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

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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:)
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OpenType Font Based On Lines Instead On Shapes

Does the OpenType format support letters which not consist of closed shapes but only line segmets? E.g. the capital I might consist of two horizontal and one vertical lines. So if I want to use such ...
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Is it possible to create a font that is in a book?

I want to know if it is possible to create a font that replicates the font of a book. For example, If I want to use the font that is used in the following Image: Link to full PDF Is it possible to ...
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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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What's the term of what I need to fix here - Umlaut dots missing at 80% zoom?

In my font, the Umlaut character is broken when viewing at 80% zoom in Word. It displays like U but is in fact Ü: I'm now looking for the correct term of what needs to be fixed. First I thought ...
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FontForge scripting “Insert Text Outlines…” dialog

I'm a Python developer dabbling in font creation for the first time as a side hobby using FontForge 2017-07-31 over XQuartz 2.7.11 on MacOS 10.12.6 My goal is to create a series of novelty font, in ...
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How to create a custom font with multi-part glyphs?

I'm attempting to create a custom font using FontForge. I'm using Illustrator to generate the paths. Unfortunately, my knowledge is with Photoshop, not Illustrator. While I've been able to create the ...
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Type Design: Background and guidelines for designing the Umlaute (ä Ä, ü Ü, ö Ö) of a serif typeface

I am working on the editorial design of a book and Lucas Bihan of Bretagne Type Foundry was kind enough to give me access to a trial version of his serif typeface »Self Modern«, which I am now using ...
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Does anyone know what happened to moorstation.org? the 90s type foundry

Does anyone know what the status is of moorstation.org's type collection? There were probably hundreds of typefaces designed in the 90s on that site. It's been down for at least a month (HTTP Error ...
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What methods exist for determining if a font is similar or derivative work?

I've always assumed that the vector outlines contained in a font file are essentially mathematical formulas describing each of those shapes; and that no matter how similar two fonts might appear, the ...
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How to turn a bezier curve into a shape?

Forgive me, I'm rather new to Graphic design. I'm currently making a font (in inkscape), and have been drawing the characters using bezier curves. An example can be seen below. However, when I try to ...
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Creating final forms with FontForge

I am working on a handwritten cursive font (latin character set) using FontForge, and wish to have glyph variants for a few characters (s, p, ...) at the end of a word, so that there is no spurious ...
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How to reduce the vertical bounding box of a font?

I just extracted Twitter's iconography glyph font (before the new redesign) to also keep it in history (because I also much love it than the new one imho) and also study and use it on my Twitter UX ...
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Adjusting font alignment and size

I'm in the middle of picking a font for a rather sizeable project, and we've largely landed on Migrena Grotesque. Unfortunately, the alignment of this font seems to be a lot lower, and the general ...
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What are the general rules for heights/widths of punctuation marks when designing a font?

I've been getting into font design recently, and I'm pretty clear on the various widths and heights for the letters, but I realized I'm at a loss when it comes to punctuation. I can kind of guess that ...
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Name for letter j with 'tick' on the right hand side

I was reading some articles on jacobinmag.com and I noticed that their letter j has a sort of tick or tail on the right hand side at the base. I was wondering if anyone could tell me what this tick is ...
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Why is Times New Roman the default font for high school papers instead of Times?

It seems to me that Times is a superior font. On Microsoft Word at least, Times supports ligatures and Times New Roman doesn't. It may just be personal preference, but the symbols for Times are far ...
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What is the rationale and market value for designing a new font face?

There are countless fonts at this point. Free ones and commercial ones. Serif and San-serif and everything in between or beyond. A vast majority of the questions we get asked on this site is looking ...
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Why add extrema points when designing fonts?

It's apparently import to add anchor points at the horizontal and vertical extrema of your paths when designing the glyphs of a font. Most font editors have functions to add these for you and will ...
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Why is Bounce (and Tumble) rarely done these days?

In the days of hand lettering and letter presses there was a specific decision given to the Bounce of the text. That is manually tweaking the line height on a per character basis. Excerpt from Letter ...
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How to create a true type font (.ttf) font from CAD-designed letters?

I need to create a true type (.ttf) font, in order to use in different programs without the need to convert the font every time. So I designed an alphabet using AutoCAD and now I want to create the ...
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Is there a general rule regarding font spacing?

Lately I've been looking into designing my own font. As practice I did some small family jobs, like I had created this design with 3 letters, the whole thing was pretty much a "custom font". I was ...
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Is there a “monobright” font in which every character uses the exact same number of pixels (not necessary monospaced)?

