How to create a typeface?

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How to create a typeface?

Postby Alexej17 » Thu 29 Nov 2012 5:21 pm

Hello everybody,

I would like to ask you something. I am a starting conlanger, eager to learn from others. I am working on my conlang called Augliàs, or Auglian in English. I've developped it's own script and now I would like to create a typeface of this script to use in programs like Word, Open Office, or Paint.

Does any of you know an easy, understandable program to make my own typeface? I would really like to hear all your tips and suggestions.

Thanks in advance,


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Re: How to create a typeface?

Postby Anoran » Mon 03 Dec 2012 4:22 am

There's a number of programs out there that are quite popular. Some of them are easier to use than others, but often not as advanced.

FontStruct is fairly popular, and is an online tool that requires Flash. It is very easy to use.
FontForge is likewise also popular. While it is powerful, it's also a bit cumbersome since it's designed for Unix and Linux systems. There is a Windows version available.
FontCreator is easy to use, but the more advanced features are hard to find and the full version is a paid program.

I'd probably recommend FontStruct if you're just looking for some basic prototype fonts. You can probably polish it up later using other programs.

Also, I'm not sure, but there may be some art programs out there that allow for plugins to edit and save fonts.

I hope this helps!
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