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New Font from pdf copy & paste

Posted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:55 am
by halaywi
I want to create a new font of an ancient script that does not have Unicode codes. I have the glyphs from copying them from ancient writings and converting them into jpg and pdf characters. Is there a way I can make them into a new font by copying and pasting them into the program? I am not artistic so I cannot draw them well on my own to thereby make the font. Any suggestions? Thanks!

Re: New Font from pdf copy & paste

Posted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:04 am
by Bhikkhu Pesala
If you save each glyph as a PDF and name them in the correct alphabetical order, you can just drag them from Windows Explorer, and drop them into a blank new font, e.g. dropping them onto the A glyph in the glyph overview to fill glyphs A-Z.

You will, no doubt, then have to adjust the size and position of each glyph. Adjust the import options, undo the import, and try again, until you're happy with the scale and position factors.
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Re: New Font from pdf copy & paste

Posted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:07 am
by Erwin Denissen
Sure, you can copy and paste, and even drag and drop from Windows file explorer to FontCreator. Please be aware FontCreator allows you to import both raster and vector based images, but comes with some restrictions:

To import raster based images, you need to have them as bitmap, jpg or png.
For vector based images it supports ai, eps and pdf.

If there are no Unicode code points for your characters, then you either use the private use area or misuse existing character slots.

Re: New Font from pdf copy & paste

Posted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:14 pm
by halaywi
I tried to paste a jpg version of a glyph as you desscribe and the raster image came out flipped with no way to flip it over. I also tried to copy and paste a pdf glyph but it would not paste.