John Roshell provides instruction on how to quickly and easily create numbers in Glyphs by copying and modifying parts of existing letterforms. He also shows a simple yet crucial technique for teaching numbers to stay in place and not jump around spasmodically as scores change in a video game.
- [Narrator] As you can see,…I've created the lowercase missing V, W, X and Z.…By copying the uppercase counterparts,…pasting them into the lowercase,…shrinking them down,…and then thickening up the strokes…so that the strokes match the same widths.…Here you can also see in the V,…I've raised this end up a little,…and lowered this one a little.…Just little tweaks,…like maybe rotating the W a few degrees,…can help it look less like an exact copy…of its uppercase counterpart.…Another technique I like to use…is to grab the lowercase letter,…if it's a symmetrical letter,…okay, grab it,…and then just rotate it 180 degrees.…
It's still the same letter shape,…but now it looks like a totally different construction…of that letter, just because I rotated it.…I did the same here with the uppercase O,…converting it to the lowercase O,…I just rotated it.…Let's look at the other missing letters, which were F and J.…Here I've constructed the F out of a piece of the L.…I took the L and just rotated it 180 degrees,…and I grabbed the crossbar from the E.…
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