Questions tagged [font-design]

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

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How to export font with “Kern Tables” and not “GPOS Tables” using fontforge?

Font Kerning is not supported on the platform (Unity) when it is in "GPOS Tables" rather it supports "Kern Tables". I have a font in which I've added kerning by classes in Lockups and in matrix window ...
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How to make the height of a glyph exactly equal to the height of a line in Terminal.app?

I just want to fix four glyphs of the powerline font, because distributing the modified Apple font is illegal, I need to modify it myself. The original hack font which I copied the glyph from it. ...
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Adding anchor points to edit Arabic font in FontForge

I am working with an Arabic font and the diacritics for one of the glyphs were badly off. I opened the font in FontForge and saw the glyph had no anchor points like the other glyphs and so I added ...
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Which font is used in this image? [closed]

What font is this ? Can anyone help me to find the font used in this image ?
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Can I set the distance between lines of type in Fontlab Sutdio 5?

I am using Fontlab Studio 5 on Windows. I am working on a ttf font design in Fontlab Studio and I am aware I can use Metrics to set the space between the various characters but can I set the space or ...
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No effect of kerning pairs :(

My issue is that kerning doesn't seem to have any effect! It is very similar to this question, however the answer which helped that guy didn't help me :( Here is what's going on: I added a lookup ...
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If there's a semibold weight, why isn't there a semiitalic slope?

If there's a semibold weight, why isn't there a semiitalic slope? For example, if a font has a regular slant of 0 degrees and an italic slant of about 18 degrees, the semiitalic slant would be about ...
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How can I find anything about this effect?

I find this great image of VCR OSD Mono, but I dont have any idea, whats the name of the effect:
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Why is an m not an em wide in all fonts?

M and — are not always equally wide, And I wonder why, I realize that the EM-dash is one EM, but why is a M not one EM?
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How do you create alternate font glyphs/characters?

I used a font recently that had alternate glyphs assigned to each character. It was a handwritten font. Like someone scanned and traced a sample of their own handwriting. And I guess to make it look ...
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HELP! | Which fonts are easy to use? UPPERCASE or lowercase? [closed]

Which fonts are easy to read? UPPERCASE or lowercase? Thank You.
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Why does lowercase “k” in Consolas look so different in italics?

The picture below summarizes it pretty well: letter "k" looks very different in the upright vs. italic form of font Consolas. What is the rationale, design choice, ... behind such a strikingly ...
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How to convert a regular font to a UI font?

I have an Android device and its language is Arabic. I want to replace its font with my own one (which is nicer!), but the default font for Arabic in Android is NotoNaskhArabicUI (which is a UI font; ...
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Modifying a monospace font (fontforge)

I am attempting to swap out the numerals in an existing monospace font (ttf) with some from a different monospace font (also ttf). I can't seem to get fontforge to export a mono ttf though. Even ...
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Is there a way in InDesign to quickly resize text that is stacked so that each line is the same width but different sizes?

I have a method currently of just going line by line and increasing the font size until it takes up the width of the text box and just readjusting the line/paragraph spacing but want to see if there's ...
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How to Modify a Font to Fixed Width in Fontlab

I use a text user interface application on a server that I access via a Terminal. I have been using the Futurist Fixed-width for some time on a Linux PC in Gnome-Terminal, and would like to use that ...
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Is there a simple way to fill in a grungy font to make it solid?

I'm looking to make the entire letter solid. I want to complete the grungy white space and fill it out with solid black. Is there a simple way to do this?
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Font Files Resolution and conversion from pdf

I have created a new font from a template I got from calligraphr.com. I am wondering firstly, what dpi I should save them at and secondly, if I can save them as a .pdf, then convert them to .fnt, .ttf,...
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The logic of kerning subtables

Referring to this thread: The logic of kerning classes, I considered various lookups of some fonts (Adobe Premiere, Minion, EBGaramond...) to understand better the way of build them and the relative ...
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The logic of kerning classes

I am a beginner with FontForge and I would like to know: Whit is the best logic to create classes. I mean: I have to kern, say, VA but Va too. Obviously, I have to kern a lot of other glyphs with a. ...
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Is it possible to convert OTF font to TTF font without losing quality. If yes how?

I need to convert OTF font to TTF font without losing quality. If it is possible how can I do it?
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Is it possible to have special style for special pattern in font (ttf)?

So I'm asking is it possible to have a special design for a special text pattern in a font (ttf)? So what I mean, for example, is it possible to create a TrueType font which normally all text is ...
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What is the difference between a well constructed and a poorly constructed font?

I'm speaking of both, fonts optimised for print, and fonts optimised for screens. Serif and sans-serif doesn't matter. Commercial or free — also doesn't matter. What matters is the quality of the ...
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Console not displaying ascii squares correctly

I have a 50 x 50 Ascii square (the shape) that I would like to have printed in a console window. Here is a smaller version of what prints [square (10 x 10)] ########## #........# #........# #...........
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How to Create Compound Characters Inside a Font

Wondering if it's possible to organize a font to have features such as combining characters. Basically, I'm wondering if you can design a font in a modular way so that it can have these features: ...
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Are there typefaces designed to fit inside one another?

