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If you want a web tool, I don't believe such a thing exists. There are some free software options, though. There is FontForge, but the last time I tried using it was beyond frustrating. I could not get it to run for very long without crashing (and tried across many different operating systems). It's even addressed in the FAQ: Why is FontForge so ...


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I don't know that there's a good consensus for what exactly constitutes a "new work" any within creative field. Obviously, there some clear lines (like straight copying of elements, etc.), but typography raises an interesting problem in that there are only so many variations on the basic form of each letter. For example, there are alternate (two story) ...


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There are a few ways to reduce the size of a TTF file, but most of them require that you know the consequences, since they are lossy. Firstly, you can subset the font, which means to remove any glyphs (character images) that you don't need. If you have a font that covers several languages and you only need to support one language, then this can be for ...


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The only thing required to make a font 'a new font' is to do a SAVE AS... and give it a new file name. Technically, that is now a new font file. In terms of design of the font, there are no rules what-so-ever. Some foundries sell the exact same design as different names (with permission and licensing). They are different fonts. But the same exact ...


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I've never designed a font, so I'll just say that Oleksandr's recommendation of Font Forge fits with what I've heard. Inkscape supports exporting laying out of images for export to Font Forge, so can be considered part of a font design toolchain. Something nice about using free software font design tools is that they can make use of Raph Levien's ...


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A thin space should be "a fifth of an em (or sometimes a sixth)". The punctuation glyph is just slightly over four times the width of the digit glyphs, so that character does not make sense semantically. Since this character is being used as a placeholder for punctuation, it appears the most semantically appropriate character to use is the Punctuation Space ...


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If you need the merged font in Adobe InDesign, you can do it directly from there, and it's quite flexible, as well. Go to Type -> Composite Fonts, in the Composite Fonts Editor you see you can have three different fonts merged into one, one for your original language (Base), one for the English characters (Latin) and then you can choose what font you'd like ...


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I don't know if you speak Chinese or not, but in case you know what you are doing, you could subset the font and reduce it to the 3000-4000 most used glyphs. This should be enough to render most standard Chinese texts and could significantly reduce the file size (a Chinese font might come with over 20,000 glyphs). Do this only in case you master Chinese at ...


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You could try Font Doctor. There are versions for both Mac and Windows. I don't know of anything that's as good for font repair.


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Is your typeface built up with strokes (as opposed to shapes)? Then, all you'll have to do is give those strokes a dotted line. In Illustrator, you'd use the stroke palette. Then, Object > Expand the glyph.


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"Grotesque" or "Grotesk" is a term for sans-serif dating from the early 19th century. If you google "Two Lines English Egyptian Caslon" you will see a san-serif type specimen from about 1815.


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Here's a logo from 1909 which is still in use today: The company is now owned by Volkswagen, so perhaps it's not an entirely successful history, but the marque still makes extraordinary cars which many hanker after. Serifs are certainly not necessary. In this case, the typeface is a face which was probably "modern" in 1909. To suggest a history, use a ...


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To answer this question we should stress the fact that every font is a collection of multiple objects and not a single object based unity. From this point we can understand that every change in every symbol is a variation, and the range of variations begins from slight subtle changes to very prominent significant changes until creation of the collection with ...


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If you wanted to dork out on your solution, you could make a script in Processing to help automate the process a bit. You can load the font as-is with the PFont function: http://processing.org/reference/PFont.html Generate ellipses in the shape path: http://processing.org/reference/ellipse_.html And then export the forms as PDFs: ...


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What about using a dot pattern as the fill on the shapes? Select the shape, and use the appearance palette to apply a dot pattern?


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My Font Tool for Tablet PC is a free tool provided by Microsoft in Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP Tablet PC Edition. I installed it once to try and it didn't leave me a permanent impression, but it's worth a try :)



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