Questions about the creation of typefaces and storing them into font files.

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Why don't upper case numbers exist?

Capital letters add a lot to text in various ways, for names, brands, emphasis (although capitalisation for emphasis is frowned upon) Why then, are there no upper case numbers?
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How to make a font with Adobe Illustrator?

I have recently created my own font/typeface with Adobe Illustrator, and I would like to use it as a real font (e.g I would like to use it as I type something). Is this possible in Adobe Illustrator ...
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Why is the minus sign not on the same height as the plus sign?

I noticed that the horizontal lines of - and + signs are not on the same height for non-monospaced fonts. That looks ugly to me. What is the design principle or reason behind that?
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Is there any open-source alternative to Fontlab out there?

I used to work with Fontlab Studio to design and compile my fonts. Years have passed and my former Fontlab install vanished into the voids of a crashing harddisk. Now that I'm gaining interest in ...
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Where do professional designers “go” to look for typefaces?

I'm just reading The Non-Designer's Design Book by Robin Williams and am very impressed how on almost every page, Ms. Williams seems to "pull out" some beautiful typeface which I've never heard of. (I'...
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What does a “normal” British pound sign look like?

I'm working on creating a glyph for the British pound sterling for a typeface I'm working on, and I realized that not only is it a bit of an oddity, it's an oddity that I, as someone from the United ...
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What characters are good to start with when designing a typeface?

Given many characters in a typeface build on others and even just a couple of characters can reveal a lot of the features of a given typeface, what characters are good to start with when designing a ...
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Will typeface design ever “stop”?

This mainly refers to serif and sans serif typefaces used for everyday body text, not "wacky" display typefaces. I've been looking at a lot of typefaces today and it occurred to me that there are SO ...
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How much alteration to a font constitutes a new variation?

I have been looking at many of the questions asked about similar fonts or alternate fonts that can be used in place of a more expensive or popular one. One of the interesting things to look at is when ...
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What are some common kerning pairs?

Setting up good kerning is one of the most important parts of designing a typeface. Cheap or free fonts often have bad or non existent kerning and it gets incredibly tedious having to manually kern ...
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Why are there so many variations on the ampersand design?

Most characters have a single shape or form - for instance the letter C always looks like a C. The end caps may be different, it may have serifs, the terminals may end at a different angle, but the ...
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When designing a latin-based typeface, how are diacritics handled?

I was looking into designing a font that could include characters with diacritics but outside of knowing any other language besides English I was unsure if there was a reference or method designers ...
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Handwriting font that at random picks characters?

First, I don't know much about creating fonts. I work with a childrens book author and want to create a font from her handwriting. This means that I have to have more then one character per letter ...
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Making a typeface – should I check if it resembles any non-free or copyrighted typefaces?

I want to make a typeface that I would also let others to download if they happen to like it. But if I use it on the net, and if I also let other people using it, can I have copyright problems? It’s ...
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How to design the letter ß (eszett or sharp S)

When designing a typeface, how should I design the letter ß? Looking at existing typefaces there seems to be a some variations of how the character is designed. It seems that the letter (called an ...
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What skills, techniques or methods can I use to help teach my child typography?

I'm teaching my child, who is 5, how to write and I wondered if it would be a bad idea to teach the foundations of typography and if any skills or techniques exist for children that can help show them ...
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Is kerning lacking in the Gentium font?

I seem to recall from my reading (a while back) that kerning was a problem for the Gentium font in accented Latin characters. Is this still the case? And why would the kerning be different for ...
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Consistent angles in my font

I'm early(ish) in the process of designing a font, and need some advice. All the vertical terminals (excluding top/bottom of stems) end with a cut at a specific angle. This is consistent throughout ...
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Fonts: screen vs paper

One thing I keep reading, especially in discussions about fonts for the Kindle, is that some fonts were designed for print but that nowadays designing fonts for onscreen use should be a consideration, ...
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How should I approach designing special characters I am unfamiliar with when designing a typeface?

When designing a typeface there are a number of characters that I, as an English speaker, have never used, rarely seen and simply don't understand. These characters fall in to a number of different ...
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Can I export an Inkscape SVG to a TTF file?

I have tried my hand at designing a font, and have made the individual SVG files for each character on Inkscape. Looking at other things about this topic, the answer always seems to be something along ...
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FOSS Font editing or creation tools for windows

What are the best free or open source font editing/creation tools available for free on the Windows platform?
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How can I extend an existing font to include punctuation and numbers?

I'm in the process of developing a site for a client, and she really likes the font Sell Your Soul for the main headings. Only problem is that it's incomplete - it doesn't contain numbers or any ...
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Which glyphs to design according to the needs of a particular market?

Sometimes I make my own typefaces. Most of the fonts are very incomplete. I concentrate a-z, A-Z, 0-9 and some punctuation marks. I want to make a more complete font. But find it hard to decide which ...
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Are there any benefits to using kerning pairs over kerning classes?

