Font needed to be converted from font

amer89's picture

1This is pretty simple for professionals, yet apparently not for someone like me who just wants to make ONE font from an image.
I need someone to convert these glyphs in this image to a TTF. The ordering is in IBM 437 format and I don't mind it being converted and arranged for ISO 8859-1 at this point:

Due to the gray pixels, it needs to be in 2bpp. It's easy to find free and easy B&W raster font editors, but how exactly does it cost over $150 to add a few bits of gray to a glyph??

Theunis de Jong's picture

... convert these glyphs in this image to a TTF ...

... how exactly does it cost over $150 to add a few bits of gray to a glyph??

So what do you want, exactly? TTF fonts are regular fonts -- outlines, which are usually filled with black. The only "raster" images inside are low-resolution optimised bitmaps. (Disregarding, for the moment, recent non-standard additions of PNG bitmaps.) Regular TTF fonts can be displayed by any software that support fonts. You will get grayscale at the discretion of the software used, its settings, and the size you display it at (some software automatically disables antialiasing at larger sizes).

A raster font, on the other hand, is pretty much what your image shows: a single bitmap or a list of bitmaps, which need custom software support to display.

amer89's picture

I want it in TTF form, but be able to preserve its rasterized shape. The gray colors are meant to be the same color as the letters, but at a lower opacity.

Also, sorry about the miseading title, it's supposed to read "Need image to be converted into a font". It's been a tiresome two days looking for something that can easily do this without being limited to a demo, requesting you pay them an absurd amount before you're able to save your small, free font in a usable form...

hrant's picture

This sort of thing isn't simple at all (and will not work robustly, FYI).
What's your budget?


Thomas Phinney's picture

Most rendering environments these days won't preserve your intended gray-scale pixel pattern no matter what you do. Plus, it is *way* non-trivial. Basically, what Hrant said.

Té Rowan's picture

Currently, the only thing I can think of that would fit is an Apple-style emoji font, but you'd almost certainly need to be an iJunkie to get any use out of that.

(And, yes, I'm not an Apple fan, or fan of single-sourced stuff in general.)

Theunis de Jong's picture

amer89, as you may have understood by now, TTF does not support transparent sections.

Would a solution such as this be acceptable? (This one 'A' took me about 10 minutes -- multiply by 256 to get your entire character set.)

Theunis de Jong's picture

An alternative, with dots instead of lines:

hrant's picture

Stochastic screening! :-)

BTW, the way the Ultrafonts method worked (what I used for my Mana* series) was to divide the pixel into a 4×4 subgrid, using specific patterns that ensured predictable gray outcomes on all major systems... before OSX went full-fuzz, dragging Windows (half-way) down with it eventually.



Micha Mirck's picture

Great idea with the lines... maybe with small squares even better, dots don't seem to work...

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