Create your own font in less than 5 minutes
If you have ever thought about creating your own font then you are probably aware of the amount of time it takes. No? It would involve you drawing every character, scanning them, cleaning up scans and converting to a font creation tool. Sounds simple? Trust me, it takes a long time.
I’ve wanted to create my own handwriting font for ages. The thought of scanning a hundred plus characters gave me nightmares.
Good news then if you own an ipad. If you have an ipad, you can create your own font in about 5 minutes. Shut up! 5 minutes are you mental? Yes, I mean no, I’m not mental, you can create a font with all the basic glyphs in 5 minutes. Its so easy your mum could do it!
How to create a your handwriting font?
All you need is the iFontMaker app and your finger, or pen. I have a cheap griffin ipad pen, so that’s what I use. Before you dive in let me remind you again how you would create the font the traditional way:
- Print a character template
- Draw each glyph with a pen or pencil
- Scan each letter
- Process each Glyph in photoshop or illustrator
- Convert to font with fontlab studio or other package
- Sort out the spacing
- Sort out the kerning
- Generate the font
Obviously, if you had a drawing tablet, you could draw them directly into fontlab or other software package. As you can see its probably too complex for your average user, and you need a whole load of expensive software.
Create your handwritten font the easy way
First, you will need the app. After you install the app, watch the video’s on the creators website. It will quickly get you up to speed on how everything works.
Alternatively, if you are like me, ignore all the instructions and just dive in and start drawing. The app is very intuitive and works like all the other apps you have already used i.e. drag, drop, rotate etc.
Lets get started.
1. Create a new document
2. Give your font a title and author name
3. Use a example font as a template
4. Start drawing your glyphs
5. Scale and modify if you need to
6. Build font via 2TTF.com
7. Email the font to yourself, or go via website
8. You are done, now you can install the font on your desktop.
How easy was that? I’ve never found an app on the ipad that I would use more than once, but this, I’m gonna create a whole bunch of typefaces with it. If you want more inspiration to create your own font, take a look at before breakfast, a free font I created using this app. Granted it took me 10 mins not five, but still dam quick!