By David Bergsland
For the joys of it!
When I acquired the chance to return to my roots, and notice what the recent Fontographer was once like, i used to be a bit involved. I had simply spent 9 years painfully educating myself to letterspace via hand, to jot down OpenType positive factors, and to develop into familiar with the device set of FontLab. Don’t get me flawed, FontLab is a brilliant software and i'm thankful for what i've got discovered. There are nonetheless a couple of positive aspects of FontLab that, as a certified font clothier, i will not do with no. yet i used to be taken via surprise.
Fontographer introduced the joys back!
It continues to be a similar extraordinary application with which I first discovered to layout fonts. The drawing interface remains to be fresh, transparent, and stylish. I nonetheless works the best way i've got discovered to paintings over the last twenty years of electronic picture layout. i discovered natural pleasure in drawing back. Fontographer is an excellent drawing event. it's been a true pleasure to event that enjoyable back. After approximately a decade in FontLab, font layout is enjoyable again.
To quote from the book:
“Fontographer is an program which appeals to skilled images designers with a history in PostScript representation… the vast majority of designers operating within the mid-1990s had a replica of Fontographer…and every body most likely used it [at least a little].
Fontographer had [and nonetheless has] a different and intuitive set of drawing instruments that let amateurs of that period to go into the realm of font layout. I’m conversing amateurs within the feel that John Baskerville thought of himself an amateur—as I additionally contemplate myself, although i'm in no way in Baskerville’s league. For me, font layout is a cherished sideline with which I indulge myself. It’s develop into a valuable device i exploit in my present trade—book writing, designing, and production.”
Who is that this booklet written for?
Fontographer is an program which appeals to skilled portraits designers with a heritage in PostScript illustration—especially people with (Altsys, Aldus, or Macromedia) FreeHand adventure from model 7 and previous. This vector drawing software set the normal for ease of use and innovation within the early days of electronic layout. The close to majority of designers operating within the mid-1990s had a duplicate of Fontographer. It got here unfastened with the FreeHand portraits Studio first published in 1995—and greater than 50,000 designers used Fontographer due to it [at least a little].
Fontographer had [and nonetheless has] a distinct and intuitive set of drawing instruments that permit amateurs of that period to go into the realm of font layout. I’m speaking amateurs within the experience that John Baskerville thought of himself an amateur—as I additionally examine myself, even though i'm on no account in Baskerville’s league. For me, font layout is a liked sideline with which I indulge myself. It’s develop into a precious instrument i exploit in my present trade—book writing, designing, and production.
What approximately more youthful designers?
There are a few difficulties.
First are the particular drawing talents required.
The excellent news here's that Fontographer is simple to benefit and speedy to realize. Its drawing instruments might be extra for your artistic repertoire in a number of weeks. this is often very true for easy designs like sans serif fonts. but when you're employed demanding you could draw virtually any form of font as the real letter shapes are rather simple.
The challenge is obvious within the sophistication of these basic shapes. A circle or some degree doesn't cease on the size traces yet is going just a little past them to provide these optical alterations that are completely necessary to make those uncomplicated shapes line up alongside the traces of letters and phrases that make up a sentence, paragraph, and column of style. notwithstanding many twenty first century designers seem to ruin the outdated principles, we typographers recognize that the particular visual appeal of freedom from antiquated ideas is particularly tricky to accomplish whereas holding the clarity which content material calls for for communication.
Then there is typography...
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Fontographer: Practical Font Design for Graphic Designers by David Bergsland