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Creating Basic Fonts with FontForge Course

7.5hrs (84 Lessons) 2011-12-08

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In this course, James Street shows you how to create basic fonts using the world's most powerful free and open source Unix-based font editor: FontForge. This course is designed from the ground up to be an entry point into Font Design, providing background design information for anyone wishing to take up the practice. James provides instruction on font anatomy, characteristics, and general design tips as well as a beginner friendly introduction to FontForge. The interface, workflow, and tools of FontForge are covered to help make sense of the mysterious art of font creation. The course leverages FontForge and related tools in conjunction with three different methods that can be used to create consistent and reliable fonts. The course also covers potential options for installing this powerful Unix-based tool on Mac and Windows systems. To begin learning today, simply click on the movie links!

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  • Course: Creating Basic Fonts with FontForge
  • Author: James Street
  • SKU: 34282
  • ISBN: 978-1-61866-023-7
  • Work Files: Yes
  • Captions: No
  • Subject: Graphics & Page Layout
  • The first 3 chapters of courses are available to play for FREE (first chapter only for QuickStart! and MasterClass! courses). Just click on the movie link to play a lesson.
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About the Course

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Target Audience (01:17)

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Course Overview (03:53)

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About FontForge
About FontForge (04:49)

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Other Tools (05:24)

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Font Basics
Introduction (03:08)

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Typeface Basics (05:39)

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Anatomy pt. 1 (06:26)

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Anatomy pt. 2 (06:30)

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Parts (02:30)

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Hybrid (01:51)

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Decisions (02:59)

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Installing Your Toolset
Introduction (04:33)

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Interface Fundamentals
Introduction (00:57)

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Tools pt. 4 (05:46)

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Tools pt. 5 (06:28)

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Saving (02:54)

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Consistency (03:03)

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How to Create a Font: Parts

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Conclusion (03:01)

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How to Create a Font: Outlined Paths
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Modification (07:02)

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Conclusion (01:52)

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How to Create a Font: Hybrid
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Refining & Generating Fonts
Introduction (01:34)

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