John Roshell punctuates this video on creating fonts in Glyphs with a question mark, and demonstrates how and why to set the width of the space character. He also discusses which additional characters might be necessary when creating an app or game font, and provides a handy reference point.
- You might be wondering, "Where is the question mark?"…Let's add one.…Come over here under categories.…Let's click the dropdown next to punctuation,…click other,…right click, we'll go ahead and select all and generate.…And I'm going to add the rest of the punctuation as well.…Right click, select all, generate.…Dash,…right click, select all, generate.…And the quotes.…Now we go back to all.…We can see that Glyphs has added…a bunch of punctuation for our font.…Now which punctuation characters…will you need for your project?…Only you know that for sure.…
And you can always install the font,…then come back to Glyphs and add them as needed.…When I'm creating a font,…I rely on a reference that's always handy,…a keyboard.…Create all the characters you see on your keyboard,…and likely you'll tap all the characters you need,…for English at least.…You also might want to add international accents…and support for other languages.…You can always go back and add them.…A font can always be a work in progress,…and you can load it into your computer…
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