Create Fonts on Your iPad in iFont in a Few Easy Steps + 3 Free Fonts | Liz Kohler Brown | Skillshare

Create Fonts on Your iPad in iFont in a Few Easy Steps + 3 Free Fonts

Liz Kohler Brown, artist | designer | teacher | author

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8 Lessons (58m)
    • 1. Create Fonts on Your iPad in a Few Easy Steps + 3 Free Fonts

    • 2. Using Fonts and Inspiration

    • 3. The Tools

    • 4. Designing a Font

    • 5. Building a Patterned Font

    • 6. Challenging Shapes

    • 7. Designing a Cursive Font

    • 8. Creating Unique Display Images

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About This Class


In this class, I'll show you how to create unique custom fonts using your iPad.  We'll cover the step by step process for creating three different styles of fonts, so that you can create any font style you can dream up.  You don’t have to have good handwriting or be good at hand lettering to create a fonts using this process!

I’ll show you:

  • easy ways to make your fonts cohesive and smooth, so you can focus on bringing your personal style to a font set.
  • how to create a simple handwriting font.
  • how to create a single patterned element, and copy it to other letters of the alphabet to create a cohesive font set
  • some interesting ways to display your font online, so if you want to offer them for sale or as a free downloads, you can create beautiful display images for your fonts.
  • how to create a cursive font by using an existing font as a template and adding your personal style to the strokes.

The amazing thing about this process is that you can start making your own fonts in only a few minutes.  You can create your own font set that you use for personal use or for your business. You could even sell your fonts, or offer them as free downloads online.  Whether you’re an artist, designer, illustrator or hobbyist, using your own fonts is a great way to add a unique, personal touch to your work.

All you need to take this class is your iPad, the iFontMaker app, and a stylus.  I’ll be using the Apple Pencil, but you could use any stylus, or even your finger.

Click here to get the iFontMaker app

Click here to see the class Pinterest board

Click here to download my fonts

Click here to find Unsplash (images free for commercial use)


