John Roshell demonstrates how to refine the vertical and horizontally stroked letters of a font in Glyphs, and establish a set of basic rules for the letterform shapes that can be applied to the rest of the font. He explains how inconsistencies can be corrected or embraced and applied elsewhere in the font to create rhythm.
- [Instructor] Now that we've seen some finished fonts…and identified the inconsistent aspects…of our letter shapes, let's start refining.…As we work on the first few letters,…we'll develop a set of rules that will carry us…though the rest of the alphabet.…To make it simple, let's start with letters…that are made up of only horizontal and vertical strokes.…We have the upper case E, F, H, I, L,…and T, and the lowercase I, and T.…
We'll hit Cmd + T to open those in an editing window.…Now we can see that these sizes and shapes…are totally inconsistent with each other.…That's okay.…We'll start with the capital E,…you can see it's a little bit too small,…so we need to scale it so that the bottom of the letter…touches the baseline and the top of the letter…is at or near the caps height.…So I'll select all, we're going to move it down…onto the baseline, get the scale tool.…You can see here the scale point is set…to start at the base point.…
So we just click anywhere else and drag,…I'm holding down shift to keep it proportional,…
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