John Roshell demonstrates how to refine the shapes of curved and round letters in a font, in order to make them work in harmony with the rest of the letters. He shows how the top and bottom of curved letters should extend slightly past the caps height and baseline in order to line up optically with the vertical strokes of adjacent letters.
- [John] Now that our straight line letters…are pretty well refined, let's take on the letters…that are made from round shapes.…Those are the uppercase C, G, allow the J in there,…O, Q, S, and U.…And let's get the lowercase C, E, S,…and U in there as well.…Command T brings up the edit window.…So you can see we have a wide variety of shapes…and sizes and thicknesses in these letters.…So we're going to need to settle…on one consistent stroke width first…before we can go much further.…
So we can see the C and the G are wildly different.…The C is probably the thickest letter…that we traced and the G might be one of the thinnest.…So first thing I'm going to do…is make sure they're the same size.…So we'll move the C up.…And with round letters that have…round tops or round bottoms,…rather than having 'em sit right on the baseline,…optically it works better to have them…just slightly below the baseline…and slightly above the cap's height line.…So if we compare a C next to, say, an H,…even though it comes a little bit higher…
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