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Tutorial: Creating fonts in Illustrator and Fontlab – Part 1 from Go Media on Vimeo

This video is a brief introduction into how to prepare a font you design in Adobe Illustrator for Fontlab. Fontlab is the program of choice for building and managing fonts. There are a few steps that you need to do to prepare your illustrations to work within Fontlab but I tried to show you the most basic way to work in Fontlab.

Later on I will be creating far more extensive videos that will teach you much more that you can do within Fontlab. At Go Media we are going to start sharing video tutorials of how we do some cool tricks and tips on how to work better in creative software.

I have never done a video tutorial before so your feedback is greatly appreciated! Please let me know what you think and how I can improve!

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  • Ted

    WOW!!!!!!!!! That was a geat Tut! It is very useful!

    Thank You!!! =]

  • Ted

    WOW!!!!!!!!! That was a geat Tut! It is very useful!

    Thank You!!! =]

  • Mary

    Hello guys,

    I have a question: Why does it say the tutorial was created by Jeff if it was actually created by Katie?

    Thanks you

  • Mary

    Hello guys,

    I have a question: Why does it say the tutorial was created by Jeff if it was actually created by Katie?

    Thanks you

  • http://www.jacorre.com Jacorre

    Good tutorial, have a question about the initial size of the document? Is there a specific size the document should start out as when creating fonts? Thanks!

  • http://www.jacorre.com Jacorre

    Good tutorial, have a question about the initial size of the document? Is there a specific size the document should start out as when creating fonts? Thanks!

  • http://www.richnosworthy.com rich

    Another great tutorial! Been wanting to learn how to do this for a while, thanks gomedia

  • http://www.richnosworthy.com rich

    Another great tutorial! Been wanting to learn how to do this for a while, thanks gomedia

  • http://www.richnosworthy.com rich

    ps i love the new video based tutorials, keep em coming!

  • http://www.richnosworthy.com rich

    ps i love the new video based tutorials, keep em coming!

  • http://www.gomedia.us katie

    I would say that if you make the font about 900 points in width that would be best. Rule of thumb is the larger you create the font the less it will be messed up when you bring it into fontlab.

  • http://www.gomedia.us katie

    I would say that if you make the font about 900 points in width that would be best. Rule of thumb is the larger you create the font the less it will be messed up when you bring it into fontlab.

  • http://www.dfunkd.com/detour Detour

    That was cool. Ta.

  • http://www.dfunkd.com/detour Detour

    That was cool. Ta.

  • http://www.Myspace.com/thekapow David Botofte

    thx alot for a great tutorial :)!
    now im just having problems exporting my fonts.. i dont have a clue on how to get the to accuatly work out side of font lab.. would be great if someone created a video on that topic :)
    but thx alot Katie :)!

  • http://www.Myspace.com/thekapow David Botofte

    thx alot for a great tutorial :)!
    now im just having problems exporting my fonts.. i dont have a clue on how to get the to accuatly work out side of font lab.. would be great if someone created a video on that topic :)
    but thx alot Katie :)!

  • http://font.is Sigurdur Armannsson

    Some while ago I wrote about the same thing, how to use Illustrator to draw fonts for FontLab. See it at http://font.is/?p=48

    It is not enough to set the Rulers of Illustrator to Points. You also need to make a fine point grid. If you use that description there is no danger of distortion while copy and pasting between Illustrator and FontLab and you can copy/paste (Paste in Front when you paste from FontLab into AI) both ways as you like and the glyphs will always fit.

  • http://font.is Sigurdur Armannsson

    Some while ago I wrote about the same thing, how to use Illustrator to draw fonts for FontLab. See it at http://font.is/?p=48

    It is not enough to set the Rulers of Illustrator to Points. You also need to make a fine point grid. If you use that description there is no danger of distortion while copy and pasting between Illustrator and FontLab and you can copy/paste (Paste in Front when you paste from FontLab into AI) both ways as you like and the glyphs will always fit.

  • Matt

    Thanks for this nice work!
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  • Photoshopclippath

    gr8 job That bit was pretty impressive, thanks for posting.

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    I just love using photoshop….

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  • Benjamin Jancewicz

    Doesn’t look like anyone is replying to these, but how do you unlock the X-Height ruler?

  • Matteo Cominetti

    Thanks to you I’m now creating my first font!