How To Make A Custom Font Using Fontself

How to make your own typeface? Have you ever wanted to make your own font? It’s hard to make a font and tedious to kern a typeface, or so I thought. That all changed when I found out about Fontself. I gave it a spin. It’s fun and highly addictive. If you’ve ever wanted to design your own font, watch this video tutorial on how to design your own typeface.

What big design agencies have made their own custom fonts? What are all the anatomy terms of a letter? Do you get discouraged by how challenging it can be? In this video Chris teaches you how you can make your own custom font. He also teaches you all the terminology for the anatomy of a letter.

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-Make sure to name your guides as “Baseline”, “Ascender”, “Descender”, “capHeight”, or “xHeight” in your layers panel
-Make sure you don’t have repetitive letters/characters
-Double check you write ALL of the alphabet

00:34 – Does the world need another poorly designed typeface?
02:00 – The 3 challenges to making a typeface
03:17 – 5 reasons why you should consider designing your own font
05:29 – Who are historical masters of typeface design?
06:27 – Who are some present day superstars of typeface design?
07:43 – Example of design firms that have used custom typefaces (Nuts)
08:22 – Michael Beirut working on WALK NYC
09:43 – Designers who make an income selling fonts
11:24 – Terminology & Anatomy of typefaces
15:08 – Recap of all the terms (screenshot this)
15:18 – What is the unity of design?
15:38 – The 4 groups of letter types
18:08 – The 3 different types of typefaces that Chris is going to make
18:46 – Chris writing the font he’s going to make
23:03 – Editing the picture of the font in Photoshop
25:55 – Taking the font into Illustrator
43:00 – Using Fontself to make your font
48:59 – Converting a vector drawing into a font
58:00 – Changing Futura to Futur Futura
58:56 – What is Fontself?
1:00:00 – Design Challenge

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