Altering a TTF

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Altering a TTF

Post by Michael Love » Mon Nov 02, 2015 2:28 pm

Hi,

I am completely new to this forum and altering different types of files so please excuse my ignorance.

I recently bought a computerised engraving machine and was trying to match up a few fonts I wanted to use. But unfortunately I haven't been able to find what I was looking for. However I did mange to find one very close that would take only a few tweaks to be almost the same. Now that all said I don't have any experience editing fonts, so I think I am asking literally how difficult do you think it would be?

The fonts are not colour obviously and the main structure is there, but I would have to go through upper and lower case. The machine is a Gravograph M20 J and the fonts are of course TTF.

Any thoughts and advice would be very gratefully received.

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Mike
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Re: Altering a TTF

Post by Alfred » Tue Nov 03, 2015 5:56 pm

Michael Love wrote:I recently bought an computerised engraving machine and was trying to match up a few fonts I wanted to use. But unfortunately I haven't been able to find what I was looking for. How every I did mange to find on very close that would take only a few tweak's to be almost the same. Now that all said I don't have any experience editing fonts, so I think am asking literally how difficult do you think it would be?
How long is a piece of string, Mike? It all depends on the nature and extent of the changes that you want to make, and perhaps (depending on what those changes are) which version of FontCreator you have.

The first question you need to ask yourself is whether you're actually permitted to modify your chosen font. Many commercial fonts are licensed only for use, not modification, although some font designers are quite happy for the end user to modify their fonts for personal or even commercial use, as long as the user isn't reselling the modified font itself. If in doubt, check with the designer or the vendor.
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Re: Altering a TTF

Post by Dick Pape » Wed Nov 04, 2015 7:10 am

You might simply start by asking the machine vendor if you can use external fonts, such as those which come from Microsoft. They could readily tell you of any complexities.

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Re: Altering a TTF

Post by Michael Love » Fri Nov 06, 2015 12:38 pm

Hi Guys,

Thank you so much for you replies I really appreciate it.

The more I look into changing the fonts myself, the more I realise its not for me. Like everyone else there's only so many hours in the day you can work, and I've found my limit!
So I think it would be better to try to out source someone who could do this for me (probably in more than half the time) and allow me to get on with the main job in hand.
The change of font would not infringe on any licence, and I would definitely not be selling it to anyone.

With all this in mind is there any one out there that would like to have a look at the font in question and see if they could give me a quotation for doing this?

Many thanks

Michael

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Re: Altering a TTF

Post by Alfred » Sat Nov 07, 2015 7:35 am

Please tell us the name of the font and give us some idea of the kinds of changes that are required.
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Re: Altering a TTF

Post by Michael Love » Mon Nov 09, 2015 2:06 pm

Hi,

The font is called SL43. I could send a picture of it and of the font required if it helps.

Thanks

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Re: Altering a TTF

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Mon Nov 09, 2015 5:10 pm

I honestly think you're wasting your time with this. Special fonts for engraving machines will be copyright and cannot be edited.

A search for SL43 Engraving Font found this one. Is that it?
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Re: Altering a TTF

Post by Michael Love » Wed Nov 11, 2015 1:41 pm

Hi Bhikkhu,

Yes thats the font but its only a reference, I would want it changed. Can you help?

Many thanks.

Michael

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Re: Altering a TTF

Post by Michael Love » Wed Nov 11, 2015 1:46 pm

Or if I could send you a picture of the font I was looking for could some one recommend where I could go to try and find it? Though I am not sure how or if I can attach a picture.

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Re: Altering a TTF

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Thu Nov 12, 2015 12:05 pm

Michael Love wrote:Can you help?
No. As I said, it's a commercial font and it cannot be modified.

I have no experience of creating fonts for engraving machines. They may have different requirements than fonts intended for print.

There may be some forum members who would undertake to create a new font from scratch to your specifications, but I don't do commercial work.
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Re: Altering a TTF

Post by Michael Love » Thu Nov 12, 2015 1:09 pm

Ok no problem

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