John Roshell demonstrates how to take rules developed for the appearance of straight and curved stroke letterforms, and apply them to letters made up of a combination of the two. He explains how the uppercase R can be used to define or reference all the shapes of a letterform.
- [Instructor] We've established and applied rules…to our straight line letters and our round letters.…Now let's tackle all the letters…that are made from a combination of the two.…That leaves the remaining uppercase letters B, D, P, and R,…and the lowercase letters A, B, D, G,…M and N and R.…And let's throw Y in there too.…P and Q also fall into this category,…but we haven't created them yet.…But don't worry, I've got a trick for that.…
I'll show you later.…So I get Command + T to get an editing window up.…Now I can see that B, D, P, and R are really, usually,…primarily the same shapes, but Rs are totally different.…So we're going to have to make some decisions…to make them more consistent.…Let's start with B just because he's a little too small.…I'm going to move him up so that his curve…straddles the baseline and maybe smooth that curve out…just a bit.…Then I'm going to select all and scale him,…going to make him taller as well as wider.…
And then set that right side bearing to 50.…Now, one of the things that's making this B…
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