starting a font type project

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Hello everyone,

I am really glad to be part of this forum and I know I will learn a whole lot from everyone which is the major reason why I joined...to learn.

I am new to making fonts and I'll like you guyz to please forgive me if my questions are kinna frustrating...anyways...I'll try to make them reasonable...

I have some questions to ask and will be glad to read from somebody soon...

1. As a font artiste how do I start a project (I mean how do I start designing a set of fonts and glyphs). I think there has to be some sketches on paper of alphabets/characters, numerals and glyphs before drawing begins on my computer.

I know there are some pros In this forum, can you please share some beginning tips with me...

2. I am still not clear on the differences between characters and glyphs...can someone please break it down for me.

3. Let's say I want to create an EPS file for a set of alphabets in Illustrator to be used in Fontlab (my preferred font-making and editing application), does this mean an eps file will be for an alphabet and 26 eps files for the 26 alphabets.

If yes, cant I have them in a single illustrator file.

Regards,
'kk'

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In simplest terms, a character is the smallest, basic piece of an alphabet: a letter. Glyphs are the various visible forms that letter can take.

Example character: lowercase 'a'.
Example glyphs: lowercase 'a', small cap 'a', alternate/swash 'a'.

So: many glyphs can represent one character. Also, one glyph can contain more than one character, as in a ligature.

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Joined: 2 Nov 2007 - 6:03am
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Hello kk, welcome to the forum:)

I don't know anything about making fonts, but as a designer I can say sketching out your ideas and concepts is the first step (as it is with most projects).

To learn about characters and glyphs check out this [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typeface|Wikipedia page]]. You can learn a lot by just doing a Google search for your questions. This is how I taught myself to use Photoshop; I just searched for tutorials and articles on the program.

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Joined: 6 Nov 2007 - 2:15am
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mmph! thank you guyz...I'll check the wiki page and see if I can find anything interesting...I guess I should...