1. Create Fonts on Your iPad in a Few Easy Steps + 3 Free Fonts: Hi, everyone. I'm Liz. I'm an artist, illustrator and teacher. And today I want to show you how to create unique custom bonds. Using your bad. I'll show you the step by step process for three different styles of bonds so that you can create any font style. You dream up. You don't have to have good handwriting or be good at hand lettering to create a fun. I'll show you easy ways to make your phones cohesive and smooth so you couldn't focus on bringing your personal style to a onset. First, we'll create a simple handwriting font. We'll go through all of the tools for building bonds and adjusting the letters. I'll show you how to use existing bonds as a template, so you don't have to start from scratch. Next will create a pattern block bond. I'll show you how to create a single pattern element and copy it toe. Other letters of the alphabet create a cohesive bond set. Next, we'll create a cursive font by using an existing Fonda's a template and adding your personal style to the strokes. I'll show you how to smoothly connect your letters using the adjustment tools. I'll show you some interesting ways to display your bond online, so if you want to offer them for sale or US free downloads, you can create a beautiful display image for your funds. The amazing thing about this process is that you can create your own custom bond in only a few minutes. If you love hand lettering or calligraphy, or if you're just getting started with lettering, you will love turning your lettering into your own custom pond. It only takes a few minutes, and suddenly you're lettering becomes a beautiful bond that you use on your computer and your eye. You could even sell your bonds or offer them is free downloads online. Whether you're an artist, designer, illustrator or hobbyist, using your own bonds is a great waged at a unique personal touch to your work. All you need to take this class is your iPad, a stylist and the iPhone maker app. This app is only a few dollars in the APP store, and it allows you to create an unlimited amount of bonds and share them online. So let's get started 2. Using Fonts and Inspiration: so the first thing I want to do is show you how to use the funds that you create on your iPad. You can use these in a lot of different programs, and I'll show you a couple different options for that. So you can get to the page to download my fonts through the link in the about section of the class. And if you scroll down the page and then choose a font that you want to download, you can see the text click to download the mud cloth font. So click and hold that and then click open in a new tab. Once that new tab opens, you'll see the download button. I'll click that one time and then click open in. Then you should see all of your APS that allow funds to be used. You can click more to see more APS. I'm going to use the over app. This is a free app that makes it really easy to customize your text with color, and you can easily pull this into a program like procreate, so you should see the option installation success. Click OK and then the plus symbol will let you create a new document. You can choose a colored background, or you can choose a transparent background. I'll go with transparent this time, and then you can choose a size. I'll choose the square, and then when you start typing, you'll see that it starts with whatever fun you downloaded last. So here's the mud cloth font that we just downloaded. I'll click the check symbol and then quick color to change the color click size to increase the size. You can also click style to change the spacing. So if you're doing some design work, you may have some really specific spacing needs. You can also change the horizontal spacing if you've got two different lines. So this app has a ton of different options for playing around with your fonts. So this is a great place to start. One thing I like to do when I get started with creating a font is look for some inspiration so you can look around you and find textures and patterns. But you can also go somewhere like Pinterest. I especially like to go to Pinterest to find inspiration for my display images. So once you create a font, it's nice to have something that displays the fund online so people know what they're getting when they go to downloaded. So I created a board with a lot of different display options, so I'll put a link to this in the about section of the class. You can see there are a lot of different ways to display your fund there. So many options. You can do something that's just a picture and put some bold black text over the picture. Or you could do something a little more simple, maybe just a white piece of paper and combining the text and maybe some pattern on the page . You could also do, um, or graphic design style layout. And you could easily build this in the over app with just some flat color and then some fonts over that. This is a great way to get started. When you're creating a new fund, you can go to this Pinterest board for inspiration for the font itself, but also for displaying the font. So, for example, you may know that you want to do a hand lettering font, but you don't know what kind of style you want. So if you come on here and look at 10 or 20 different styles. You may have a better idea of how you want your project to turn out, and you can see there so many different options. So it's great to start out by just scanning through the options and thinking about how you could put your personal style into some of these existing fonts. So let's go ahead and get started on our first project. 