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Darren Fetisoff
creating custom fonts
on Mar 5, 2009 at 9:23:49 pm

hello, i'm trying to create my own typography and i forget how to create my own text within illustrator.

i need to know ASAP, so if someone could please tell me rather than ignore this post (like last time 7=) i would appreciate it.

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Richard Harrington
Re: creating custom fonts
on Mar 6, 2009 at 1:33:31 pm

You cannot create a font using illustrator.

You can create indivudal letters, but you need a program like Fontographer (

Richard M. Harrington, PMP

Author: Photoshop for Video, Understanding Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Studio On the Spot and ATS:iWork

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Craig Marshall
Re: creating custom fonts
on Mar 23, 2009 at 4:10:22 pm

As Richard said, you cannot create fonts in Illustrator. I do use it (and photoshop) to help in making fonts in FontLab Studio.

With variations, the workflow is basically:

1) Draw individual letters of new font on paper.
2) Scan and clean up in Photoshop
3) Place letter image in Illustator and create outlines
4) Import outlines to new font template in FontLab Studio. Clean up, size as necessary

This can be short circuited, you can draw directly in Illustrator, Photoshop or FontLab, but I find this gives me the greatest control and, well, it's just comfortable for me to work this way.


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