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Design your own hand-drawn font

You don't have to be a top typographer to create a customised font. Grab a pen and paper and away you go.

Ever fancied designing your own set of letters and making an OpenType font out of it? Using just a pen and paper, we show you how to create your own dotted font, which you can then turn into a digital format with the help of Photoshop and FontLab Studio.

We begin in Part 1 by explaining what's important when you draw your letters on paper, and what is the best scan format for importing the type into your font software. Part 2 of the tutorial explains how to set up and autotrace your letters with the help of FontLab, and also shows you what to look out for when you optimise the autotraced images.

In the final part of the tutorial, we give you a simple guide to setting up the spacing of your font and then letting FontLab do all the hard work. You can complete this quick guide to creating a custom font set by exporting it into the OpenType format.

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