3. The Tools: So when you're ready to start your first font, click I font maker, and you'll notice that I have moved my iPad vertically. This is not an app that allows you to work horizontally, so if you usually work horizontally, this might take a little bit of adjustment to get used. Teoh. When you're ready to create your first font, click new on the top and then you'll see a lot of options here on the top. You see that you can change which letter you're working on, and you can do that by clicking on the letter. Or you can just click the next button here on the bottom or the back button here so you'll see all of the numbers and letters of the alphabet here and then a lot of symbols and a lot of language options so you can use whichever ones you want to use. You don't have to fill in every single thing. Sometimes I'll create a fund, and I don't do any of the symbols, whereas other times I dio it really just depends on your personal intention for this project. Another option you have here on the bottom is to change the base font that you're using as a guide. So if you click the T symbol here, there's a huge list of options that you can use that come with, I font. But you can also download other fonts to use in this program. So let's say, for example, you have a really specific font that you want to use as your inspiration. You can go to that fund, and I'm going to type download fonts for you for commercial use. So obviously we're not going to copy these fonts directly. We're just going to use them as inspiration. So I'm going to click this 1st 1 here. This is 1000 and one fonts. This is a really easy program to use because you can just scroll through, find a fun you like and click download. So they have, I think, 500 something pages, so there's plenty of options. Once you find a fondue you'd like, you can click the download button right beside it, and then it will open up the window with the download option. Here, I'll click that one time, and then I'll click open end so you'll notice. Here. This is a zip file, so I need a program that will let me unzip this before I can put it onto my iPad. So click open end and then copy two eyes up. I use the free program eyes up, but you could use any unzipping program. So once that program opens, you'll see the option. Would you like to extract all the files? I'll click. OK, then I can click on the folder and you'll see a few different files here. You want the TTF file? That's the font file. I'll click that one time and then click open in, and then you'll see the options here for all the programs you can use it with. And I want to copy this, too. I font maker. And then it says Sample font installed successfully, and the name of this font was absent, So I'm gonna scroll up here and find it. So one thing you may run into if you use one of these downloaded fonts is that it doesn't work until you shut down your iPad and turn it back on. So something about restarting your iPad completes the installation process, so if you have any trouble with that, just do a quick restart and you should see the font there on your list. So there it is at the top, absent. So click that one time and then you can see there is that font on my list. So and again, we wouldn't want to just copy this person directly. But you can certainly use this as inspiration and just as a guide for developing your own font style. So for this one, I'm actually going to use the font of Piras. I really like the style of this fund, but I don't want to do these rough edges, so I'm going to do something kind of similar, but I'm going to change it up quite a bit. So the next option we have here, down at the bottom is the brushes. If I click that one time, I can see all of the brush options. So the 1st 1 here is just a plain straight line, and I can adjust the size over here. And one thing to note is I always make a note of what size I'm using. I've noticed that if you close I font and open it back up, sometimes thes settings like the font and the brush size don't get saved. So I always write that down, because if I get halfway through a fund and then I want to come back to it, it's not easy to remember what size you had the brush on. So that's one thing to keep in mind when you use this program just, you know, take note of everything you do as you're creating your font. The next fresh here has a wider top and a skinnier bottom, so this is almost like a kind of calligraphy style brush or a hand lettering brush. The next one is the same thing, but just a little bit more dramatic. The next one has a tapered top and bottom, and the next one has kind of a nice rough edge, and this is similar. It's a semi rough edge, but then it has a tapered bottom. You can also get straight lines. This is kind of like, um, straight polygon lines, but then you can get a perfectly straight line with this one. The next one here has an angled edge, and then you have some shape options. So if you just wanted to create a circle or some other shape here, you can use that. This one's great for making sharp corners. If you had a letter that had a sharp corner, you can use square. So we've made a lot of marks here, and I want to remove those so I can actually start working on my letter. So we have a few options for that. The 1st 1 is the scissor tool down here. If I click that one time, I can click clear and that'll clear everything I've written on this letter. Another option is to remove things individually. I'm gonna click the Arrow tool here, click on that line one time and then click delete. So if you just want to delete one or two things, that's a great tool. If you want to delete everything, just click clear. We also have stepped forward and step back buttons here, so if you want to go back to having those lines, you can click thestreet back button, and I can return the ones that I did individually, or we can step forward. Another option you'll see here is the layer option, so this layer option allows you to insert a photo so you can click photo and then go to your library. Let's say you're a person who does calligraphy. If you want to turn your calligraphy into a finds, this would be a great place to start. You can import each letter that you did on paper