9 Replies Latest reply: Aug 2, 2012 6:12 AM by [Jongware] RSS

    From vector to font, how?

    TomRomaniuk Community Member

      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?

        • 1. Re: From vector to font, how?
          Jacob Bugge MVP

          Tom,

           

          It sounds more like a FontLab Studio question.

          • 2. Re: From vector to font, how?
            ryan.marchese Community Member

            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?

            • 3. Re: From vector to font, how?
              HerbVB Community Member

              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

              • 4. Re: From vector to font, how?
                TomRomaniuk Community Member

                Many thanks for respond. As I see the problem is on the photoshop. It seems that exporting from photoshop to FontLabStudio wont never work. Altought if I export from photoshop as a eps. Am I right?

                 

                May it be the solution is that export vecotrs from photoshop as a Illusrator paths- .ai and open it in illustrator and from there export as a vector (.eps) and try to import it to FontLab Studio.

                 

                What do you think?

                • 5. Re: From vector to font, how?
                  HerbVB Community Member

                  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

                  • 6. Re: From vector to font, how?
                    TomRomaniuk Community Member

                    Yes I understand you. I am just thinkng loud. Try to prevent work with penn tool again- again making whole alphabet with Illustrator. I have already created in photoshop using pen tool. So I try to exporting that as a illustrator path (.ai) and open it in illustator. Than export as eps vector and try to open it in FontLabStudio.

                     

                    I hope that gonna works...

                    • 7. Re: From vector to font, how?
                      TomRomaniuk Community Member

                      FINALLY! Solve. For people who solve the same problem and do not want creating whole aplhabet in font editors. Just you can even make it on photoshop:

                       

                      1. Export as a ai path

                      2. Open in Illustrator- export as eps in right resolution

                      3. Open in Font editor software (for example I usin FontLabStudio)

                      4. Make font

                       

                      Hope it helps!

                      • 8. Re: From vector to font, how?
                        HerbVB Community Member

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

                        obviously wrong statements about photoshop and vectors.

                         

                          - Heb

                        • 9. Re: From vector to font, how?
                          [Jongware] MVP

                          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.)