Join John Roshell for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know, part of Creating a Font for Apps and Games with Glyphs.
- [John] You do not need to have previous experience creating fonts to use this course. I will take you through the steps needed to create a font from scratch using Glyphs. But I will move quickly and I won't focus too much on the details of how Glyphs works. Instead, I'll be showing you my creative workflow. And if you'd like to learn all the ins and outs of Glyphs, I recommend Charles Nix's Glyphs Essential Training course. Even if you're raring to get going, you may want to go bookmark it now anyways, so you have it handy in case you need a more detailed explanation at any point during this course. I'll be using the Glyphs application, available for purchase or a free trial at glyphsapp.com.
They also offer a simplified, less expensive version called Glyphs Mini, which has all of the features you'll need to follow along in this course and plenty more. Some of the commands and menu items are a bit different, and I'll do my best to point it out when they come up. You can also complete this course in Fontographer, FontLab, TypeTool, or most any other font creation program. The interface will be different, but the overall principles and strategies still apply. The vector drawing tools in Glyphs are a lot like those in Adobe Illustrator, so if you're familiar with Illustrator, you'll probably take right to Glyphs.
If you prefer to draw your letters in Illustrator, I'll show you how to import them into Glyphs. Another great tool for getting letters into the computer is the Adobe Capture smartphone app, available from the app store. It's an awesome little tool for storing reference ideas and it has a great auto tracing feature for converting your drawings right into vector outlines.
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