Making a font from an SVG file?

typography.'s picture

Hello,

I am a graphic designer and I am currently working on a project. I am using a vector graphics program with some custom letters that I created for titling on publications for a company. I have the whole alphabet, uppercase and lowercase, all on the same SVG file. I don't have a lot of experience with creating font files and I was wondering if there was any way or software to create a font from these letters at it would be easier than having to copy and paste the letters to manually create the words?

Thanks!

bojev's picture

All of the font producing software can use SVG files as source material. FontLab, Fontographer etc. On a basic level it would be cut and paste each glyph into the font program and refine from that and then generate the font. Least costly program is TypeTool from FontLab, but remember all of these programs do take a bit of time to learn.

Queneau's picture

If you've got Indesign, you could try IndyFont, which is a script for indesign, with which you can quite easily create working OT fonts. (really!) It has some limitations, for instance no kerning, but it could serve your purpose, as it is quite inexpensive, and easy to work with. You can find it here: http://www.indiscripts.com/category/projects/IndyFont

Another alternative is Glyphs Mini, which can be bought from the AppStore for 40€. It is quite friendly to work with for beginners, has some automated OT features, class kerning.

I have both (I am not a pro type designer, but I do create fonts form time to time for personal projects) and both of these might work for you as well.

Thomas Phinney's picture

I can't really recommend IndyFont. It is like using an InDesign plug-in to cook dinner for you: the fact that it works is genuinely amazing, but it is simply the wrong tool for the job. A bizarre hack that makes one wonder why....

Glyphs Mini and our own TypeTool are fine starter choices. If you don't care about your operating system’s UI conventions, and/or are on a tight budget, and/or love libre software, there is also FontForge.

bojev's picture

Congratulations Thomas on joining FontLab - you will be a huge addition to an already good group. Type guys are good guys.

Queneau's picture

I see you point Thomas, Indyfont is no real replacement for a font editor, but it does provide some easy to use tools for non-professional typedesigners. The functionality is limited, but it does work.

I was quite dissapointed by TypeTool, especially when compared to glyphs mini. The interface was rather dodgy to use, even if I had some experience with fontlab. It feels outdated. Will there be an updated version any time soon?

Thomas Phinney's picture

Define "soon"...?

We are working on a new version of TypeTool, but it is not going to be out right away. It will however be on an entirely new code base with a completely overhauled interface, and will not feel like a refugee from a different decade.

Queneau's picture

OK, thanks Thomas!

Thomas Phinney's picture

No problemo. And thanks to Bob for the kind words. :)

charles ellertson's picture

Define "soon"...?

Sadly, I suspect the definition is closer to the one in the Urban Dictionary
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=soon

than to Merriam-Webster
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/soon

& now Thomas, I said "closer," not "the same as."

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