John Roshell performs the final clean-up steps recommended before generating a font for use, then outputs and installs the font. He tests it in Adobe Illustrator, looking to see how well it meets the four criteria established at the beginning of the course—readability, simplicity, versatility, and personality. He explains how to return to Glyphs to perform additional tweaks and edits, and discusses the best file formats for apps, games, and print use.
- [Instructor] We've refined and tweaked…and kerned our font, and it's looking pretty sharp.…Now let's perform a few final cleanup steps…before we output a font file and try it out.…Because we've made lots of edits to our font,…we need to make sure that all the paths…and points are properly aligned.…These are in fact the same steps we did…at the end of chapter two and now we repeat them…as a final check before generating our font file.…Let's return to the main font view if you haven't already.…Click on the font tab.…We're going to select all under Edit, Select All.…
We'll go to Paths, Add Extremes.…This places points at the outermost edges of each letter.…Under Paths, Tidy up Paths.…Does just what it says.…It removes any unnecessary points.…Paths, Round Coordinates.…This aligns all of your points…to the invisible 1000m unit grid.…And Paths, Correct Path Direction.…This fixes any bad counters.…If you're working in Glyphs Mini,…you'll find these same commands under the Glyph menu…instead of Paths.…It's a good idea to repeat these four steps each time…
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