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Jun 02, 2010 at 01:53

Does anyone know a place/website where I can create a font for free? I want to create a font from a friend's handwriting and all the places that I've tried want me to pay to ue the font. If you know of anything, please let me know.


Jun 02, 2010 at 16:46

Type light is free.


Jun 02, 2010 at 17:44

have a look to the tools section, some are listed : http://www.dafont.com/soft.php#3
and the one test_record is talking meust be this one : http://cr8.netfirms.com/typelight.html
and the only site i know that do it for you is http://www.yourfonts.com/ but it's not free (~10 bucks)
edit: i found one that charges 7,29 : http://www.quantumenterprises.co.uk/handwritingfonts/

Edited on Jun 02, 2010 at 17:49 by vinz


Jun 02, 2010 at 21:46

Good thinking, make it yourself.

Have a look at High-Logic. Scanahand maybe your solution for making a handwriting font. It will stop after the trial period but as you want only one that should not be a problem. Not happy with the result? Give Font Creator a try. A bit more complex but with much better results. Also here, the trial period is long enough.

There is one risk involved, having made one font may quickly lead you to want to make more ... and more ... and more ...


Jun 03, 2010 at 07:18

koeiekat said  (view post)
Good thinking, make it yourself.

Have a look at High-Logic. Scanahand maybe your solution for making a handwriting font. It will stop after the trial period but as you want only one that should not be a problem. Not happy with the result? Give Font Creator a try. A bit more complex but with much better results. Also here, the trial period is long enough.

There is one risk involved, having made one font may quickly lead you to want to make more ... and more ... and more ...

koeiekat owns stock in High-Logic, which is why he's always shilling their software


Jun 03, 2010 at 10:00

Can't blame you for thinking that Bob, wish it was true.

There is little doubt that FontLab is a more professional program for making fonts than Font Creator. But it comes at a prize and there is no trial. Thus, if someone wants to make just one, two, three fonts without having to buy the software needed there is but one solution: the High-Logic fully functional trials.


Jun 03, 2010 at 11:18

The demo versions of FontLab products are somewhat less user friendly. They distort every other glyph.


Jul 03, 2010 at 06:17

I hate FontLab and FontCreator newer. I prefer Inkscape and FontForge.


Jul 03, 2010 at 14:50

I use FontLab so that I can make complex kerning pairs. I think FontLab is the only font creator program that currently allows you to save as an .otf as well (could be wrong about that).

-- J


Jul 04, 2010 at 00:16

True, Font Creator does not allow to save as OTF. So if you want to make a font with a lot of alternatives and ligatures Font Creator is not for you. The question is, why make those fonts with a lot of alternatives and ligatures when there are only 3, 4 programs that can actually use those features?
Or are you living in the same country as I do where every 9 years old has the complete professional Adobe suite on it's PC - be it a cracked copy?


Jul 04, 2010 at 06:00

I try to make professional fonts for professional people.

You need not apply koelekat.


Jul 04, 2010 at 16:08

True for you - and others - Jason. But maybe not for Margo who was asking for a freebee. FontLab is everything great ... but not exactly a freebee. Thus her best option for just one font was and still is Font Creator's trial.


Jul 05, 2010 at 08:04

Agreed, I was merely jumping in on where the conversation had gone to, which was you and a few others talking about FontLab for some reason.


Jul 05, 2010 at 09:10

Jason, FontLab is a company, not a piece of software. when you mention FontLab, I think you mean Studio5, (or Studio4). I use ScanFont 3.13, which is also from FontLab, but it is a very different app. FontLab also makes BifFonter, (which I wouldn't recommend to anyone), and the New ScanFont5, which is a plug-in for Studio5. The .vfb project files from ScanFont can be imported into Studio5.


Jul 05, 2010 at 09:26

And you forget Fontographer (formerly a macromedia software) wich is "cheaper" than fontlab (399$ is not what i call cheap but in regards of the 649$ of Studio5...) but still a really good tool.
Anyway, to forge your hand to type creation pick the Font Creator's trial, it's a good compromise.


Jul 05, 2010 at 14:47

Yeah, I started out using Fontographer, but fell in love with FontLab. I just call it FontLab, because I'm pretty sure everyone else in this thread was already doing the same.

I'm still on FontLab 4.1 Saving up to buy Studio 5+

-- J


Jul 29, 2012 at 16:05

Made a comment yesterday that doesn't seem to have made it through the maintenance. If anyone is still wondering, you can have a font made easily from your handwriting for free at www.FontPanda.com and they'll add it to their site for others to enjoy too (for free, of course). So it's not great if you want to keep your font to yourself but if you're just wanting to experiment without shelling out any cash, it's a good option.


Jul 29, 2012 at 21:55

@fontpanda, I like this changed post much better than yesterday's one. Thanks .


Jul 29, 2012 at 23:18

@koeiekat, I think you were right. The comment needed some more details about FontPanda.com. Thanks for your feedback though. Also not sure why the FAQ wasn't working for you cause it's been fine for me. Anyway, cheers!


Aug 13, 2012 at 22:21

Is fontstruct.com illegal?
Why is no one mentioning it?
If it is illegal, do tell me.
I was thinking of recommending it to someone.



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