How would I go about creating my own font?

I can't find the 'perfect' font for a particular logo.  How would I go about creating my own?

I have Illustrator and Photoshop.

Assuming I could create a set of alphabetic characters, would I be able to use them via Photoshop in the same way other PS fonts work?

thanks,

Paz

Illustrator and Photoshop are not enough. You need a font editing tool, such as FontLab Studio, FontForge, Fontographer, TypeTool, or Glyphs. They range in price from open source (free) to $600+. They allow you to turn a "set of alphabetic characters" into a font, and help with creating those glyphs.

But having the software isn't the same as knowing what to do with it, any more than having Photoshop makes you a photographer. Your question is kind of like saying you can't find a good piece of music to have playing at your wedding reception, so how do you go about creating a symphony? Or you don't like the chair you've been sitting in, so how do you create a replacement? It's not that these things are impossible to learn, but the relevant skills are a substantial investment of time and energy.

My serious answer would be study on your own for a year or so, and apply to the appropriate Master's degree program at the University of Reading (UK), or the Royal Academy in the Hague. Or the new program just starting up in Buenos Aires.

Cheers,

T

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Re: How would I go about creating my own font?

HEY PAZ!!!!

Just for the record---- No backhanded comments will be coming out of my post

with that being said,

all I did was:

1. write out the words, and letters I needed for my project,

2. used an app called "genius scan" and scanned(took a picture) of the words, and emailed myself that document in pdf form.

3. I opened that PDF in illustrator, then used image trace

4. I clicked Expand, and VOILA~ paths, and points galore

I hope this helped, or at least made sense.

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Re: How would I go about creating my own font?

My issue is that I am not trying to make a font using any typical alphabet. I have already designed my "font" in Photoshop (it's a code I've been writing in by hand that began in high school, 20 years ago, I can now read & write it fluently), but think of it more as symbols or wingdings. Now, all I need is to bring them to life as an actual font. Is there a free online tool where I can upload each image to make this happen?

I recently became disabled and can no longer handwrite. I'd really like to get this going. Please, no snarky responses!

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Re: How would I go about creating my own font?

I think Fontself is what you need. The Illustrator plug-in is already available, but the Photoshop version is not.

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Re: How would I go about creating my own font?

Seriously check out _Frans and MiguelSousa's solution, FontSelf. It now supports PHOTOSHOP!!! Just installed it. Good luck!

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