John Roshell introduces the Glyphs vector-based pen tool, and traces over several character shapes, setting curve and corner points, drawing counters, correcting path directions, and setting the left and right sidebearings. He explains the importance of moving quickly to get all of the letters traced before refining and editing the letter shapes.
- [Instructor] Now that we have scans…of each letter, or most of them anyways,…in Glyphs, we'll use them as guides…to trace over using the pen tool.…You can double click any letter to open the edit window.…Here I'll start with the capital B.…I'm going to zoom in a little down here…at the right, bottom right, just zoom in,…and lower the preview window down,…and now we have space to work using the pen tool.…You can use the hand, which is the…space bar key, to move the edit window around.…I'm just going to start here at the…upper left corner and click points,…click and drag to draw curves,…and to draw a corner, hold down…the option key and pull out a new handle.…
It works a lot like Adobe Illustrator.…When it's time to close up the path,…I like to finish right next to it…and then grab the last point with…the arrow tool, or holding down command,…and just drag it right on top of the…first point, until that little red circle…appears and that way I know I've got a complete path.…I'm going to draw the counters as well.…
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