Create a pattern font

Ever fancied designing your own pattern and making an OpenType font out of it? It's a quick and effective way of adding decorative detail to any project. We show you how to create a simple pattern in Illustrator and turn it into a colourful font with the help of FontLab Studio.

We begin by explaining what's important when creating a pattern and show you how to prepare it for FontLab. Part 2 of the tutorial explains how to set up and modify your pattern in FontLab and also warns you what to look out for when you optimise the vectors. In the final part of our guide, we show you how to use your font in an application like Illustrator. You will end up with a multicoloured pattern which you can use as an eye-catching background in your designs, as wrapping paper or even as a new choice for your home wallpaper.

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