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LeftOne

My first font! I've wanted to create my own font for many years and finally I did it!

Yeah, the character weight is all over the place and the kerning is awful, but, Hey! I made a font!

My first several attempts at a nice hand drawn font ended rather poorly so to change things up (and because it was waaaay past bedtime) I used a wide marker and drew with my non-dominant hand. The results were much better but still not up to contemporary standards by any means. Nontheless, I pressed on since I was more interested in understanding the process of creating a font than in designing a font.

In brief, what I did was:

1 - I used a purple Chisel Tip Sharpie to draw the characters and then filled and cleaned them with a black Fine Point Sharpie. 

2 - Scanned the pages using an Epson Perfection 3000 scanner and VueScan

3 - Cleaned up the scans in Photoshop, saved out as TIF

4 - Opened the TIF files in Illustrator and traced using the defult Live Trace settings. This is where I should have spent more time tweaking the trace settings because the default setting smoothed the characters a good bit too much. Sometimes my lack of patience gets the best of me.

5 - Set up the Illustrator file per instructions, exported everything into Glyphs.

6 - Didn't RTFM. Did do something I shouldn't have. Wrecked the file. Started over. Twice.

7 - I really need to spend an evening reading the Glyphs manual and experimenting. For some reason I just can't seem to figure out how to kern the letter pairs. After several disastrous attempts, and because it was 2 a.m. and I had to be at work at 8, I gave up on the kerning and just exported the font. And it actually worked!! Sort of. But Hey!! I made my first font!!

Now that I've been through the process I can see areas that I need to work on to make the next font better. Although this font is nowhere near usable I did learn alot and am eager to start creating another.

If for some bizarre reason you want to experiment with this font you can download it here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/y132qhn232i7r3g/LeftOne-Regular.otf?dl=0

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