This is, roughly, the procedure by which I would like to create a font:
1) Draw the characters using pen and paper. 2) Scan in the handwritten characters. 3) Possibly separate out the individual glyphs using graphics software. 4) Convert each of these glyphs to lines and/or curves of zero, or near-zero, width. Possibly unnecessary, if I use a sufficiently thin pen in Step 1. 5) "Clean up" the result of Step 4. For example, the numeral 7 would be made to consist only of straight lines; the numeral 0 would be made symmetrical, though not necessarily a perfect ellipse; and so forth. 6) Add different amounts of "thickness" to the result of Step 5, giving different weights of font. 7) For the italics, go back and do the same thing over again, this time in what can best be described as cursive minus joiners.
What I am trying to do, really, is create a font (or family of fonts) based on my handwriting. I certainly do not intend the characters to have a "handwritten" look to them.
To make things clear:
The subtraction below this text is a sample of my handwriting. Just as many typefaces imitate handwriting, my handwriting appears (on a good day, at least) to imitate a typeface. My goal is to (re)construct that typeface.
How would I go about doing this? Is Type 3.2 up to the task? (If not, I intend to put in a feature request.)
Post by Allan Murray on Mar 10, 2014 3:44:03 GMT -5
Making a scanned font of your handwriting look 'non handwriting' would depend upon how much editing you do in step 5. There is no tool that can do that automatically, though there are tools (touch-up make smooth, make straight etc) that can be used to assist.
A better option may be to insert your graphics as a temporary background image (view/background image/insert) that you can trace over manually using the drawing tools. That way you can draw an ellipse to fit your handwriting 'O' etc.