I am solving the following problem: I want to display numbers on a huge indoor display (size 32x32 pixel -> "bright light bulbs" / LEDs). Now I want every displayed number to be equally bright, so ...
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how do i protect/lock the files of a font I designed?

how do i protect my font design for reselling on-line on font sites? Is a license good enough, i want to sell allowing others to use in designs/logos etc. Can I lock the "Affinity Designer" files of ...
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Whats the font family of that text? [closed]

Just wanted to know the font family of the New Game to download the ttf file Can anyone please help out?
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How can I build up 'structured knowledge' of the space of significant font families?

I'm not a graphic designer by trade, and my design work has been limited to posters and flyers for social activism, as well as scientific on-screen presentations and a couple of conference posters. ...
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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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How do I get the menlo font onto Google Docs?

I want to get the menlo font onto Google docs but it's not in Google fonts. It looks like this: The big brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs. However, it's not available. I need it because that's ...
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How can I create a font similar to this one?

I want to make a logo and the only font that fits what I need is Ugo. However, I would prefer to use it in lowercase but there are no lowercase characters available. How can I go about making mine?
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Glyphs (Font Editor): Meaning of yellow hue around alignment zone guidelines

As a first type design exercise and in order to properly learn how to use the software, I am redrawing the typeface Akzidenz Grotesk by Berthold in Glyphs. I am basing my exercise on the Akzidenz ...
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Incorrect mark placement in OpenType font

I am designing an Arabic opentype font. I use marks for placing Harakat, I have a problem when placing character U+06D6 (small sad with lam ligature) over U+06E4 (arabic small high madda). It is ...
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How much different has a font to be?

Question: How much has a font to be different from another to not run into license troubles? Background: I'd like to use a specific font in my application but there is a pricetag problem. Don't get ...
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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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Developing a Typeface

I have some typefaces in Illustrator and would like to export them as a font. Is there a free program that people could recommend? Or a database of font designers I can contact?
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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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Validation issues – duplicate unicode code points?

I am trying to generate a self-created True Type font. When validating, I’m getting a bunch of characters with: There is another glyph in the font with this unicode code point. This happens after ...
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What tools are available for designing a font for a new method of writing?

My friend and I are working on a new way of writing using the idea of fractions: the part above the fraction line is the consonant and the part below the line is the vowel. This method of writing has ...
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Need help identifying a font family!

Help needed! :) We've found this amazing font but we can't figure out what font family it belongs to! Are there any font experts out there that might be able to pin point the font family? We've ...
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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 can I create accented letters in a font where the glyphs look wrong?

I’m translating to Italian an English manual for a game about 1980’s Poland and it often mentions the Solidarity movement, which is spelled Solidarność in Polish and Solidarity in the manual. Here in ...
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Is this Dutch IJ ligature suitable and readable to native speakers?

I'm designing a display typeface and have designed, for the Dutch capital IJ digraph, a ligature that combines the "I" and "J" to form what looks like a broken "U". Here is a comparison of my "IJ" ...
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Implementing the Dutch IJ digraph as a ligature

I'm designing a display typeface and having some trouble deciding how to implement the uppercase Dutch digraph "IJ". I have designed a ligature that combines the "I" and "J" to form what looks like a ...
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Can a typeface be designed to have characters depend on previous characters within a typed word?

I am embarking on a project to design my own font for a personal project that will resemble my handwriting. I have read a few good guides to get a broad view of what it will take for me to achieve ...
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Glyphs: hide & show image in background

I have placed a reference image in Glyphs in order to draw paths on top of it. Is there a way hide the image and show it again (in other words turn on and off my reference)?
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How to design a font like this?

I saw a lot of font designs like this, but haven't found any tutorials on how to create such a font. How can I create a font like this?
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What do font artists mean when they speak of a “clean” font?

I'm in the process of creating a small bitmap (pixel) font and want to name it in a way so as to differentiate it from further variants I will create later. Naively, I would have appended the word "...
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Do I really need an ſ (long s) in my typeface?

From what I can tell, the long s (ſ) is obsolete. According to Wikipedia (that well known fount of infallibility), it fell out of use in the U.S. and U.K. in the early 1800's[1] and it mainly survives ...
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What does “draft font” mean?

What does "draft font" mean? How does it differ from other Fonts? I have been looking a fonts and keep seeing this designation. I thought this meant draft in the way that it is normally used but now I ...