Questions tagged [font-design]

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

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How do I make sure the unicode box drawing characters work properly in my font?

Unicode has a set of characters for drawing simple graphics. Here is an example from Wikipedia: ┌─┬┐ ╔═╦╗ ╓─╥╖ ╒═╤╕ │ ││ ║ ║║ ║ ║║ │ ││ ├─┼┤ ╠═╬╣ ╟─╫╢ ╞═╪╡ └─┴┘ ╚═╩╝ ╙─╨╜ ╘═╧╛ There ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to import an SVG image and set the SVG width as the gliph advance?

I use Inkscape to draw one SVG file per letter and FontForge to integrate it. For this, I follow this guide of FontForge documentation. In the SVG file, I use the right border to indicate a character’...
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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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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 can I hide the ring under certain diacritic characters in an Arabic fonts?

I'm looking for this ring in font forge to remove it or modify it but can't find it. Here is an example of these rings. They are supposed to read like this: However, I merged the two fonts above to ...
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Pinyin font with larger diacritics

Where can I find a Pinyin don't with larger than normal diacritics? When positioned next to Chinese characters, e.g.. in a list, they would make the intonation of the characters more obvious. (Many ...
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Needing help with Shoelace font

Im trying to create a z and an i in this style of font I've never used a graphic design type software and kinda just winging it at this stage so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Is there a formula for the largest readable font size?

I'm working on a project about "creating rules" about design and text sizes in a layout... even when you do not have the size of the layout. My co-worker and I can't agree on the largest text size to ...
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Advice about expanding a wordmark into a full typeface - best practices for shoulders in letters

Does anyone know of typefaces where the lowercase r has a shoulder, but the lowercase n does not? I've done a custom mark and it fits these requirements, but I'm confused as to how to expand the mark ...
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What to do when a custom font appears as black boxes - FontForge

I am trying to create a custom font that I can use in a book I am writing. I have drawn the glyphs I want in Photoshop, opened them individually in Illustrator and converted them to the .SVG format, ...
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How do I make a Font Preview?

I have created a custom font using FontForge. I have exported it as an OpenType (OTF) and I have installed it by right clicking the exported files and selecting "Install" However, when I go to select ...
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Reference points of the glyphs and scaling them

Suppose that I am designing a new font in either fontforge or fontlab and suppose that I already have a model font. What do I need to do so that the reference points of the glyphs in my new fonts is ...
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Italic Cursive/Running Resources

I am in the process of practicing a running Italic hand, with most letters connected in the spirit of Paul Standard (I also own Alfred Fairbank's book). In addition, I'm trying to minimise the number ...
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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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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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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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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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optical adjustment for 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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Readable/clearer type on 3D rotated images

I'm using a lot of 3D rotated images, especially in mockups. I've always noticed that text become slightly less clear when they're rotated. I've always accepted this, since I thought there was no way ...