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Practical Font Design

Course Summary

Simple techniques in FontLab Studio 5 to efficiently create your first fonts or streamline your workflow

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    Course Syllabus

    • The basic tools of this course, plus an intro to the font design process
      • Prologue about the included text book : "Practical Font Design, 3rd Edition+"
      • Welcome!
      • Terminology of Type Metrics
      • A ten-step design procedure to efficiently build your font
      • Setting up your font and adding a mask to generate your character slots
      • The basics of letterspacing
      • The letterspacing tables
      • Drawing tools
      • The sample font
    • Drawing the font with spacing
      • Adding the measurement pieces glyph
      • Drawing the cap I
      • Drawing the Cap O
      • Drawing the lower l, i, & h, plus the period
      • Exercises you should be doing now...
      • Finishing the period and accents,then doing the n & m
      • Drawing the B, P, & R
      • Drawing the b, d, p, & q
    • Letterspacing, adding characters, OpenType features, and kerning
      • Checking the Letterspacing
      • Generating the composite glyphs or accented characters
      • Where you should be now
      • What is Opentype?
      • Adding OpenType features
      • Producing the small cap glyphs
      • Some basic kerning information
      • Kerning your font, a demo
      • Generating your font

Course Fee:
USD 49

Course Type:


Course Status:



1 - 4 hours / week

This course is listed under Development & Implementations and Data & Information Management Community

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