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    Making Fonts


    Looking around the sugarweb I see afew different options regarding fontlab studio and other programs that can 'publish/create' fonts however, these look really confusing, and so is the 30 trail of fontlab studio.

    I've basically made a bunch of jpegs and thought I would be able to import them into font making software but this isn't the case from initial research.

    Anyone know any easy and more simple ways of making fonts? Not the design bit, the techy bit.

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    I have never used a font creation software, but i always thought that they required to be vectors graphics for each letter letter in the font your trying to create. Jpg would not work because when you resize fonts they would look pixelated and that is why vectors are used.

    Other than that little knowledge i know nothing about creating custom fonts.

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    Yarp - Ideally you always want to be dealing with vectors for the reasons already posted.

    If you have Jpegs, then you could trace them in something like Illustrator or Corel-Draw and import them into the font program, else you just have to re-draw them in FontLab.

    Making fonts actually dead easy, all the technical stuff is automated... it's just a bit of a slog having to draw out 26+ letters an all.

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    If you're looking for a simple and easy way of making fonts, you're probably barking up the wrong tree. ...but... there is a (online?) program called fontstruct, that's pretty simple, or seems to be.

    Also, If you have a vector program such as Adobe Illustrator, you could bypass making and actual, typable font, and you could simply make a vector alphabet, and arrange the letters into words whenever you needed them.

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