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

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What's the rectangle surrounding a font glyph, including its sidebearings, called?

What's the rectangle surrounding a font glyph, including its sidebearings, called? I Googled the words "bounding box" and got conflicting results, where some sources say it's the rectangle ...
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Fontforge/Illustrator problems with SVG files and fonts

This is my first attempt at designing a font. I created SVGs in Adobe Illustrator 2022 from editing an open-source font, typing, then converting the text to paths, then manipulating before saving as ...
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How to make a letter black in illustrator when editing from a whole letter to a section of one

I started with the full letter S and wanted to split it into three but when getting just the middle part no matter how I do it (with scissors, closing the end with pen, deleting anchors then moving ...
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How to remove unused glyphs from a font?

I tried using fontforge to remove unused glyphs in order to make font file size lower. I removed them from a woff file and exported as woff, but the result was low quality. Any advice?
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Do web browsers have Unicode character files in them or they inherit these from the operating system?

If we create at least one new character with at least one typography set we would have to include both character files and font files, in the browser file tree and also declare them in the browser ...
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How high should smallcaps be?

A good ordinary book or body-text font should come with smallcaps. How high should the smallcaps be? I suppose this would be expressed as either relative to the x-height (i don't think all smallcap ...
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How does a font designer decide about kerning?

Designing a font is a cumbersome task as each glyph should be drawn. However, finding the right kerning is something that puzzles me. A font can have thousands of kerning, and there are even more ...
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FontForge not showing glyph in metrics or preview

This is my first attempt to design a font. I'm using Affinity Designer (latest version) on an ipad, and Adobe Illustrator 2020, and FontForge (latest version) on a Macbook Pro. I exported the glyphs: ...
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Why FontForge is less popular?

FontForge is an open source, cross-platform font editing and engineering software. As far as I have researched, it seems to be the only available open source tool in the market that has almost ...
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Some weights of a font I'm remapping do not appear in Indesign or Illustrator

Hope you're all doing well. I'm currently remapping Raleway to change the 'w' and the numbers so they're the clients preference as default. I've used FontForge to remap and generate the new fonts and ...
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How do I delete these 3 extra font glyphs? FontForge seems to be adding them after save

In FontForge, I cannot delete these 3 glyphs no matter what I try. The glyph info on each is: 104 (0x68) U+???? ".notdef" 105 (0x69) U+???? "glyph1" 106 (0x6a) U+???? "...
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Illustrator not find font (glyphs) inside SVG

I make some work in Illustrator and save it as an SVG. Configurations are: As you see, I used Fonts SVG and subsettings used glyphs. Now my code look like: Now I want to change font name to custom ...
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Paid vs Free Font

I would like to kindly ask if you can give me your view on either purchasing a font or going with a free font for a logo design. In addition, I will add a few more questions that popped in my mind. ...
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How to find the widths of letterforms of a font of given style and size?

I'm stymied trying to hand letter the text in a one off sign for my yard: NO LIFE MATTERS WHERE BLACK LIVES DON'T Using Libre Office Draw I centered the text (Liberation Sans, 72pt) in a window ...
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how can i release my font under SIL font license or Appache font license

I made fonts for logo design 3 weeks ago and i want to give it other so they can use it for free. Would you please tell you please me the process how to do it?
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Can fonts be displayed as contextual character combinations?

Looking for way to do a handwriting font but where certain letter sequences or patterns display together. Would the method be to put the two or three or four letters together as one, as uncommonly ...
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Help me identify this font please

Can anyone help me with this? I have to redesign a logo, and need to know what font this one is. I already tried whaththefont and all those apps. The slanted 'e's are very characteristic.
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How do I recreate a font like this?

I need to recreate a font, it's going to be for private purposes, how do i do this? Here's the font sample:
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Where do alphanumeric (or other) characters end, and a typeface begins?

This question might be on the edge of what is allowed, since it might be quite difficult to answer this with facts and reason. If this crosses the boundaries please let me know. The reason I decided ...
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How to make dashed font?

I am completely new to graphic design and I need to make dashed Cyrillic letters. The file needs to be in '.ttf' format for the end result. I am attaching a reference picture to what I mean by 'dashed'...
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How to turn image into custom text font with photoshop?

Im attempting to grab these droplets in the image below and turn them into text to resize them. The little “O” shaped would be the first letter of what I’m trying to write as the letter “O” and the ...
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What type of font are used for the subtitles in this video?

