Re: [QUESTION] How to make a font?
|From:||Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>|
|Date:||Friday, June 28, 2002, 19:33|
En réponse à "H. S. Teoh" <hsteoh@...>:
> Well, if you ever want to make Type 1 fonts out of your efforts, you
> probably *don't* want to start with Metafont.
Of course not :)) . But I must say that the 300 pages of the Metafont book are
more attractive than the 500 of the FontLab manual ;))) .
You'd probably prefer to
> create/scan font outlines and adjust them with other tools, and then
> convert them to METAFONT (there are utilities to do this).
True. Unfortunately I'm not graphical artist, so the result would be quite
ugly. Since I'm pretty good at numbers, Metafont is maybe a good idea :)) .
> The problem (which is also its advantage, paradoxically) with METAFONT
> that it's too powerful -- a font made for METAFONT is in fact, a
> computer program that creates the font given a set of parameters.
> the METAFONT language is quite complex, there aren't any utilities
> nor can there be, in the general case) that can deal with METAFONT
> produce any meaningful output in, say, Type 1 format.
Really? When I had browsed the web in search for converters, I remember a few
Metafont-to-Type 1 converters popped up...
> You *can* hand-convert METAFONT programs into Type 1 by tracing out
> curves that it generates, etc., and building the Type 1 font that way.
> course, this is very tedious, and also quite difficult, since Type 1
> express a lot of nuances that METAFONT can. Plus, it defeats the
> of automation -- unless you're a professional fontographer, you
> don't need the level of power METAFONT gives you (at least to start
> Outline curves in Type 1 is good enough for most conscripts, anyway,
> you can always generate METAFONT programs from them easily. You can
> hand-tweak the resulting METAFONT programs should you see the need to.
> (Of course, you might have to do extra magic with those .tfm files if
> want to do ligatures and stuff, which METAFONT handles quite
That's the main thing. I want a font for Maggel, but it's so much packed with
ligatures, dissociations, characters that connect to the following one while
others don't, characters which change a bit shape when connected, etc... like
the Arabic script but more complicated :)) . If I have to make that into a
normal True Type or type 1 font, this would be a bit tedious I think...
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