7 Tools to Create Your Own Typography
Create your own typography? By hand it’s easy, you just have to trace the letters, scan them one by one, … Yeah, well, okay, for computer use it might not be that simple. Unless you rely on tools dedicated especially to the creation of typefaces. There are a number of them, more or less easy to use. We have listed a few for you!
I spoke to you in the introduction about letters drawn by hand… You will be able to continue in this way, thanks to FontSelf. It is a plug-in to integrate into Photoshop or Illustrator. It starts from your letterings made on this software to transform them into fonts.
FontStruct allows you to create letters by inserting geometric shapes into a grid. You can thus define the thickness of the letters, their curves, their orientations... The construction looks a bit like a new generation Lego set. But it is very simple and practical to set up. As well as fun: you will very easily click on a point on the grid to see how your letter transforms!
With BirdFont, you can easily create exportable typographies in .TTF, .OTF and .SVG. They can be monochrome or not, straight or handwritten ...
Fortunately, this free software allows many variations and is constantly evolving to better adapt to the demands of its users.
FontForge is one of the best known and most complete software for creating typography. You will be able to work on everything down to the millimetre, for truly personalized fonts produced in different formats: OpenType, TrueType, SVG, and bitmap among others.
5. Glyphr Studio
Glyphr allows you to import and export elements (and letters) in Open Type, True Type, and SVG formats. To make your work easier, you can use common shapes from letter to letter (for example, the circle of o, g, b ...).
This tool is based on a simple and elegant presentation, to make work more enjoyable.
Thanks to FrontArk, you will be able to quickly create custom fonts. To save your working time on your letters, you can select multiple characters and apply edits to them with just one click.
BitFontMaker2 always assumes a grid to form your letters. You can start from a template or from scratch.
Customization options are more limited than for other tools, and some formats may appear rasterized in large format.
But BitFontMaker runs perfectly in your browser and is very easy to get started with creating typography. Once satisfied, you will be able to export your created fonts in TTF format and make the most interesting logo design.
Most of these tools are free or at a limited price. This allows you to use them whatever your budget. There are others paid, and sometimes very expensive, unfortunately, but the ones on this list should be enough for you, at least for a good start. You can also learn about the best and the worst typefaces on the web!