I've been learning how to use FontForge and am now getting my feet wet with kerning. I see that there are two options to do kerning: classes and pairs. To me, classes seem to have no downside. When ...
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Line Height of Font

I am designing my own font with Type 3.2. I have exported the font as an .otf and it is working well. However, for some reason the line height seems to work differently with my new font than the ...
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What are the historical origins of Helvetica?

This issue of a typeface's heritage is of particular interest when attempting to pair faces. The nuances of related faces tend to harmonize well, whether that relation is grounded in history or the ...
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Can TrueType fonts contain color?

Google's Noto Fonts include, in addition to Noto Emoji, the color TTF font called Noto Color Emoji. Can TrueType fonts have built-in colors?
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How to OTF export the font I created in Indyfont?

I've created a custom made bullet and used the indyfont script to set up the export but I'm not able to click on the the OTF export button. I'm not sure what to do.
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How to create a font for free using web tools?

I realize this is an unfortunately vague question. I happen to be working with a designer with really awesome lettering skills, and we were hoping to create a couple fonts in .otf files. We are at a ...
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Best practice to creating distorted text?

Trying to practice better on my typographic logos I wanted to challenge myself in creating a distorted text logo but I was unaware if any practices exist when considering pre-existing fonts in regards ...
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Which font is the quickest to read? Which font is the least misread? [closed]

Are there scientific experiments, measurements on these? Which fonts make you read certain words twice, sometimes letter by letter? Fonts might also differ in how tiring they are for the eyes and ...
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Which secondary whitespace character should I use for my seven-segment font?

Background Information I'm working on creating a semi-monospaced font that will mimic a seven-segment display. There are many existing fonts for this purpose, but none of them quite fit my needs. ...
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Free font creators with multi color support

I have heard of good free font creating tools like Birdfont and Fontforge but I would like to know if there is any one that supports multi colored fonts. I know transtype by fontlab supports this but ...
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How to upload my new font?

I have used Microsoft Paint to tweak a Gentium Book Type to suit my own publishing needs for a public domain esperanto Bible. I wish to print this on real paper and publish on the web. I was ...
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How to reduce the size of a (chinese) .ttf font file?

I have a Chinese font file, the size of the file is 7.693 MB. Due to the size of the ttf file, the site loads only slowly. Is there any way to reduce the size of the .ttf font?
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align text to curve but keep vertical orientation of letters

In Photoshop, I am trying to align the baseline, x height, and cap height of some text to a curve, but I'd like to keep the vertical orientation of the letters strait up and down, and not let the ...
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How to create my own font?

Can someone tell me which program I use to make my own font? I am aware that letters in a font file are vector-based, and that I can use a vector program like Adobe Illustrator to design and export ...
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How do I go change the order/position of characters in Unicode fonts when a language demands it?

When designing a font for another language in Unicode, how do you change the position of the characters to show up how they need to show up? Edit: Since the characters don't seem to be showing up for ...
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Placing text inside shapes

This may be a silly question but... Im pretty new to Illustrator and I have the number 12 and i need to type text inside each number without it going outside the lines of the numbers. How do I do ...
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Central, simplified, “pen” strokes of a font glyph

Take a look at this picture: The red lines inside a glyph is what I'm referring to as "central" or "pen" strokes. Imagine you drawing the letter using a pen, so you only have thin strokes which ...
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is it possible to merge two fonts into one?

I have a font that supports only one language, when using the font with English I get the default English font for the language. I want to be able to add a specific English font to my language font. ...
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How do I fix a broken font after adding anchors and changing ligature lookup names?

I changed the lookup table names for some ligatures and anchor classes and now the font is broken. Is there a way to repair it? I am using FontForge to edit an Arabic font.
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Difference between Microsoft's and Monotype's Times New Roman fonts?

The font named Times New Roman is trademarked by Monotype, but the font is licensed to Microsoft (perhaps to others too?). These two fonts (MS TNR & Mo TNR) are clearly different in their coverage....
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Generating font files from SVG files

I am trying to make an installable font (trueType, openType + web) from different svg files containing the characters. The tricky part is that the letter shapes are actually randomly generated by a ...
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Creating a font for a new language

Suppose somebody develops a new language, with totally new characters. And a font for the same has to be created. How does one do that?
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Why is Verdana's lower-case pi symbol so similar to an n?

Verdana (the default font of a lot of sites for Windows users) has a symbol that looks like an n for pi: In Arial, another common font for windows, this looks as expected: According to this ...
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Why does Consolas scale so well on Windows?

I was trying to make a font from scratch. I always admired Consolas and I wanted a clean style similar to it. The problem is that my font doesn't scale as well as Consolas. This is an example of my ...
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Are there fonts whose licence allows me to edit them and then resell the edited version?

I am looking for a way to start from a base font and create another font from it, that I could eventually resell. The edits would be rather heavy but the shape could remain. I would like to know if ...
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What am I missing if I have a font created from SVGs using some online application?

I have love for fonts, especially in web and print typography, though my background is not in this regards. Recently I came to know that, I can make SVG images in Illustrator, and can upload them to ...