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From vector to font, how?

Jul 19, 2012 3:03 AM

Tags: #font #to #vector

I am just wondering if is it there some way how can I do that?

 

Make from a vectors based document- There I made whole alphabet letters by pen tool. And my goal is that document render to FONT Files. Open type, true type etc.

 

Is there some possible way how can I do that?

 

Thank you very much

 

PS: I have just tried exporting vector data from photoshop to ai (path) and try to open it in FontLab Studio and generate from that app font, but unsucessfull

 

How can I do it?

 
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    Jul 19, 2012 2:34 PM   in reply to TomRomaniuk

    Tom,

     

    It sounds more like a FontLab Studio question.

     
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    Jul 19, 2012 2:55 PM   in reply to TomRomaniuk

    This may be a FontLab question, but I am curious about your process for taking the PS files to AI. What steps are you using?

     
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    Jul 19, 2012 3:35 PM   in reply to ryan.marchese

    From PS to AI:

     

    Simply open the PS file in Illustrator. If you want to save in some

    other format, just Save As ...

     

    From Illustrator to FontLab

     

    IMPORT EPS sometimes works, but IMPORT in FontLab doesn't work with

    newer versions of EPS or AI files.  Instead,

     

    have both applications open. Highlight a design or character or glyph in

    Illy and COPY. Open the appropriate glyph window in FontLab and Paste.

    You may have to isolate them.

     

    It will take some experience to determine how large to magnify the

    design elements in Illustrator and where to place them before copying.

     

    You can also copy and paste many at once, into some arbitrary FontLab

    cell, and then move or copy or manipulate individual items in FontLab.

     

    Often the EPS/AI vectors come across to FontLab without being closed;

    you then have to go to contours and close open contours.

     

    If your pen tool designs are simply lines and not outlined elements,

    they're useless as fonts, by the way.

     

      - H

     
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    Jul 19, 2012 11:06 PM   in reply to TomRomaniuk

    I'm not familiar with the latest versions of Photoshop. The following

    may have been superseded. I'm sorry, but I had missed the key line in

    your original post that said you'd created your glyphs in Photoshop.

     

    Photoshop not a tool for creating vector images. That's why Adobe

    produced both Photoshop and Illustrator, and Corel has Corel Draw and

    Corel Paint, etc.

     

    An EPS file, even if saved by Photoshop, is not a vector image. It will

    contain ONLY a bitmap preview.

     

    When you open such an eps file in Illustrator, all you have is a raster

    image.

     

    You can either manually trace your images with vectors, or use an

    autotrace function (either Illustrator's or from many other sources,

    including Scanfont, Corel Draw, and even to some extent within FontLab)

    to create a vector version. But it will never be as good as the original.

     

      - Herb

     
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    Jul 20, 2012 8:30 AM   in reply to TomRomaniuk

    Great!  And I apologize to you and to anyone else who was misled by my

    obviously wrong statements about photoshop and vectors.

     

      - Heb

     
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    Aug 2, 2012 6:12 AM   in reply to TomRomaniuk

    TomRomaniuk wrote:

     

    Make from a vectors based document- There I made whole alphabet letters by pen tool. And my goal is that document render to FONT Files. Open type, true type etc.

     

    If FontLab is too expensive or too intimidating (or possibly FontForge, less expensive but even more overwhelming), try InDesign

     

    [Ann] IndyFont Demo: make your own (1 character) font

     

    I am working on the full release, to appear any day now. (Well, not literally -- but it's on its way.)

     
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