What type of font is used for the subtitles in this Youtube video linked below? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xPYHygck6o&feature=youtu.be
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How to use Glyphs 3 to set the lowest y value of a character set to the descender (i.e. size to fit)

I've bought the licenses of a few fonts to put in an app I'm making like this: You can see that there is a lot of excess space at the bottom and the font is quite small. So I downloaded the free ...
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Why are Serif endings still needed at all?

Serif endings are a curious thing of the past that, to me, they don´t seem to have any real purpose today, except remind the forms of the past. We have to admit that Serif fonts are more legible, but ...
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Fonts with an upper-case 'E' slanted in each direction

I am trying to find a font similar to this image. Specifically where the top and bottom prong of the upper-case 'E' are going in opposite directions. Anyone happen to remember seeing one similar? ...
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Selecting glyphs of font based on previous and next char, aka "continuous ligatures"

I'm currently thinking of designing a new font prototype, whose specificity is to adapt each glyph based on the previous and next character. The idea is to split each glyph in two parts, "left&...
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Formula for position of underline bar

I have to output some text onto an HTML5 canvas and need to provide an underline effect but cannot find the necessary metric for the underline position. The canvas is quite primitive compared to other ...
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FontForge is cropping my font at the bottom and reversing changes to ascent and descent heights

I am modifying a font that was published using the Open Font Licence. So I save the existing font under a different name, open it using FontForge, and start working on it. Change the "f" ...
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Alternative to "Lorem ipsum" suitable for testing out a new font for the English language?

This question is similar to this one and this one but it is sharply focused on the contemporary English language and on font design. When you are designing and "stress-testing" a font, you ...
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InkScape: Convert all white colors to transparent

I have a set of svg icons. Each icon is composed of two colors black and white. I want to convert these svgs to a ttf font file. So I want the fonts to be monochrome. For that I first need to convert ...
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Is there a Hindi (Devanagiri) Font style that matches - Impact, Oswald and Anton - (Latin) fonts?

I tried searching for a Hindi (Devanagiri) Font that matches the consdensed bold style of famous Latin font - 'Impact'. Please let me know if there is a bold condensed font like the above for ...
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Font from SVGs based on Unicode

is it possible to create a font if we have all the Unicode characters for the language available in individual SVGs ? I tried using IcoMoon but the output was not as I intended. The top font is the ...
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How to copy all glyphs or characters of a font in illustrator

I want to display all characters or glyphs included on a font with all variables in illustrator and copy it to a editable table of characters to make a type specimen, the only way i know is select one ...
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What does "mfgpctt" mean in version number of font

I noticed in the metadata of many fonts that they have a strange version record. In at least a few fonts from different families, I found the string "mfgpctt v4.4", with the numbers sometimes being ...
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Font with two variants: one where every character is an underscore and a usual one

I currently have a few workbooks published for my students that have fill in the blanks portions. For example, The sampling method is first ____________ sampling to choose a random street and ...
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Inkscape SVG to OTF / TTF

I am trying to create a font in Malayalam ( India ). I have all the necessary Unicode characters with a uniform size in 142 SVG files. I tried to create font through Icomoon and many other services. ...
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How to make a font / letter filled with dots using Inkscape

Is it possible to fill a shape or letter ( alphabet, Indic etc ) with random dots ? ie, when the base is removed, the letter will appear as if made of dots. Something like we can see below My goal is ...
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Inkscape font different from other platforms

When I'm using the font Segoe Script in Inkscape, the characters vary depending on where they are positioned in the word. I tried using the same font in CorelDraw and Microsoft Word, but they don't ...
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Need help Identifying Font

I am trying to identify this font name from the last few days. Can someone help me, please?
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Is there a constant thickness font? (not monospaced)

I'm working on 3D printing using FDM (filament) and SLA (resin) technology and I'm always struggling with small text details because I have not found one with a constant thickness path. Is there a ...
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How to add a contextual ligature to OpenType font, a free tool

I use Fontforge, where plain 'liga' ligatures work, but now I would like to use a contextual ligature. Fontforge does not help here, as its support for both contextual chaining and for Apple state ...
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Which font's digits resemble Nixie tube digits?

I will try to mimic Nixie tube digits in an application. For responsiveness and scalability I won't use any rasterized images of actual tubes, this will be a sufficiently adequate mock which just ...
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I've problem on Bearing of a ligature with next letter typed after it in Unicode font

I'm new to font developing with FontForge; I'm sorry if I use any technical words incorrectly. I've created a ligature with two glyphs. When the glyphs are typed separately they maintain the spacing ...
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Is there any program that can interpolate a monospaced font from a non-monospaced font?

I am trying to create a mono-spaced version of a font. I am wondering if there's any sort of program that can interpolate one from the original. I know additional work has to be done, but I am ...
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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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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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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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