FontCreator - Tutorials


Designing fonts is by no means an easy task. These tutorials will explain both basic and advanced topics and help you make fonts fast and easy.

Quick Start Tutorial - How to make fonts

This tutorial is part of the user manual and is probably the quickest way to introduce yourself to FontCreator.

Video tutorials

A list of several video tutorials made by FontCreator users. Ranging from very simple tutorials to create your first font to advanced tasks like editing OpenType Features and adding Kerning to your font.

My First Font - How to Make a Font Based on your Handwriting

This tutorial is part of the user manual and is probably the quickest way to introduce yourself to FontCreator.

Import Images the Right Way (Size Does Matter!)

After importing an image you might come to the conclusion your glyph either lacks quality (e.g. not enough points) or has too much detail (e.g. contains too many points). In this tutorial you'll find some recommendations that will lead to better import results.

Reducing Nodes to Smooth Glyphs

An excellent article about how to clean up a glyph that contains too many points.

Turn your own Handwriting into a Font

Another tutorial about making your own font with FontCreator. This tutorial also includes solutions to common problems that might arise.

Insert Characters Feature

Another tutorial about making your own font with FontCreator. This tutorial also includes solutions to common problems that might arise.

Complete Composites (Standard and Professional Edition only)

Complete Composites (in conjunction with Insert Characters) allows you to add a wide range of accented characters to an existing font within minutes. This tutorial also refers to a PDF document that describes the internals of the CompleteComposites.XML data structure.

Using Glyph Transformations (Standard and Professional Edition only)

This PDF document gives advise for working with the following transformation scripts: Small Capitals, Old Style Figures, Petite Capitals, Italic and Oblique, Eastern Europe, Greek, Vietnamese, Outline or Hollow, Maths Symbol and Symbol, Condensed Thin, Bold, Superscripts, Subscripts, Thin with High Contrast, Ligature Collection, Low Profile Diacritics, Stacking Diacritics, Spaces, Nut Fractions, and Letter-like Symbols.

Working with Transformations (Standard and Professional Edition only)

A great tutorial about making new typestyles (italic, bold, hollow, condensed, etc) from existing fonts.

Supplementary Planes

This tutorial explains how to add characters defined in the Supplementary Planes to an existing font.

Quadratic (TrueType) versus Cubic (Type 1) Bezier Curves

Learn more about the way glyph outlines are constructed.

Circle Secrets & Warning Points

Ever wondered where to place points to accomplish a perfect circle?

Adding Æ and æ to Fonts

If a font lacks these characters, adding them is not difficult with FontCreator.

Adding the Euro to your Fonts (Standard and Professional Edition only)

An intresting tutorial that explains how to design a Euro character that is consistent with the other characters of the font. The tutorial shows how to use both Complete Composites and Join Contours to meet this goal.

An all-on-one-page illustration of Panose

This illustration is made by Alan Bernard Hughes and is (partially) based on the PANOSE posts from Dave Crosby