“How to Space Your Fonts” free YouTube video
The free live webinar maxed out with 200 registrants — twice! So we made a good recording to share with everyone. Check it out!
Learn how to set sidebearings and widths for ideal spacing of your fonts, for body text or display. Learn the simple principles and tricks that allow you to quickly get reasonably good spacing from the beginning. What is the relationship between space needed for straight‐edged and round‐edged letters? How wide should the glyph for the space character be? What is the secret formula for the left‐shift compensation needed for italics? How does increasing font weight change the ideal spacing? How can you set sidebearings for a bunch of glyphs as quickly as possible in FontLab Studio? How can you measure and ignore serifs? I cover all these things in the video, plus a Q&A Session at the end where people ask questions.
Most important addendum to the video: spacing is something you should address continuously during the design process, not as an afterthought at the end. Kerning, on the other hand, is best left as late as humanly possible.
The demos use FontLab Studio 5, but the general principles apply to all font editors, including Fontographer and TypeTool.
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