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Digitising a bespoke font

Typography used to be a specialised occupation, but the digital age opened the discipline up to new generations of designers and lay users. FontLab has opened the field up even further by putting powerful font-making tools at everybody's fingertips. In the following tutorial, I'm going to show you how to take your typeface design from a sketch to appearing in your favourite application's font menu.

In a standard Roman typeface there are about 256 characters. How many you create is up to you, and you can always add more at a later date. Please keep in mind that this is not a 'font design' tutorial but a crash course in getting operational. To keep it basic, I am using a block font with minimal descending characters. Note that while this tutorial is aimed at Mac users, the process is very similar if you're running Windows.

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