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I’ve been a fan of the “Mighty Deals” for a few years now, they often have gorgeous fonts and other helpful goodies at sensational discounts.
No, this blog post is not sponsored.
Now I caught a mega deal which is highly innovative – and it actually works! It was a Kickstarter campaign which I totally missed. Anyway, I found this special deal in the newsletter yesterday, the Fontself Maker for 50% off (24$ instead of 49$). Resistance was futile, so a few minutes after I had purchased the plugin.
Here’s a little overview made by the Fontself team:
So what can I say? AWESOME!
You draw a shape/glyph in Adobe Illustrator, if necessary you group the paths, then you select the new glyphs and move them into the “Fontself Maker” window by drag & drop. When they are ordered from A to Z on a single line, the program assigns the correct characters automatically. Especially cool: create three guides and call them Ascender, Baseline and Descender, select and drag them together with the glyphs – voilà, perfect metrics. For my font, I used a decorative brush. Usually I’d have to turn the glyphs into outlines, but the Fontself Maker does this by itself as well.
What’s still missing is a kerning feature as well as the option to add alternate glyphs. But the Fontself guys are working on that.
I tweaked my font a little in Fontlab Studio and Glyphs Mini because I wanted to have some special characters and kerning. If you don’t care about that, the little tool itself will make you happy.
My little font looks quite cute, don’t you think? You can grab it here as a newsletter freebie: