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Re: [QUESTION] How to make a font?

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Friday, June 28, 2002, 8:13
En réponse à Jan van Steenbergen <ijzeren_jan@...>:

> Dear all! > > Thanks to Christophe, who "triggered" my interest for conscripts, I have > a > small problem ;) > I decided to create a script for Askaic (problably to be used for Hattic > as > well), that looks a bit like Cyrillic but is quite different at the same > time. > I can handle it fairly well with the help of Unicode, but still... some > things > just don't look the way I want them to look. > So, since quite a few of you have created both beautiful conscripts and > fonts > for them, I guess I may take the liberty to ask you how you did it. >
Well, not really an answer since I never made my own fonts, but I think the best way is still to get a font maker. I personally downloaded FontLab, which is not free, but has a free limited version (the main limitation being that you cannot make fonts with more than 1600 characters, which is not quite a strong limitation :)) . It seems also limited in the formats it supports, but it seems to support True Type, Type 1 and whatever type Macintosh uses, so it's quite enough... ;)) ) which is limited in actions but not in time. I haven't used it yet though (the 500-page manual is certainly not foreign to this :)) ). I also managed to get hold on the Metafont book, so it's an option I will try for my fonts. I think the fastest way to make fonts when you have a font maker is to have the characters you want to create on paper, then scan them and use them as bitmaps to draw your characters with the font maker. Most font makers (including FontLab's limited version) can even automatically convert bitmaps into outlines which you can than tune a bit so that the font will look good. For simple fonts, it's the best way to do it. Christophe. Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.


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