and then just use the photo as a guide. So if you don't want to use thes based fonts, you may want to start with a photo. Instead. I'm going to stick with the example option because I want to use this papyrus. Fonda's my base. 4. Designing a Font: so the first thing I'll do is go back to the paint brush tool here and then choose my brush . So I think I want to use this pressure today and I'm going to change the size here. And I usually just play around with a few letters to make sure it looks exactly as I wanted to before I start building the whole alphabet. So I might do like ABC and then maybe some other common letters like E. And what you can see here is, as I'm drawing this, the program is smoothing out my lines for me so you don't have to be a master hand letter or to make a font with this process, you really just need to go quickly and make sure your meeting all of your guides here. So we've got the A sender line. This will be your highest point. The baseline, your lowest point. It's okay to go beyond those because it kind of gives your lettering a little bit of bounce on the page. So there's really no rules with this. Just go with whatever fits with your personal style and play around with making some letters that you like so I'm just going to go through every letter of the alphabet here and just draw these. However I think works for each letter. So first I'm going to clear out every single test piece that I've done by dis clicking clear on each letter and again at this point now that I'm happy with all of my settings down here, I'm going to take note of this because if I close this program when I open it back up, those settings may not be saved. So that's just something to be aware of. I would go ahead and write down. I'm using papyrus. I'm using the fourth brush down at 64 on the brush size. So now I'll go ahead and do this whole process with each letter. So the 1st 1 I'm going to draw and let's say I don't like how that turned out. I have a couple different options here. I can step back or step forward. I can click the move tool and move it around. So let's say this was a little bit up like this, and you didn't like that little overlap. Just click the move tool and move it down here and then you can't see the overlap anymore, So that's one option. Another option. Same tool. The move. Tool. Click At one time you'll see these little bars that allow you to bend a line so this is really good for making subtle adjustments. So let's say you don't like that little overlap curve here. Just use the move tool to slowly shifted over and then maybe used this tool to curve a little bit. Then we can step back, clean the brush tool and take a look at how that looks. So those were just a few things you can do down here. Also, there's the move tool where you can move the whole letter, so if it's all a little bit off, you can adjust that. So take your time here, play around with whatever style works for you, and we'll pick back up when I finish my font here. - So I've gone through and worked on all of my letters, and I'm happy with most of those. But I can still go back and change them and test the whole alphabet on our next step. But for now, I'm just deciding what symbols I want to use so I'm not going to fill in all these symbols For me personally, the star symbol is not going to be very important for my use, So I'm just going to do the main ones here. But you can do this however you'd like. You may want to go through and fill in every symbol or you may not. Another thing to think about is the language options. If you want to make this available for certain languages, you may want to do, for example, the Latin accents here. So let's say you want to do some of these accents. You'll go to the letter that you want to use. Click the scissor and then click paste from a So that's gonna bring your A that you already made into here. And then you can just do your accent so you could at least you know, do the Spanish options or whatever language you use or you want to use. With this font, you can go through and choose those options. So once you're happy with how all of those letters look, you can start testing your fund when you're ready to do that, click the preview bar at the top here and then click Kern ings. Earnings is the process of adjusting the spacing between each of your letters, so I'm going to click select here. And instead of looking at single letters, I like Teoh. Look at words. I think it's easier for me to do the spacing when I'm looking at full words, so this is really easy to adjust. You can just go to each letter. If you see a little issue, just click on that letter and shifted over. And so now, every time a B appears beside a why, they'll be that exact distance. So this is setting the font for anyone who uses your font in the future. So you just want to go through and make sure nothing really stands out as being out of place or too close or too far away. You can scroll through this whole paragraph and just make some little adjustments. You can also type in your own options. So if there's something specific that you want to see, written like I might want to see art and design, then I can see what my font looks like with those exact words. So that's really the whole process for making a simple fund. Once you're happy with that, you can save your font, or you may want to go through and make some little adjustments. Maybe you don't like how these two lines meet each other. Here, I'll click my move tool Click on that line, move it in a little bit. So there's Ah less of an overlap there. And now that fixes that letter so you can see it's really easy to make thes adjustments. Once you get started with this program, you can really make a font in 10 minutes. Or you could spend three days making a font. It really just depends on your personal use for this project, so let's go ahead and save this font. So click the share button in the top here