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gror
2019-07-29

Hello,

Those days I tryied to make a font, a display font with sport look. I finnaly make the letters and numbers in Illustrator but now I have to save it as .otf file, and I need a software for that.

Do anyone know a good software for that? Or have any experience creating a font? And what is a web font?

Thanks!



DESIGNER
Ortega Graphics
2019-07-29

Hello,

Many years ago, a large railway commissioned me to convert an existing typeface into a working font file. The existing typeface was created almost a century ago (and was only available as blueprints). At the time, I used TypeTool by FontLab (which is fairly cheap). I also hear good things about Font Creator by High Logic (also fairly cheap). There is also FontForge which is open source (and free). Of course, there are many other font editors, but these are the ones that I've heard about.

https://www.fontlab.com/font-editor/typetool
https://www.high-logic.com/font-editor/fontcreator
https://fontforge.github.io

For the most part, all font editors work the same way. Basically, you need to import the characters and then set all kerning pairs, which is a long, but necessary process. There are many tutorials online about this and most font editors include helpful guides as well.

A webfont is a font file that a web developer can use on a website (either by adding the file to the hosting server or by using a subscription service). This allows the web developer to use a custom typeface even if the font file is not readily available on every computer (not a system font).

Once you have created a font file, you can easily convert it to standard webfont formats. If your font editor doesn't have that option, then you can use one of the many online converters, like the one from FontSquirrel.

https://www.fontsquirrel.com/tools/webfont-generator

Hope this helps,

Ortega Graphics



DESIGNER
morabira
2019-07-29
Edited 2019-07-29 by morabira

High logic font creator only have Windows version..but the font created using high-logic is compatible for any platform. As long as I know, until version 6, it can edit otf file but will be saved as ttf. Not sure about the latest version ( version 12 ).



DESIGNER
morabira
2019-07-29
Edited 2019-07-29 by morabira

If you decide to use High Logic, I share my experience in creating font here (step by step process how to transfer eps and work in high logic, i think version 6 at that time)...perhaps worth reading..not sure if it is too outdated :)

https://www.designcontest.com/forum/fonts/27301-producing-font-using-coreldraw-high-logic-font-creator.html



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DESIGNER
morabira
2019-07-29

That's good news..looks like I'm out of date hehehe



DESIGNER
morabira
2019-07-29
Edited 2019-07-29 by morabira

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DESIGNER
kassymkulov
2019-07-29

Font creating process is actually not easy, but of course can be learned.
Before starting using software, familiarize yourself AT LEAST with these:

- Truetype and Opentype font formats.
- Cubic outlines vs quadratic outlines.
- Bounding box, extremes.
- Kerning/kerning pairs
- Opentype features
- UPM, vertical metrics

I started font creation with free online tool Fonstruct, you can too, so that you get into it right away. The exported ttf file of course needs work to be professional, but it will work for most simple cases.

Then I used High Logic's FontCreator Pro, also a great tool and pretty intuitive. But when I used it it didn't support cubic outlines. It does now. Windows only, but I switched to Mac so had to abandon it.

Fontlab and Glyphs app are probably the most professional ones out there. I use Glyphs now, so everything I create with it is pretty satisfactory.

Some of my fonts:

Demo ideas:
https://fontstruct.com/fontstructors/529376/architaraz
Dafont (demo, unfurl versions):
https://www.dafont.com/kassymkulov-design.d3521
Commercial full ones:
https://www.myfonts.com/foundry/Kassymkulov_Design/

Unfortunately I don't have that much time now, cause font creation really is TIME CONSUMING activity, so be prepared for hours of work.



DESIGNER
morabira
2019-07-29
Edited 2019-07-29 by morabira

@gror, here are my fonts if you want to buy ...(if you give up creating font) hihihihihi
https://www.myfonts.com/foundry/LayarBahtera/



DESIGNER
ava_nauval
2019-07-29

Hello all!

Can't illustrator add features that are able to convert shapes into applicable fonts such as .otf converter?



DESIGNER
morabira
2019-07-29
Edited 2019-07-29 by morabira

You can export to ttf directly from coreldraw but I don't recommend it because coreldraw tend to change the letters shape a little bit. The font becomes not as sharp as we designed it ( i used coreldraw 11 at that time if I'm not mistaken...my first attempt to create font for own use)



DESIGNER
ava_nauval
2019-07-29

I see, corel can do it. But how about illustrator?

thanks morabira



DESIGNER
morabira
2019-07-29

Not sure about illustrator



DESIGNER
kassymkulov
2019-07-29

https://www.fontself.com

A plugin for illustrator that creates fonts from your vectors.



DESIGNER
ava_nauval
2019-07-30

Hi kassymulov

Thankyou for sharing this info. I really need this plugin for next project :D



DESIGNER
Design Star
2019-07-30

Great. Best of luck



DESIGNER
Logozaste
2019-08-12

Thank you very much for this info.
Very useful for me, cause i'm always wondering about to font creation, but never give it a try because i have no idea.

So, appreciate all your shared knowledge :)



DESIGNER
gror
2019-08-13

Hi again,

The font is finally done.

Thank you a lot for your help, was really helpful!

I would like to put the link here, but I don't know if is allowed, because is for sale on other market.

By the way, how about adding font for sale here?


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