How to Make a Font with FontForge & Inkscape


How to Make a Font with FontForge & Inkscape

February 27, 2012
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If you have ever wondered how to create a font, you may find the following tutorials useful for getting an idea of how the font creation process works. The majority of tutorials listed feature the free and open source programs inkscape (vector drawing) and fontforge (font editor).

Inkscape and FontForge can be installed on both windows, mac and the linux operating system. The installation procedures for FontForge vary from operating system to operating system. If you are running linux, both FontForge and Inkscape should be available by default in your package manager repositories.

Next, I would  like to mention one of my favorite typography blogs El Serif de Chocolate, where I have recently discovered my new love — “Ferrica Light“. You can follow Luis Fernando Carvente on Behance here: http://www.behance.net/carvente and on twitter:

He recently posted this great video called “Talking Type” with Ken Barber of House Industries


House Industries: Interview with Ken Barber from Gestalten on Vimeo.

The following video tutorials vary. Basically it’s just a taste of what can be done with the free software available. The last video uses illustrator and then moves on to display the font table and metrics window for setting the left and right width variants/bearing easily in FontForge.

From what I’ve seen, the newer versions of Inkscape make the font creation a bit easier than Illustrator as there are built in tools that allow the user to keep all of the font resources in one single svg. This svg can be imported into FontForge in one single step.

How to Make a Font with Inkscape | More info on Clever Someday – Make a dingbat font with Inkscape

Inkscape + Spiro

Inkscape Typography Extensions – After designing glyphs in Inkscape and converting them to the SVGFont format, you can load it in Fontforge. More info in article by Felipe Sanches on understandingfonts.com


Inkscape & Fontforge | Resource Files posted in bottom of video


Setting up your glyph from lace on Vimeo. (Illustrator to Fontforge)Another useful resource link: http://fntsample.sourceforge.net

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    9 Comments

    1. Marcia February 27, 2012 2:26 pm

      Hi Su, I sent you an email last week. Hope it didn't get lost in spam or something but hoping to hear back from you about the prayer tags. Just double checking whether they were delivered correctly.
      Hope you have a lovely Monday.
      Much love!

      Reply
    2. Sweetheart Diary February 27, 2012 4:01 pm

      Wow… thanks for this…!

      Reply
    3. Little Birdie Blessings February 27, 2012 4:27 pm

      Hi Su, this is a great post about fonts, very detailed and I even watched the video. I love working with digital, but I think this is beyond me at this time. Who knows though, someday I may surprise you with a brand new abby font. ~ Abby

      Reply
    4. Susan Smith February 28, 2012 12:22 am

      Marcia I sent you an email! Thanks 🙂

      Abby These videos helped me feel as though the task is less daunting, lol!

      Reply
    5. Free Pretty Things For You February 28, 2012 10:43 pm

      Hi My Love!! This is AWESOME! I cant wait to watch it all!
      I still have an email for you!
      But I just wanted to let you know To be looking out for that package in the next few days! I sent it out to day :)!!! YAY!!!!

      Reply
    6. Susan Smith February 28, 2012 10:57 pm

      @Keren Aww, yayy~ thank you SO much. You are such a ♥sweetheart♥! ::hugs::

      Reply
    7. Jill Lebbin March 19, 2012 2:13 am

      Su, this is Great! Thanks for sharing your knowledge! You're so techy! Smiles, Jill

      Reply
    8. wickedqueenofmean February 8, 2013 2:46 am

      Wow what an amazing post! I'm self taught, I've learned GIMP, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and Paintshop pro. I'm really excited at the idea of teaching myself how to create my own fonts! Thank you so much for your post.

      Reply
    9. Susan Smith February 8, 2013 4:43 am

      Thanks so much! Here's the windows installer for fontforge: http://www.mpetroff.net/software/fontforge-windows/

      Reply

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