and click, configure and build font. Now you do have to be online to do this, because this programme moves the font as a saved file on their website. So you need to be connected to the Internet so that it can download the font onto their site. The first thing I'll do is just choose a name for my font. So I named my font Ivory And then you can put your name here so that your name is always attached to this font. You can also put that in the font name. Sometimes I'll put my name in the font title itself so that if this goes online and a lot of people are downloading it, your name isn't lost from the branding. Then you can choose that this is going to be public, private or Onley, something that people can look at and not download. So I'm going to leave. This is private for now because I want to download it and put it on my own website. If you put it is public, you're offering it as a download on their website. So totally up to you how you want to do that? I also always put contact here. So if you list this as public, you'd want someone to be able to contact you for commissions or for using the fonts for a special use. But if you choose private, you don't have to fill any of that in. So let's click build online and you can see here I chose a color and I chose a peach color . But you can choose black and white. That's just selecting how it's going to display on their website so it doesn't have any effect on your font itself. So then we have the options here. We can download it onto her iPad weaken, downloaded as a desktop font. I like to just click open here so I can get to the download page and then it'll automatically enter this log in information for you, and you can just click enter and then we have a display page for font. So this is private right now, no one can see this but me. So I'm kind of just using this as a storage source, and then I can click download to download it onto my I've had. I can click open in and open it and Font Maker, or I could open it in any other abscess on your iPad. So that's the simple step for creating your first font will do a slightly more complex project next, but this is a great way to get started. If you're not feeling confident with making fonts or you've really just wanted to make a handwriting font for a long time, this is a great way to get started. So let's go ahead and move on to the next project. 5. Building a Patterned Font: So for this next project, I started with a little bit of inspiration. Rather than going straight toe I font, I found this pattern pillow in Thailand, and it has this really beautiful, intricate pattern on it. So I wanted to take a piece of this and created into a font, and I may end up later going through and adding a lot of thes patterns to different fonts. But for now, I'm going to start with just this strip here. I really liked thes simple triangular shapes, and I think I'm gonna add a little bit of dot patterning to each triangle. So sometimes it can help you make a really unique fund. If you start out not looking at the font itself, but looking for some inspiration. There are so many different textures and patterns that you could pull from. So this is just one example. But you can use any pattern if you create a similar font to the one I'm making today. So I'll go ahead and open I font maker and click new. So, for this font, I'm going to start with a really thick background. So I'm going to use Theo Avenir next heavy This is a really thick font, so it's going to give me a lot of room to add my pattern. So I like to start with the I because that's going to give me a really simple space to get started with my pattern. So for this one, I'm going to use the very first brush on the list, and I'm gonna pull my brush down to a smaller size. I think I'm going to use 20. Let's see how that looks. Okay. I think that's a good size. But if you're doing a similar pattern piece, you may want to go with a slightly smaller size, depending on your pattern. So at this point, I would just make a note that I'm using 20 one as my brush size and I'm using the first brush and Avenir next heavy as my font so that if the program shuts down or I need to step away from my iPad, I have all of those settings saved somewhere. So the first thing I like to do is just start with a border and I'm gonna let this be a really hand drawn loose font. I could easily grab this line brush and make a straight line, but I don't want this to be a perfectly straight line. I wanted to be a little bit loose, so I'm going to use that first brush and let my lines be a little bit wavy. They don't have to be perfect. I can always make little adjustments by clicking the move tool and then just using those little dots to align this a little bit better. This is one thing I really love about this program. You don't have to draw your lines perfectly. You just have to take time to adjust them if you don't like how they look and you can really zoom in here and make sure these meat in a nice way. So I don't really like when there's an obvious overlap here with the lines. So I'm just gonna move this one down just a little bit so that it meets nicely with my previous line. So I'm going to spend a lot of time making this. I exactly as I want it because I can then go to all these other letters that have a straight bar and just copy my eye onto those letters. So this is probably the most important piece of my font. So I'm really going to take my time here and make this exactly as I wanted to be. Okay, so I'm happy with that square. It has a little bit of a loose feel, but it's not a perfect rectangle. And now I'm just going to go through and start adding my pattern. So I know I'm going to do a triangular pattern for this, So I'm just gonna freehand it here and let this be a little bit loose. I'm gonna add another small triangle in between these two and there. I have a little bit of an overlap, so I'm just gonna pull that line in, and