John Roshell shows his solution for the three-letter font refining challenge in Glyphs.
- [Instructor] Welcome back.…Hopefully you've got your T, R, and Y looking great.…I wish I could check it out,…but you'll just have to settle…for taking a look at my attempt.…You can compare notes with what I did.…The first thing I did, actually,…was to type out T, R, and Y…in all sorts of different combinations at the bottom,…so I could get a little more context…for how the letters were interacting with each other.…And I actually made a lot of decisions here…just looking at these three letters…that are completely different from what I did…when I was looking at the font as a whole.…For example, I took the R as my standard…by which the other letters were compared to.…
And the R has a lot of kind of wacky decisions…that I tried to apply to the T and the Y.…For example, the R has this really thick area…at the bottom of this leg…that doesn't continue up here where the counter is.…So, I tried to mimic that over here on the T,…I pulled this side down and I tried to make the Y…a little more thick and thin as well.…The R also has ends that taper in that are concave,…
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