Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn
dachte

D is for Dachte

Font news:

Off and on, I've been learning fontforge, with bits of random advice from a few people. Some of this advice was good, some of it was.. not helpful to me. Here's what I did and where I am:

  1. Write out each letter in my handwriting several times so I can pick the best variant, on white printer paper at home
  2. Take several photographs of that paper with my digital camera, move those to computer
  3. Install the autotrace extension for fontforge
  4. Import the letters that were good into their spots, let autotrace try to approximate the letters
  5. Fix up the letters

The biggest problems so far appear to have been inadequate original images and poor photographs. I don't know if scanning would give me more reasonable traces, but, lacking a scanner (or easy access), I need to make more of an effort to avoid blur and to get a decent size. Some letters were photographed nicely though - the sample above is a success story. Anyhow, this is a work-in-progress. There's a good chance that in a few months I'll know a lot better and redo everything. It's still fun.

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