you can see I'm really not trying to make this perfect. It's a little bit off, but that makes it look hand drawn. That's more like the style of the pillow that I was using as inspiration. So I'm happy with that, But I want to add some little dots here, so I'm going to go to my brush tool, click the dot and then just add those into the openings. Okay? So once you're happy with that piece, then you can start copying it to all the other letters that have a straight bar. So I'm going to click my scissor click copy all, and then I'll just start going through my alphabet and clicking paste to add that shape to any letter that has a straight up and down bar. And you can see this is a huge portion of the alphabet, So doing the I really nicely. First off, save you a lot of time. You'll notice with some of these letters that have double bars. You can grab the move tool here, move it over to this side and then click paste again. And then you can have both sides of that age with the exact same pattern. I'm also going to copy this to some letters that don't have a perfect straight up and down , because it will be really easy for me to remove some of these parts. So I just go ahead and copied us to any letter that I think I could use the whole bar or part of the bar. So that's pretty much all of the letters that I can copy. I didn't do this one because I'm actually going to make my pattern horizontal on this one. So I went through and did all the ones that I condemn finitely use and then for all of the others, I'll have to recreate the pattern. So let's start here with the B because we've already gotten started on that one. So what I would do here is just leave an open space and I'm grabbing my first brush again and making sure it's still on 21. And you can see these lines don't have to be perfect because this program just smooths out aligns for you. I don't really like exactly where that hole is, so I'm just going to move it up a little bit and down a little bit here. So this is your own font. Definitely. Make it your own. Make changes based on whatever you think Alexe best with your pattern. So I'll go through and fill in all of these pieces that we've already started. Okay, so now I filled in all the letters that I was able to use that bar for, and now I need to complete the letters that I need to make a new pattern for. So for this a. I'm going to create a similar pattern, but I'm going to do it sideways, so it's kind of going with my original theme, but it's just the diagonal version. 6. Challenging Shapes: so this one's a little more tricky because it's a circular shape, so I'm just going to make this pattern as best I can within these confines. But I probably am going to change the pattern a little bit, and that's totally fine. As long as you've got similar elements that repeat throughout the font, it's going to be cohesive. It doesn't have to be an absolutely perfect pattern on every single piece, so I'll just take some time to go through and mask out some triangles on the sea so you can see I had to break the rules of my pattern. I was putting a small triangle in every big triangle, but for these I changed that because they're a little bit smaller. So feel free to just kind of play around with ease options. It doesn't have to be exactly as you originally planned. I'm also going to copy this, see and then go to my G and paste that because now I can just add a little bit here to this piece to get my G without recreating that whole pattern again. So I'll just go to each piece That doesn't really work with my pattern and delete it with the's circular shapes. You really just have to go super slow and they may not be perfect, but you can also use that move tool to adjust it a little bit. So I'm going to copy this. Oh, quick, copy all. And take that over to my cue, because I can just add this little tail to my cue. So little shortcuts like this can save you a ton of time when you're building your font. So before I draw the bottom of this T, I'm going to look around my alphabet and see if there's anywhere else I can use it. I think I can use it with my Z. But if I went ahead and drew the bottom part of this T, I wouldn't be able to use it. So that's something to think about as you draw each letter. How could you use this in another part of your alphabet? - So now that I have finished drawing all of my letters, I'll just go through and adjust each one. There probably be a few things that I want to change or just as I'm working, so I'm just going to take my time and make some little adjustments as I see necessary. So now that I've finished making my font, I can go to back to my Kern ing section like we did before. And you can see with this one I did in all caps font. So on Lee, the capital letters are going to show here. So if you decide to do that, there's one important thing that you should do to make sure that whether someone uses lower case or over case, this Pont still works. So the way these fonts work is whatever you fill in will show up with your fund. But whatever you don't fill in will show up with the default font of that program, so you wouldn't want someone to be typing with your font. And the A is capital with your font, and then the lower case letters are like times new Roman. So to avoid that, you can go to each capital letter, click, copy all and then paste it into the lower case letter. So that way, if someone types lower case A or an upper case A, they get this same A. So this is a really important step. If you decide to do in all caps, bond. But you may want to go through and do the same process for all the lower case ones as well . If so, then you can just go ahead and start building your lower case version. But for me, what I would do for this particular font is just go through and copy and paste each upper case into the lower case slots. So once you do that, you can do the same saving process that we did for the first project