Original Question If so what are the names of these typefaces? What terms should I use to search for them? My title was changed to use a term provided in a candidate answer below. Layered Typeface. ...
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Why is there none of the lighter weights of Helvetica Rounded?

I know there are other options, just curious if anyone knew why the limited range.
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How to set an 'ignore' on a pattern for contextual substitution in FontForge

I'm working on coding a custom font in FontForge for some positional alternates of letters. I am not working with feature files for alternates, but using the FontForge interface for building lookups (...
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Is the PANOSE Classification Metrics system for fonts still relevant?

I am just starting out in type design and I am trying to learn as much as I can. I am trying to learn best practices so I do not develop bad habits. I have seen the PANOSE system mentioned in a few ...
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How to see all chars in a font from FontForge

I have a pfm/pfb font called Chanakya which I know contains characters outside the 0-255 range eg. (\u2022 has अ). I know this because I can programmatically display the character's code:- But ...
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A good downscaling algorithm for bitmap fonts (text)

I have an idea, that I can have a font size like 16×32, then downscale it for various sizes. Unfortunately, a downscaling algorithm has to be picked, and bilinear leads to some inconsistency: At the ...
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How to remove “wrinkles” on font?

I'm really new to graphic design, and I need some help with this font. I like the way it behaves with my logo, and I want to use it. But there is a problem, I didn't like the way around the letters, ...
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Chinese Calligraphy in Photoshop

I want to create a brushstroke along a given path, that looks like it has been made with a Chinese calligraphy brush. The exact effect that I'm going for is, that it starts kind of bold at the ...
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Design guidelines proportional pitched fonts

I searched the internet and a big local bookstore for a good resource on designing proportional pitched fonts. I know there is no fixed rule-book on how the width of a specific glyph or ligature is ...
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Text field top spacing vs line height

How is the space at the top of a text field determined? I know it's dependent on the font, but what's the logic. I can't see a clear relationship between the leading and this space at the top of a ...
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A strategy ITC Baskerville font for vector

With Adobe Illustrator to create my several pictures I'm using the fonts ITC New Baskerville Std or ITC New Baskerville with options roman and italic. I ask you if exists the option bold. Does ...
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Can somebody please tell me what font this is? [closed]

Its very edited but I'm pretty sure each letter is easily identifiable. Help would be greatly appreciated.
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Do digital fonts have true optical sizes?

In metal type, the matrices were designed in different weights, sizes and styles. Each single matrice was designed and cut individually to look right at the intended size (e.g. by thinning or ...
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Why don’t catchword fonts include indefinite articles?

I’m currently browsing through a plethora of catchword fonts1, trying to find a good fit for the title on a book cover. Most of these catchword fonts contain many of the same words—some only in ...
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How to do knockout text effect in canva?

How to do knockout text effect in canva? I've tried to search for a tutorial in youtube but was unable to find anything.
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Failing to draw round circles in Fontforge

I'm using Fontforge to design a typeface, but I have a problem: I cannot draw round circles! :( I click the circle tool, then draw the circle in the usual fashion (holding down Shift to get a circle, ...
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Automatically create bold-italic from italic font

Google Chrome has a nice feature - it can create bold-italic letters on the fly from italic letters (in case a font has italic style but does not have bold-italic). The result looks good enough: ...
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How do I create a font that automatically uses accents and removes duplicate letters?

I am working on a special font that has to follow some rules: Two consecutive duplicate letters have to be removed. For example kk would become k. Some letters are “accents” so for example when you ...
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What is the origin and the name of this style of the glyph “0”?

Unlike your usual methods of distinction like a dot or a slash in the center, or a narrower shape, this style uses horizontal stress. Good examples of it are the Academica, Turquoise fonts. I'm ...
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font-style: oblique as a substitute for italic, and vice versa

I have a hard time trying to understand font-style during investigation of transient bugs in a SVG→PNG converter) and comparing it against rendering in browsers. Common italic fonts don’t slant such ...
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A font with custom ligatures (for music)?

I want to make a custom music font that can be typed in Microsoft Word 2010, but I cannot get custom ligatures to work. In Word 2010, I have in Font > Advanced the Ligatures option set to 'All'. I ...
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Cap height and x-height metrics are inaccurate

I've got a font that says its cap height is 195 and x-height 320. These are its metrics: But when rendered in the browser at 100px font size, you can clearly see that the metrics don't apply. There ...
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The description and interpretations of TrueType font points and curves

A question was asked recently on another forum that made me rethink my understanding of vector formats. TrueType fonts are in a vector format and - I had previously thought - that if a vector editor ...
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Where can I create and publish a font?

I appreciate good and professional typefaces, but always think that I can improve or customize them for my needs. But where can I design and possibly publish my fonts online?
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DAVID JONES logo. Serif or Slab-serif?

I'm trying to accurately work out the font category for the "DAVID JONES" logo. Would it be considered a Serif or Slab-serif font and why? Thanks:)