Questions tagged [font-design]

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

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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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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 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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Preventing overlapping contours from “cancelling out” in Type Light

I'm using Type Light 3.2 and am struggling to find a reasonable way to prevent overlapping shapes "cancel out" and leave white areas in glyphs. How can I avoid this without having the overlaps be ...
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Optical adjustment guidelines for typographic curvature

When designing a geometric sans, such as Futura, do you adjust the thickness of a circular arc for a better visual match to a straight stroke? I'm hoping for a formula like “a circular arc of inner ...
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How to create a symbol for LaTeX using Inkscape by working on font character

My purpose is to create the two characters for the imaginary unit i and for the Napier number e as seen below. Now, the aim is to do this in the Latin Modern Roman Italic font. So in Inkscape, I type ...
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Which glyphs to design according to the needs of a particular market?

Sometimes I make my own typefaces. Most of the fonts are very incomplete. I concentrate a-z, A-Z, 0-9 and some punctuation marks. I want to make a more complete font. But find it hard to decide which ...
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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 to make a font with Adobe Illustrator?

I have recently created my own font/typeface with Adobe Illustrator, and I would like to use it as a real font (e.g I would like to use it as I type something). Is this possible in Adobe Illustrator ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Converting TTF font I created into Unicode symbols?

I am very lost in this cause and have never worked with font file types before, so am super confused. I am wondering if it is possible to convert a true type file into unicode symbols. I created an ...
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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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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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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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Is there any open-source alternative to Fontlab out there?

I used to work with Fontlab Studio to design and compile my fonts. Years have passed and my former Fontlab install vanished into the voids of a crashing harddisk. Now that I'm gaining interest in ...
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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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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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How much alteration to a font constitutes a new variation?

I have been looking at many of the questions asked about similar fonts or alternate fonts that can be used in place of a more expensive or popular one. One of the interesting things to look at is when ...
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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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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 would you name this font? [closed]

Bold text is for edits, which are important. Breaking news: ttf Unicode version released at https://typedesign.netlify.com/customfont.html I made a bitmap font resembling my handwriting (I improved ...
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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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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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Consistent angles in my font

I'm early(ish) in the process of designing a font, and need some advice. All the vertical terminals (excluding top/bottom of stems) end with a cut at a specific angle. This is consistent throughout ...
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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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Helvetica: trailing leg in lowercase “a”

Why sometimes I find Helvetica with the letter "a" with the right leg straight and other times I find it with the right leg turned to the right: Letter "a" with right leg straight: Letter "a" with ...
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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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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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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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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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When designing a latin-based typeface, how are diacritics handled?

I was looking into designing a font that could include characters with diacritics but outside of knowing any other language besides English I was unsure if there was a reference or method designers ...
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Creating a font for a new language

Suppose somebody develops a new language, with totally new characters. And a font for the same has to be created. How does one do that?
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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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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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Closest Google Font to Amazon's new “Amazon Ember” font?

Amazon in the UK has implemented a new font called "Amazon Ember". A product page shows the squarish font, which has two-storey a, single-bowl g and flat top to the digit 3: My amateur eye can't seem ...
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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 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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Handwriting font that at random picks characters?

First, I don't know much about creating fonts. I work with a childrens book author and want to create a font from her handwriting. This means that I have to have more then one character per letter ...
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How to reduce the size of a (chinese) .ttf font file?

I have a Chinese font file, the size of the file is 7.693 MB. Due to the size of the ttf file, the website loads slowly. Is there any way to reduce the size of the .ttf font?
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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?