So you want to create a font. Part 1
By Alec Julien So you’re a brilliant designer, a master calligrapher, and you’ve learned all about serifs, side-bearings, and kerning. Now you want to create your own font. (What! You haven’t learned all about serifs, side-bearings, and kerning? The Crux: Font Editing Software All the brilliant design, precise calligraphic work, and deep knowledge of kerning won’t mean anything if you can’t translate your work into a computer-friendly format, which is why you’ll need a good piece of font editing software at your disposal. Font Editing Programs FontLab Studio is what I use to make my fonts. All of these programs operate on the same principles, differing in specifics, interface, and levels of options and power. Once you have a good font editing program, there are three basic routes to creating a font. Method 1: Draw it on paper Tools You’ll Need Are you artistic? Scan your beautiful work into Photoshop, and then turn your image into a bitmap (black and white—no shades of grey). Almost there.