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Lesley Prince
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Working on a new font

Post by Lesley Prince » Thu Jan 28, 2010 3:24 pm

I am working on a new font called Erasmus for use in historically linked designs. So far I have finished the preliminary elements for the lowercase letters, but I'm not sure if it works. I have attached a jpeg showing the letters and highlighting the aspects that are bothering me. If anyone feels able and willing to do so, I would be very grateful for any feedback, critique and comments.
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Lesley Prince
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This is a low res jpeg showing current progress and highlighted issues.
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Re: Working on a new font

Post by Dave Crosby » Thu Jan 28, 2010 5:56 pm

Hi Lesley,

It looks good to me, but remember Perfect is a matter of opinion, and some people will never accept someone else's ideas.

Try using Comparison (Open glyph editing window, F11 or select View / Toolbars / Comparison) and scroll through the characters to see where Bearings or points need to be moved to suit YOU.
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Re: Working on a new font

Post by Jowaco » Thu Jan 28, 2010 7:03 pm

This looks like a very interesting, lovely typeface in the making. Look at Pia Frauss's fonts. Use the Search function and her fonts were shown, and could be downloaded from, the Gallery Forum once upon a time, but I haven't looked recently.

Are you planning to join up the glyphs in the text ensuing (i.e. is it a cursive font)?


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Re: Working on a new font

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Thu Jan 28, 2010 7:08 pm

I think it would work better if fully joined up like Ancestry script:
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However, there is no rule that says it must be joined:
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See Dave's tutorial on Joining Flowing Scripts

Some nice archaic scripts by Pia Frauss can be found on her site.
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