9 Replies Latest reply on Jul 30, 2009 7:35 AM by jimmyodoul

    How to create a font?

    cloudofdreams

      I designed a typeface in Illustrator but would like to make it a font that I can import into my font book. And then use in Illustrator. Does anyone know how to do this?

        • 1. Re: How to create a font?
          Jacob Bugge MVP & Adobe Community Professional

          dreams,

           

          You will need a special font creation application, such as FontLab or Fontographer, or something simpler for less requiring tasks with lower ambitions.

           

          And you will need to do further work to make things look right, including establishing values of kerning, overshoot, and leading, just to mention a few crucial concepts.

          • 2. Re: How to create a font?
            Wade_Zimmerman Level 6

            Would be a nice feature especially being tied to Adobe and the cost of development might come with some system of licensing through Adobe fonts they deem market worthy that were created by their users of course giving the user the standard royalty.

             

            They could start the Adobe Originals Library.

            • 3. Re: How to create a font?
              JETalmage Level 6

              There's nothing particularly difficult about using Fontographer or FontLab, both now owned by FontLab. FontLab also offers some simpler tools. (Actual type design knowledge, discernment, and skill is far more ambitious than using the tools to do it.)

               

              Corel Draw has long included a feature set which lets you edit font files. You wouldn't want to use it for building a serious typeface, but for monospaced fonts, clipart fonts, dingbat fonts, etc., it can be quite handy.

               

              I've long used Fontographer (more recently FontLab) to occasionally provide clients a custom clipart font that contains their logos and related graphics. Lets them use those elements in any program they want.

               

              Altsys Fontographer was actually the first vector drawing software I used.

               

              JET

              • 4. Re: How to create a font?
                Mylenium Most Valuable Participant

                Wade_Zimmerman wrote:

                 

                Would be a nice feature especially being tied to Adobe

                 

                I have to contradict you here. There are enough well-designed fonts out there, most of them of course commercial, and I don't really see the requirement for Adobe to have such a feature in any of their apps nor to turn this into a market. Simply put: creating a real good typeface is a lot of work, and as much as this may pain some people, just designing a few pretty curves is the least part of the exercise. A much bigger part is making those curves look good in any combination, make the font technically clean, manage kerning, hinting and specific Unicode features, even more so if it is meant for mass text. All of that way too complex for an average user, who, by all means should get there by rearranging his stuff inside Illustrator for more graphical use cases. And even if creating a font is required, it should not be too much to invest 99 USD into a simple converter like TypeTool that covers the basics... Still, even then your type may just look like many, many "free" fonts, that once used outside of the context they were initially created, can really make your eyes hurt. What Adobe perhaps could/ should provide is a simple way of storing contours in font files, such as Corel Draw does with its TTF export, but I wouldn't exactly call that creating re-usable type. It's really more a means of using vector shapes more generically for dingbats or logos...

                 

                Mylenium

                • 5. Re: How to create a font?
                  Wade_Zimmerman Level 6

                  Well we do seem to disagree on this point Illustrator, 

                  photoshop,indesign, after effects, etc are all about marketing and 

                  making money using these tools

                  and no reason fonts cannot be improved and designed to meet new media 

                  types and capabilities.

                   

                  Turning this into a market has already been done before there even was 

                  an Adobe anything. And the foundries have always conducted 

                  competitions and were always open to new designs.

                   

                  The whole idea behind type design development is to keep up with the 

                  times.

                  • 6. Re: How to create a font?
                    Mylenium Most Valuable Participant

                    Turning this into a market has already been done before there even was 

                    an Adobe anything. And the foundries have always conducted 

                    competitions and were always open to new designs.

                     

                    The whole idea behind type design development is to keep up with the 

                    times.

                     

                    Maybe, but do you really expect users, who already struggle with some of the less transparent features in AI to get themselves involdved in the intricacies of hardcore typeface design? I doubt it. I certainly wouldn't. I too much appreciate a well-done font to throw my own crooked creations out there. It's too specialised a market and as I said, with an abundance of fonts already available, there is even less incentive. For Adobe, the question becomes how marketable such a feature and its result would be and unless we talk quality fonts at decent pricing, there may not be enough of a profit margin to justify keeping such a feature alive in the long run.

                     

                    Mylenium

                    • 7. Re: How to create a font?
                      Wade_Zimmerman Level 6

                      I'll agree with you that it is not a priority.

                       

                      And if a situation arose that made it feasible it does not appear on 

                      the horizon.

                      • 8. Re: How to create a font?
                        Zeno Bokor Level 6

                        modifying existing fonts is very risky, if you save the changes that you made back to the original font then your text will look different on the systems that still use the original font. In theory it's a good idea but i don't see something like this implemented anytime soon because supporting such a feature is a royal pain (think of all the users that would complain about their artwork printing differently after they made some "tweaks" to the fonts used). I say play it safe and leave the modification of font files to specialized applications.

                        • 9. Re: How to create a font?
                          jimmyodoul

                          Typetool 2 or 3 is great for making fonts!