I'm trying to make a old style font for Oriya language from early 20th century prints which have been scanned. I need this font to train tesseract for OCR-ing old books.
My illustrator skills are practically nil. I just learned how to use pen tool from youtube. I cropped one letter from a scan and traced it manually to get a rough outline of a letter. The whole letter is supposed to have uniform stroke thickness. How can I ensure that? Width tool? Any good comprehensive guides for tracing such letters are welcome too.
Btw say I have a set of letters and I want to generate condensed tall forms. How can I transform the existing outlines in X axis only (to get tall condensed letters) but without making the horizontal strokes of a letter excessively thin?