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I'm in the process of getting a business idea in motion. I work with a very talented calligrapher. Eventually, I'd like to create an online site that would sell his fonts.
Initially, in getting started, I'd like to run through the process of converting a scanned image to completed font. I'd like to get a feel for how much time will be invested into each face.
The focus is going to be hand-drawn type - this brings with it the implication that these fonts might carry a lot of edge texture with them. With this in mind, what is the best route to take?
Ideally, I'd like to vectorize each letter form, but I've heard their might be issues if letterforms get too detailed. I don't think I want to go the bitmap route. Is there any rule of them for determining if a typeface is too detailed to vectorize?
What program would be best for accomplishing this? Fontlab? Not sure what options exist? I own photoshop and illustrator, but I'm going to have to put some money out there for obtaining a font program.
To give some context to this project. I'm a graphic/web designer, been in the industry for 10 years. The guy I am working with has been at it for over 40 years. He published and known in his niche.