to download this font . And then you can put it in the over ab like we did in the last video. Another option you can do if you go back to your preview bar here and after you play around with your Kern innings, you can click Pan Graham so Pan Graham just means every letter of the alphabet so you can click the Pan Graham to see every single letter. And then, if you click, save image. You can either save this as one long image like that, or you can click GIF animation, and that allows you to create a GIF of your font so you could do it slower If you want people to really be able to look at each letter, there's several different speeds here. You can also change your color, or you can set it to random toe. Have a different color with each letter. So once you're happy with how that gift looks, you can click share. And then you could email that to yourself. You could save it to your Dropbox, so this would be a cool thing to upload to like Facebook. If you wanted to share your father with someone, another way to share your front would be to make an image that displays your font. So I'm going to do that, using the over app so I'm going to click transparent, and then I'll choose a horizontal size here so I can fit my whole alphabet and click the check symbol to start typing. So I like to start by typing my font name at the top, and then I'll change the color to black and increase the size. And then I just want to show what each letter of the alphabet looks like. So I'll change that to black, make it a little bit smaller. So now I have a font shown really clearly and the letter shown below in a smaller size, I want to space thes out a little bit because it looks a little bit hard to read with this spacing. So click style quick space and then first will do the horizontal alignment to spread the letters of heart horizontally. And then I'll click here to do vertical alignment so that I can give them a little space on the top of bottom. So once I'm happy with that, I can click the share button saved two photos, and I like to use procreate for this step so you can add a photo background. You can add some texture, so I'll click, create custom size and then I'll make the six by two inches was to six by four inches. I'll click insert of photo. Choose my image that I just created, and if you're going to resize this, make sure magnetic is selected. So put that in the center, and then let's do another layer that has some texture, so I'll use my wash brush. If you want to pick up this brush and my other gua sha brushes, check out my class on Gua sh so I'm just going to do a few layers here to give this a little bit of like, a mud cloth texture. And then I can leave. This is black, or I can duplicate it, make the 1st 1 invisible and start playing around with some other colors so I could go to a pure white. I kind of like the look of that, and I might create another wash layer to add a little bit more contrast here so you can play around with a lot of different ways to display your font. Here, you could put a photo on the background and overlay your fund on top like we saw on the Pinder. Scored really just depends on what the style of your font is and how you want to communicate that to your viewers. So let's go ahead and call this font finished and move on to a cursive font. 7. Designing a Cursive Font: So for this next font, I want to create a cursive font. And the tricky thing about cursive fonts is that they need to connect to each other well, so you could see, for example, with this font thes two don't connect to each other, and that's an issue for using it with different programs because they don't work well together in words. So here's one that fits nicely together. And then here's one that is not yet configured to fit together. We could still adjust that one to make it fit better, but it's not yet ready to be shared and downloaded, whereas this one looks a lot better. So I'll go ahead and create a new document and then choose a cursive font. As my guide, the soldiers helped me keep my height and with correct as I make my letters so you can find a fund that's already in I found or you can download one. You can use the same process that we used in the first project to download Fonds from some Web source. And, of course, we're not going to copy this person directly. We're just gonna use their font as a guide for height and with and especially for connecting the letters. So, for example, with this A. I want the next letter to be able to come in right here and match up. So I need to make sure all of my little tales work well with the letter after it. So first I'm going to choose a size here, and I'm going to go with 48 for my size. And I'll go over this letter really loosely and you can see it's news it out for me. So I don't have to do this perfectly to make the letter look nice. So I'm keeping an eye on that tail. I really don't want that tail to curve back at all. I wanted to come straight up like this so that the next letter can meet it smoothly. If it curves at all, the next letter comes up and then you've got this weird tale that comes out from behind your second letter. So that's just something I'm going to keep in mind as I create each of these letters and you can go really slow with this and make a beautiful alphabet set. Or you could just play around with this process for the first time. This doesn't have to be a final peace. You could just use this as a project to experiment with font making. So I'm just gonna go through and quickly place some letters for the lower case and upper case of each letter of the alphabet. So now that I have all of those letters set, I can go to my preview click Kern ings, click, select and shoes this second option, and then I can scroll down here and see that these letters air not connected. So I want to adjust the letters facing here in the bottom so that these air pretty close to perfect, But it's not gonna work with