I’ve recently found an absolute gamechanger of an Adobe Illustrator plug-in called FontSelf™ and without exaggerating its amazing.

What does it do?

Simply create a vector of a font from an handdrawn example then vectorise using imagetrace or draw it using Illustrator then drag straight into the Fontself plug in panel which does all the hard work then tweak it using the spacing tools etc, before using the export options to generate a font or preview the live font.

You can make, edit and export fonts in minutes without leaving your beloved Photoshop or Illustrator: the Fontself extension shows up as a new panel, as shown above, where you turn any shape or image into a font glyph. From here you can export your creations into regular font files (like Opentype .otf). These fonts are then compatible to use on your computer, tablet or smartphone

I’ve started working on two examples the first Hand ‘o’ Bob (see below) & Halftony

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Here’s a brief video from Fontself’s original Kickstarter campaign which is a quick run about Fontself.

The plug-in costs $49 (about £34.50) from https://www.fontself.com/and if you want to make fonts it’s well worth it!

P.S. the support is great too!

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