I read a lot of Fantasy. So much, that I have gained a love of scripts and such.
By scripts I mean to say fake languages: those written, spoken, and described therein. By such, I mean the cultures they are from.
Constructed Languages are something that I have great intrest in. I think it is because a language is so vital to community; No one has not used one (That’s reading this, at least.) But I digress.
I’ve had occasion to design some fonts for a few scripts that I would like to use. But learning to make fonts on Linux is an art which could do with some more guidelines.
Once You’ve scanned in Your font’s main characters:
- You need them all cleaned up and cut apart.
- You need to convert them to vector paths.
- You need adjust kerning and make the font.
- You need to test it on Your system, too.
I won’t make a tutorial right now, instead I will just point You to the tools.
- For this, GIMP 2.0 will work just fine.
- Vectors are the mainstay of Inkscape.
- You’ll put it all together in Fontforge.
- To add it to Your system: fontconfig.
The next part of this series will be here when I’ve completed writing it all out. It covers using GIMP to prepare Your font’s main images for Inkscape use.