John Roshell shows you how to prepare a scan of hand-drawn letters using Photoshop for importing into Glyphs font creation software, including file dimensions, formats, and naming requirements. He then imports images into Glyphs as templates for drawing over using the pen tool.
- [Instructor] In this course, we'll cover two methods…to get lettering from pen and paper into your computer.…The first step for both is to scan your letters…using a scanner or take pictures…with a digital camera or your smartphone.…With the right file preparation,…Glyphs will easily put all the images…in the right places at the right size.…Glyphs enforce one image for each letter,…so here you can see there are several letters…where I took photos individually.…Then I have this file, which has all the letters…in the same file, so I want to separate them out.…To select the T here, capital T, copy,…create a new document, paste, flatten image.…
Now I want to size this file to a thousand pixels high,…which corresponds to the 1,000 M units,…the Glyph scales each letter to.…So when I set the resolution to 72,…got to re-enter the height to 1,000, click okay.…Now I want to save this file.…In the exercise files you can see I've created two folders…for upper case and lower case.…That's because the Mac file system requires files…
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