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Dave Crosby
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Post by Dave Crosby » Tue Feb 12, 2008 1:47 pm

There is a new product from High-Logic blowing the Font Creation world around. It is named:

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I was lucky enough to be selected as a Beta Tester.
I downloaded and started the program; Image

and (Step 1) printed out the template after selecting Tools > Options a light green Baseline
and yellow lines for Capheight, x-line, and Descender.

Disclaimer:
I'm an old guy with shaky hands that NEVER had great handwriting.
Because of spacing and connecting points, Flowing Scripts are hard to make even with expensive programs,
but I decided to try one anyway.

To make a short story long, I (Step 2) filled in the template using a Pilot Neo-Gel pen and ran it through my scanner.

You can barely see the green and yellow lines.
That is good, because it keeps them from becoming a part of your characters.

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and (Step 3) pressed the Generate Button.
Wow! It was like watching a ticker tape move across the monitor as my font was created.

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Within 5 minutes I had a fully functioning font I could save to my Windows Font Folder and use with my word processor!
Even with my shaky hand the results are better than my "normal" handwriting EVERY TIME!

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BUT, then after saving it, I pressed the last button in the Generate line above.
Just like that I was editing the line spacing using FontCreator. Here are the results after just a few minutes.

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Then after a little more cleanup I made a Bold version so it is now a two member Font Family:

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You can download them here:
DaveScript55
DaveScript55B

This is by far the fastest (under a half hour) I have ever produced a new font that I can be proud of.

This inspired changes in Yolanda, another font I'm working on.

Thanks Erwin for another product in Fine Fonting!
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Post by Radioflyer » Mon Jul 14, 2008 12:58 am

Cool.

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