Creating a Custom Typeface in Illustrator and FontForge

In this Illustrator and FontForge tutorial, we'll go through the steps of creating a custom typeface. Software required: Illustrator CC 2015, Photoshop CC 2015, FontForge.
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(18)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Oct 8, 2015
Duration
2h 4m
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Description
Course info
Rating
(18)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Oct 8, 2015
Duration
2h 4m
Description

In this Illustrator and FontForge tutorial, we'll go through the steps of creating a custom typeface. We'll start by defining the need for our typeface and what we want it to look like. Then we'll then begin sketching out our glyphs in Photoshop. Once we're happy with our sketches, we'll begin the transition to vector by using Illustrator. We'll use the Pen tool to plot out the shapes of our glyphs and prepare them for a font editor. We'll then get the feel for how FontForge works by importing our vector glyphs and making adjustments. Once we are happy with the glyphs we create, we'll learn what we need to do in FontForge to export as an OpenType font. By the end of this Illustrator and FontForge training, you'll have an understanding of what it takes to make your own slab serif and brush script. Software required: Illustrator CC 2015, Photoshop CC 2015, FontForge.

About the author
About the author

Alex is a motion graphics author at Pluralsight. Starting out his career in illustration and design gave Alex a firm foundation in the more traditional forms of art. As he refined his skills, he eventually was pulled into the world of motion animation, as well as product design. It was there that Alex was able to take his artistic skills to new heights and really develop himself as a well-rounded CG artist.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Introduction and Project Overview
Hello, I'm Alex and this series of tutorials will go through the steps of creating a custom typeface. We'll start by defining the need for our typeface, and what we want it to look like. We'll then begin sketching out our glyphs in PhotoShop. Once we're happy with our sketches, we'll begin the transition to vector by using Illustrator. We'll use the pen tool to plot out the shapes of our glyphs, and prepare them for a font editor. We'll then get the feel for how FontForge works by importing our vector glyphs and making adjustments. Next, we'll go through the process of creating a script typeface by using the blob brush in Illustrator. We'll adjust our brush shape so it mimics a calligraphy pen. Once we're happy with the glyphs we create, we'll learn what we need to do in Font Forge to export as an open type font. This course goes over the process for creating your own custom typeface. By the end of this course, you'll have an understanding of what it takes to make your own slab serif and brush script. So let's go ahead and get started by planning out our typeface.