Questions tagged [font-design]

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

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Reduce font size in TTF file

I have a font that I downloaded that I would like to apply to an existing document, but the font size I need is consistently 5.5pt less than the font size in the TTF file I downloaded. So if I want to ...
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Should I care about diacritic collisions?

When designing a typeface, how should I treat diacritics that would collide with adjacent glyphs—including other diacritics? You can see in this example that there are a lot of collisions: That is ...
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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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Can a typeface be very thick in “Regular” style, or does that one then need to be “Bold/Black”?

I am working on a typeface and have started with a somewhat thicker style that would usually be called "Bold". Can I make it "Regular" or is it unusual for a certain thickness?
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Why do these letters have gaps in them?

Not sure what the correct name is. Check the picture: why do these letters have gaps in them? I could understand the letter "O" having gaps because the spray-paint-mold had to hold the inside area. ...
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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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Generating font files from SVG files

I am trying to make an installable font (trueType, openType + web) from different svg files containing the characters. The tricky part is that the letter shapes are actually randomly generated by a ...
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Why is Verdana's lower-case pi symbol so similar to an n?

Verdana (the default font of a lot of sites for Windows users) has a symbol that looks like an n for pi: In Arial, another common font for windows, this looks as expected: According to this comment: ...
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unifying sizing of font icon into a set with illustrator?

I look around the web, and there are a lot of tutorials on how to create icons, but my question is, how do you unify the icons into a set using illustrator? So here's the problem: I am a UI Designer,...
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Create a custom font with multi colours [closed]

I'm looking to crate a custom font. The font has 2 colours - a coloured fill and a different coloured hard edge shadow. Is this possible and how?
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Why is the minus sign not on the same height as the plus sign?

I noticed that the horizontal lines of - and + signs are not on the same height for non-monospaced fonts. That looks ugly to me. What is the design principle or reason behind that?
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Are there fonts whose licence allows me to edit them and then resell the edited version?

I am looking for a way to start from a base font and create another font from it, that I could eventually resell. The edits would be rather heavy but the shape could remain. I would like to know if ...
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Just need to bold and touch up scanned signatures and logos

Had a program called SLED from VSsoftware (Aristotle?) that converted vector graphics to fonts. It had a very basic editing program to crop, scale, bold check signatures and logos (all b&w) and ...
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How do I go change the order/position of characters in Unicode fonts when a language demands it?

When designing a font for another language in Unicode, how do you change the position of the characters to show up how they need to show up? Edit: Since the characters don't seem to be showing up for ...
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Central, simplified, “pen” strokes of a font glyph

Take a look at this picture: The red lines inside a glyph is what I'm referring to as "central" or "pen" strokes. Imagine you drawing the letter using a pen, so you only have thin strokes which ...
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How to automate creation of OpenType features based on glyph and/or class names?

I use FontLab Studio, but if there are ways to do what I'm asking in Glyphs, I'd make the switch. I know how to write OpenType features by hand, based on the naming-conventions of my glyphs and ...
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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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How to check if font or other product name has been used?

I have used trademark searches before, such as http://www.uspto.gov/ but each country has their own, which means more searching than I have time for. Besides many of those sites are incomplete, ...
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Free font creators with multi color support

I have heard of good free font creating tools like Birdfont and Fontforge but I would like to know if there is any one that supports multi colored fonts. I know transtype by fontlab supports this but ...
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Creating additional characters for an existing font?

A font I am using is missing a couple special characters so I made my own. I'm trying to package them together as a typeface using IcoMoon. However without knowing the original font's metrics I can't ...
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Font with ZERO spacing

I'm looking for a font with ZERO spacing surrounding the characters, specifically numbers 0-9. Matching math symbols, specifically: +, -, ×, ÷, =, should be centered horizontally and vertically in ...
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Creating font using constraints

I want to create my own font by using constraints. I want to define the size of angles, how long lines are, distance between points and so on. For example the sketch editor of FreeCAD offers this ...
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How to create my own font?

