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Creating Basic Fonts with FontForge


Creating Basic Fonts with FontForge, Singapore elarning online course

Course Description

In this course, James Street shows you how to create basic fonts using the world's most powerful free and open source Unix-based font editor: FontForge. This course is designed from the ground up to be an entry point into Font Design, providing background design information for anyone wishing to take up the practice. James provides instruction on font anatomy, characteristics, and general design tips as well as a beginner friendly introduction to FontForge. The interface, workflow, and tools of FontForge are covered to help make sense of the mysterious art of font creation. The course leverages FontForge and related tools in conjunction with three different methods that can be used to create consistent and reliable fonts. The course also covers potential options for installing this powerful Unix-based tool on Mac and Windows systems.

Turn your scrawls into a font with FontForge!

- Learn how you can create your own fonts
- Know how to make your font unique with FontForge
- Add your own twist when creating your own font
- Learn how you can make different fonts just for your personal use


Course Objectives

1. Understand the course introduction to FontForge 
2. Able to install and configure software 
3. Know how to navigate the interface 
4. Understand how to create a font - parts, outlined path, hybrids 
5. Know how to refine and generate a font 


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Content

About the Course

Preview Available

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Introduction to Course

Target Audience

Course Overview

About FontForge

Preview Available

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About FontForge

Font Formats & Encoding Types

Other Tools

Font Basics

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Introduction

Typeface Basics

Anatomy pt. 1

Anatomy pt. 2

Font Characteristics pt. 1

Font Characteristics pt. 2

Workflows

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Overview

Parts

Outlined Path

Hybrid

Decisions

Installing Your Toolset

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Introduction

Install on Ubuntu

Mac Options

Windows Options

Virtualization

Run a LiveCD

Interface Fundamentals

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Introduction

Opening Existing Fonts

Font View

Outline Window

Metrics Window

Components of the Glyph pt. 1

Components of the Glyph pt. 2

Components of the Glyph pt. 3

Extrema

Tools pt. 1

Tools pt. 2

Tools pt. 3

Tools pt. 4

Tools pt. 5

Saving

Consistency

How to Create a Font: Parts

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Diagonals pt. 1

Diagonals pt. 2

Diagonals pt. 3

The Final Letter: S

Conclusion

Getting Started

Guides

Vertical Stem

The Shoulder pt. 1

The Shoulder pt. 2

Saving Components

Similar Glyphs

Bowl Glyphs pt. 1

Bowl Glyphs pt. 2

Mixed Bowl & Stem

Dots

Crossbars

How to Create a Font: Outlined Paths

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Introduction

Laying Down the Paths pt. 1

Laying Down the Paths pt. 2

Laying Down the Paths pt. 3

Expanded Stroke Options pt. 1

Expanded Stroke Options pt. 2

Expanded Stroke Tweaking

Modification

Conclusion

How to Create a Font: Hybrid

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Introduction

Cleaning Up the Scanned Image pt. 1

Cleaning Up the Scanned Image pt. 2

To Autotrace or Not To Autotrace?

Manual Tracing

Inkscape pt. 1

Inkscape pt. 2

Refining & Generating Fonts

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Introduction

Validating Fonts pt. 1

Validating Fonts pt. 2

Advance Width pt. 1

Advance Width pt. 2

Lookups & Kerning

Creating Lookups & Kerning Pairs

Creating & Modifying Bitmap Strikes

Generating Fonts

Review & Wrap-up

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Summary

Challenge!

Credits

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About the Author

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