Fontographer Advice please!

rainskilove's picture

Hello everyone
I have been asked to help out a fellow designer who has a hand drawn font that needs to be constructed in fontographer.
I have built some fonts with it in the past, but this particular one is a joined up face.
Has anyone done this before? and if so, have you any advice when building? I could just bungle my way though but its for quite a big client and I don't want to mess it up for her.

Any help would be greatly appreciated


cuttlefish's picture

There is a trick to making joined fonts but it really isn't too hard. It just takes a little planning up front. Le's see if I can describe it without diagrams...

Start with drawing one letter, it doesn't really matter which one too much, so long as it has the trailing joining stroke. In a Latin cursive font, this will end at the same level for all but the b, o, v, and w, and those will need special attention later.

Once you have your letter, set your right sidebearing inside the end of the joining stroke (a negative value. Now copy and paste the letter to the guide layer and position it so the joining stroke protrudes through the left sidebearing by the same amount. Set horizontal guides at the level the stroke penetrates and at its lowest and highest points.

Now, adjust the left sidebearing of the letter so the overlap with the joining stroke on the guide layer is enough for a smooth transition.

This should give you enough to go on for most of the rest of the font.

rainskilove's picture

Thats great, thank you so much.

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