Can someone tell me which program I use to make my own font? I am aware that letters in a font file are vector-based, and that I can use a vector program like Adobe Illustrator to design and export ...
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Illustrator and serif font making

I have started to work with font making via illustrator and have a question about serif typefaces. Below is a serif I have started (the 'A' looking thing): I tried playing around with the stroke ...
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What are some common kerning pairs?

Setting up good kerning is one of the most important parts of designing a typeface. Cheap or free fonts often have bad or non existent kerning and it gets incredibly tedious having to manually kern ...
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How to design the letter ß (eszett or sharp S)

When designing a typeface, how should I design the letter ß? Looking at existing typefaces there seems to be a some variations of how the character is designed. It seems that the letter (called an ...
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Why are there so many variations on the ampersand design?

Most characters have a single shape or form - for instance the letter C always looks like a C. The end caps may be different, it may have serifs, the terminals may end at a different angle, but the ...
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How should I approach designing special characters I am unfamiliar with when designing a typeface?

When designing a typeface there are a number of characters that I, as an English speaker, have never used, rarely seen and simply don't understand. These characters fall in to a number of different ...
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Can I export an Inkscape SVG to a TTF file?

I have tried my hand at designing a font, and have made the individual SVG files for each character on Inkscape. Looking at other things about this topic, the answer always seems to be something along ...
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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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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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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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Can TrueType fonts contain color?

Google's Noto Fonts include, in addition to Noto Emoji, the color TTF font called Noto Color Emoji. Can TrueType fonts have built-in colors?
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Is kerning lacking in the Gentium font?

I seem to recall from my reading (a while back) that kerning was a problem for the Gentium font in accented Latin characters. Is this still the case? And why would the kerning be different for ...
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How to get all supported opentype settings for a font?

I’m using often open source fonts from the web for my web projects. One thing I’d like to do, is activating opentype settings like ligatures or kerning (and in some cases, it would be helpful to check ...
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A font for mathematical notation

i have to state that i have no idea about font design but i always wondered why there was never a font that fully supports mathematical notation especially multi part mathematical notation such as ...
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Does it break copyright to create derivatives of a font?

Linotte Heavy and Gotham Rounded Bold are almost alike. In fact, Linotte Heavy looks like it is derived from Gotham Rounded. If I were to customise the glyphs of Gotham Rounded/Linotte Heavy to suit ...
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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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Vector fonts – do they need hinting?

I’ve been studying Truetype fonts and hinting. Knowing the difference between raster and vector graphics I’m wondering: Why is hinting still necessary? Aren’t there rendering engines for vector fonts?...
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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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Why does Consolas scale so well on Windows?

I was trying to make a font from scratch. I always admired Consolas and I wanted a clean style similar to it. The problem is that my font doesn't scale as well as Consolas. This is an example of my ...
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Fonts: screen vs paper

One thing I keep reading, especially in discussions about fonts for the Kindle, is that some fonts were designed for print but that nowadays designing fonts for onscreen use should be a consideration, ...
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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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Random characters in Fontlab [duplicate]

I'm working on a project where I want to make a font, but it's more like a pattern generator. Here are 2 pictures to show what my concept is: With some scripts is it possible that I want to do? I ...
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What am I missing if I have a font created from SVGs using some online application?

I have love for fonts, especially in web and print typography, though my background is not in this regards. Recently I came to know that, I can make SVG images in Illustrator, and can upload them to ...
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Consistent vertical alignment of self-made font

I have created a custom font using Font Studio. However, at certain zooms in Excel the letters of the font do not align correctly. Here is the font at 160 % zoom: And here is the font at 115 % zoom:...
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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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Line Height of Font

I am designing my own font with Type 3.2. I have exported the font as an .otf and it is working well. However, for some reason the line height seems to work differently with my new font than the ...
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How do I create a bold version of my custom font?

I am not a graphic designer but a teacher. :) I created a font using my handwriting for some of my materials to use in my classroom so it was consistent. Because I do not have a bold option for my ...
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What's the name of this style of “a” [duplicate]

what's the name for this kind of a representation? the one with the upper arc