John Roshell explains two benefits of creating your own font—it's uniquely designed to suit your project, and it belongs to you, so you don't have to pay a fee to license it. But it will take some patience and persistence, and your creation might escape to terrorize nearby villages. But probably not.
- [Instructor] Before we go any further,…let's ask ourselves, why create your own font?…First, it's unique.…The text in your app or game will have a look…that exists only there.…It can perfectly capture and complement the mood and feel.…Will it be lively and fun or edgy and serious?…It's all up to you.…It's your font, baby,…which brings me to my second point.…It's yours.…What you create will belong to you and only you,…unless you decide to share it,…so you won't have to worry about violating any copyrights…or paying any fees to use it.…
On the flip side, if you do use a commercial…or open-source font in your project,…please pay the license fee if there is one.…As you'll soon discover,…a lot of thought and effort went into creating that font.…Third, it's fun.…I'll show you a lot of simple techniques…for making any set of letters into a usable font,…no matter how rough or unsophisticated the starting point.…If you can draw the alphabet and you have access…to a computer and Glyphs, Glyphs Mini, or the like,…you can make a font.…
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