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Build a Better Font: An In-Depth Guide To Creating Fonts

Jamie Bartlett, Graphic designer and left-handed letterer

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16 Videos (1h 30m)
    • Course Trailer

      1:26
    • Design Considerations

      2:40
    • Sketching Your Font

      8:44
    • Refining Your Sketches

      2:41
    • Image Trace Test

      4:51
    • Tracing With The Pen Tool

      7:27
    • Tracing With Image Trace

      2:39
    • Positioning And Scaling

      9:56
    • From Illustrator To Glyphs Mini

      7:44
    • Spacing Groups

      10:27
    • Powerful Features of Glyphs Mini

      4:11
    • Testing Your Spacing

      5:58
    • Adding And Removing Glyphs

      2:39
    • Kerning

      14:32
    • Testing Your Font

      3:05
    • Thank You!

      0:30
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About This Class

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For this class I’m teaming up with my husband and fellow skillshare teacher, Jake Bartlett to give you an in-depth guide on how to create a professional font. This is something we love doing together and wanted to share our process with you. I’ll start by getting your thinking about your own font design, then we’ll grab our sketchbook or tablet and draw out our characters, make any revisions so that all our letters look cohesive, then go into Illustrator to get them ready to turn into a font.

Once the characters are vector, Jake will get into the nitty gritty of making your font function properly with Glyphs Mini. If you don’t have Glyphs Mini, don’t worry you can download a free 30-day trial. Glyphs Mini is an incredibly powerful tool that makes the process of converting your vector illustrations into a working font extremely easy. Jake will show you how to get your charters into Glyphs, correctly space and kern your font, and then test and refine until it’s a perfect font ready to use, sell or share with friends.

Let’s jump in and get started! I can’t wait to see the font you create!

23 of 24 students recommendSee All

One of the best courses on making fonts out there! I learned a lot.
Super informative class!! Definitely learned some new tips and tricks for using Glyphs, which I'm excited to make use of in my next fonts. Thanks for another great class!!
Allison Richardson

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Jamie Bartlett

Graphic designer and left-handed letterer

Jamie Bartlett is a graphic designer and left-handed letterer working out of Denver, CO. She graduated from John Brown University with a degree in Graphic Design and now runs a shop for her hand lettered designs and fonts. Her work reflects everything she loves in life: a good cup of coffee, nerdy design terms, tandem bikes, road trips, and so much more.

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