wished you could turn it into a font? Then you've come to the right course. Through the choice of a typeface, you can convey moods and feelings, joy and silliness, seriousness and tension. You can even suggest a time period. The old west, a medieval kingdom, the future. If you're creating an app or a video game, you're designing a world for your visitors to be drawn into and once that spell is cast, you don't want anything to break it.
The perfectly themed font can enhance a player's experience. A well-constructed font will keep them engaged for as long as possible, presenting the information they need to know in a way that's easy to read. And an original font says this is something new that you've never experienced before. In this course I'll show you how to design an alphabet of letters from scratch, get your letter designs from pencil and paper into the computer, bend these character's shapes to your will, molding them into a highly focused unit of pure typographic energy. Learn quick and easy ways to create missing letters, numbers, and punctuation from shapes you've already created.
And fine-tune your letters to display well on screen, from large titles to tiny scores, with tips from my years of experience designing fonts for comic books, video games, movies, and TV shows. Creating fonts is challenging, but fun. And ultimately, incredibly rewarding. There's no thrill like finishing a font and starting to use it for the first time. Well, there's bigger thrills, sure, but none exactly like it. I love making fonts and I can't wait to show you how to do it, so let's dive in.