John Roshell shows you how pieces of finished letterforms can be used to create the missing letters in a font alphabet. He also demonstrates how uppercase letters can be used to create lowercase letters, with a few simple techniques to make them look like unique creations.
- [Instructor] When building a font based on…examples from the real world, like we have here,…they're almost always a few letters…for which we simply don't have references.…Look at our font.…It's missing all the usual culprits, J, V, X, Z.…Where are these letters?…Are they off hiding somewhere, sleeping in?…We'll never know.…But instead of creating them from scratch,…there's a shortcut.…We can assemble them from pieces…of other letters we've already finished.…Let's start with our missing angled letters, V, X, and Z.…And I'm going to grab the Y and the W here,…just for good measure.…
Open up an editing window,…Going to zoom out just a bit.…Now I'm going to grab this uppercase W,…copy it, and move over to the V.…Select all, and copy it, and move over to the V.…Paste.…And now I'm just going to grab…the whole right side of this letter and delete.…Glyphs completes the path,…if I can delete one more point.…That's getting pretty smooth,…let's make that a curved point.…
And straighten out the stroke.…Now you can see we have a pretty good start for a V.…
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