Trying to change a given font's size with any free software

Indigo121's picture

Being unsatisfied with all of the default fonts on my Kindle, I've decided to edit the "Caecilia" to my size requirements.
I just want to slightly increase in height and width the character. I've tried to do so with the trial edition of High-Logic FontCreator, and with Birdfont and FontForge, but in all of them I couldn't find the way to do it.

Again- just changing the width and height of the character (not in the same ratio!). not spacing, not position. In any free software. Please help.

Thanks.

Bendy's picture

I believe the trial version of Glyphs has full functionality.

However,

I wouldn't recommend scaling a font this way, there are likely to be rounding errors, and spacing, kerning and hinting implications. Choosing different ratios for x- and y-scaling will also mess up the stroke modulation. There may also be legal restrictions on editing Caecilia, you need to check the EULA.

JanekZ's picture

FontForge
Element -> Style -> Change Glyph



blokland's picture

Ben: ‘Choosing different ratios for x- and y-scaling will also mess up the stroke modulation.

Not by definition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOsYMctPRNg

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Bendy's picture

Ah yes, not necessarily, it's true.

Out of interest, does the kind of parametric software you show there work just as nicely for designs with strong diagonal contrast? The interface allows vertical and horizontal curved sections to be programmed, but there may be cases where other widths are more primary to the design.

blokland's picture

Ben: ‘[…] does the kind of parametric software you show there work just as nicely for designs with strong diagonal contrast?

In general it does; it’s in use for more than a year in DTL’s font production now. That being said, I’m pretty sure that despite this functionality is quite amazing, one surely will encounter cases where some thorough corrections are inevitable. But it remains amazing, IMHO –although I’m a bit biased.

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Bendy's picture

Indeed, it looks like a very useful tool. I wish I had more time (and budget!) to explore all the options.

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