Hi Everyone
I am working with a client and he wants me to design handwritten typefaces. I tried it with mouse but it is hard to do with mouse.
Any idea of how do you do such task?

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    – Vincent
    Commented May 17, 2014 at 12:41

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  1. hand draw your characters. I'd set up a sheet with a grid for x-height, cap height, em width etc
  2. Refine till your happy with them
  3. Scan them
  4. In Illustrator, autotrace each character. Then refine.
  5. If you want to create a typeface, then work with Fontographer or similar. You can paste each character into Fontographers character grid.
  6. Generate your font format. OpenType, Truetype etc

I know this is a simplified run through, but that's the basics of how I'd do it.

  • And the refining or other pointer-work may be easier with a graphics tablet and stylus rather than a mouse. And lots of enlargement. Commented May 17, 2014 at 12:54
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    Then you spend an eternity preparing kerning pairs :)
    – joojaa
    Commented May 17, 2014 at 13:03
  • @AndrewLeach You are right. I wanted to use graphic tablet but I don't have it right now. I would be easy if I would have it. Can you refer to best graphic tablet?
    – Tester
    Commented May 17, 2014 at 15:13
  • @Tester StackExchange doesn't do recommendations because they are out of date within weeks if not hours. Commented May 17, 2014 at 20:49

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