every letter. So I try to just get somewhere in the middle where most letters look OK. And then we can start going to individual letters and making little tiny adjustments until every letter looks right. So it's really important to go through this whole list. I'm just going to go through and adjust each of thes and scroll down this list and make sure every combination looks good. So you can also, if you have certain words that you want to test. You can type those up here and then see with those look like on the list. So this is a great way to just make sure your fund looks perfect. I'm noticing here that the eye has this tiny little bump on the end. So I'm going to go back to my eye and redo it, and you can see if you zoom in here. Here's that little bump, and that messes up every letter that it connects to. So I'm just going to click the move tool. Delete that and do it again without the bump. And now when I go back to my Kern ing's, the spacing is still preserved. So I didn't lose anything by going back and adjusting that. So it's really worth your time to just take a minute and adjust any letters that don't look right on this page. Um, the l is another one. I'm seeing that it curves back a little bit, so I would go back and redo that L. So this is the part of the process that takes a little bit of time. So, you know, grab some coffee and take your time really going slow with this So I've already done this process with the same fund, so I'm gonna open that fund that's already complete here. So I've gone through and adjusted all of my current ings and made sure every letter connects exactly as I wanted to. And now I'm just going to save the font using the same process that we did before. 8. Creating Unique Display Images: So I click the download button, and now I'll click more to find the app that I want to use. And I'm going to use over because I want to play around with this in the over app and create a nice image to display my font. So click copy, toe over and before I create my image and over, I want to know exactly what the dimensions of the image should be. So because I'm going to use a photo for this, I'm going to start by finding the photo. So I'll open up my Web browser and go to unspool ash dot com on Slash is a great site that has tons of free images that air free for commercial use. So you can use these to display your fonds, and you don't have to credit the original creator of the image. So I've gone through and just tied flat lay and search, and I found several images that I think would be really nice to display a font. I'm looking for images that have a lot of open space and then just a little bit of some kind of decoration that would allow me to create some text around my font. So I really like this image. It's really simple, So I'm going to call my font hot cocoa and have this little marshmallow image beside it. So click download free, click and hold and save image. Now I can open over and click the plus symbol and I'll click transparent as my background because I'm just gonna put a photo on the background. And then I need to choose the size that will work well. With that photo, I'm going to go with three right for and over here I'll click image to uncertain image. And then I want to rotate the so click rotate and then just use this little bar on the side to get it perfectly straight up and down that I'm going to use my fingers to just do a little re sizing and moving. And now I can start adding my font so I'll click the check symbol, Click Font and because I just downloaded that fun, it's at the very top of the list, so I'm just going to type the name of my fund and then I'll change the size to be much larger. So it's really clear that This is a display for my fund, and I could also change the color of my text. I like how this looks with just the white, but you could change this to a brown to go with the hot cocoa theme. Then I'll click the check symbol to set that and then add in my alphabet so you can on your full alphabet there. Or you could add some other words because this fund has set up to work well as a cursive font. I might just add some words here that show how the letters connect to each other so I might put something like delicious down there winter cold things like that just to show how the fund can be used. So this is a really great way to communicate to someone how to use your fund and what kind of style your font works well with. So this image and the way that you lay out this page could be really important for getting people to notice your font online. So this would be a great image to share on Facebook or your blog's or your instagram to get people interested in your font and maybe encourage them to go download it and use it or purchase it. Whatever your plan is for the font. So I'll go ahead and call this font finished. So I hope you enjoyed this class and that you feel inspired to start creating your own bonds on your iPad. If you liked this class, you may like some of my other classes where I cover a lot more ways to design and paint on your iPad like how to create decorative and illustrative hand laddering and procreate. So check those out on my profile if you want to see more. Also, I share a lot of free downloads on my website. So if you want to get more downloads like the ones you got for this class, check out my site. I would absolutely love to see your bond, so please share what you make. You can do that here on skill share, or you can tag me on instagram or Facebook. You could either upload your display image so we could see all of your letters or if you want to share your bond, you could include a link that we could download it and try it out If you have any questions about this class? Please feel free to ask. You can contact me here on skill share by replying to my discussion. Or you can contact me through my website. Thanks so much for watching. And I'll see you again next time. Bye bye.