Manos – the hands of font

This time, I thought I’d try and make a handwritten font.

What I did was:

  • Write the letters on a piece of grid paper.
  • Trace the letters onto plain white paper using a marker and a light table.
  • Scan the clean drawn letters to a jpeg file.
  • Auto-traced the jpeg into a pdf using the “Super Vectorizer” program.
  • Isolated the letters to individual curves using the boolean intersection operation.
  • Exported the letters to individual SVGs and imported them into FontForge as usual.

I did some small cleanup on the letters of course, but I haven’t bothered changing the sizes of the minuscules yet. I find too much “nitpicking” can be detrimental to productivity, so I try not to spend too much time on details at the moment.

The font can be downloaded here. Or you can fint it on my font designs page.

ManosPreview

A little Affinity Designer and FontForge How To

Here’s a screencast showing how to:

  • Find the baseline, ascender and descender of a font you designed.
  • Export the individual glyphs into an SVG somewhat efficiently.
  • Start a new FontForge document and set the ascender and descender accordingly.
  • Import the individual glyphs into FontForge.
  • Generate the Font and install it on in macOS.

There’s no sound, it’s just a 6 minute video showing how I do it.