Which software for bitmap font design?

dan_reynolds's picture

I'd like to begin working on a bitmap face design. I'm not sure, though how one does that (the technics, I mean). When I design "normal" typefaces, I usually draw vector letters in Illustrator, and then import them into Fontographer.

What is different with totally-bitmap designs? Are the letters first drawn in photoshop, and then imported into FontLab? Or are they drawn in FontLab directly? What about this grey-pixel stuff? From what I've read recently in these forums, I gather that they are actually vector drawings, made to look like bitmaps but with varying shades of grey? This can't be done in FOG, can it?

I have FOG, and can access FontLab via school and work. I haven't ever used FontLab, though.


hrant's picture

First, read my second post in this thread
to understand the different kinds of bitmap fonts you can make.

Practically, you'll probably be making pixelfonts: outline fonts that snap to the "intended" grid at one point size. You can make these with any old app. Just watch the "pixel" corners.

Grayscale pixelfonts: contact ultrafonts.com. But be warned: it's really a very different animal.


Syndicate content Syndicate content