10 Tools for Creating Your Own Custom Font

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There are plenty of high-quality fonts available online, both free and paid, that can be used in any design project. However, there are times when you need a custom font to really make the design stand out.

If that’s the case, you’re probably wondering if there are any tools available that will help you create your own font. Or maybe, you’d just like to try your hand at designing a custom font as a fun side project.

No matter what your situation is, the good news is that there are quite a few tools geared towards helping you create a custom font. We’ve rounded up the best of them in this post so without further ado, let’s jump in and check them out.

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FontLab Studio

The first tool on the list, FontLab Studio is a premium font creation software aimed at professionals that want to create and edit their own typefaces. It works on both Mac and Windows and supports all major font outline formats.

FontLab Studio

FontForge

FontForge is an open-source application that can be used on Mac, Windows, and Linux computers. With this program, you can create and edit PostScript, TrueType, OpenType, SVG, and bitmap fonts as well as convert fonts from one format to another.

FontForge

FontCreator

FontCreator is a Windows-only font editor. It has an advanced set of features that make it suitable for professional font designers and an easy to use interface that’s beginner-friendly. You can create and edit high-quality TrueType and OpenType fonts as well as convert scanned vector graphics into glyphs.

FontCreator

Fontographer

Fontographer lets you create new fonts from scratch or customize the existing ones. You can modify and design Type 1, TrueType, OpenType, Type 3 fonts. Special features include the ability to fine-tune spacing and kerning Fontographer is available for Windows and Mac systems.

Fontographer

FontStruct

FontStruct is a free online tool for designing your own fonts. This tool let you easily create your own fonts by using geometric shapes. When you’re done, FontStruct then generates TrueType fonts, ready to download and use in any application.

FontStruct

Fontifier

If you ever wanted to make a font out of your own handwriting, Fontifier is the tool you need. It’s an online app that lets you upload a scanned image of your handwriting and turns it into a TrueType handwritten font that you can use in your word processor or graphics program.

BirdFont

BirdFont is another free tool for designing your own fonts and it has advanced features that will satisfy even the hard-core font designers. The tool has detailed documentation and allows you to create fonts by drawing on a grid or importing images from other programs. It’s available for Mac, Windows, and Linux.

BirdFont

iFontMaker

If you rely on your iPad as your primary design tool, iFontMaker will come in handy. It’s an iPad app that lets you design your “handmade” typeface in less than 5 minutes using just your fingers. You can then install the font on your computers and also on your iPad & iPhone.

iFontMaker

Pentacom’s Bit Font Maker

Love pixel-style fonts? Then check out Pentacom’s BitFont Maker. This tool lets you create your own pixel fonts, which are reminiscent of old video games. The tool has a neat gallery where you can other fonts created with the app or you can immediately dive into the editor and start creating your font.

Pentacom Bit Font Maker

TTFEdit

A TrueType font editor, this tool lets you edit and modify existing TTF fonts or create new ones from templates. TTFEdit is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux and is free to download.

Glyphr

Glyphr is a web-based font design tool that touts itself as being free and easy to use for font design enthusiasts. You can easily design your own font, ligatures, and adjust kerning and tracking.

Glyphr

Conclusion

Designing your own font is a great way to add a custom touch to your design project. It’s also a nice way to earn extra income if you discover you have a knack for creating fonts and enjoy doing it. With these tools, you’ll be able to create your own font quickly so be sure to check them out and give them a try.

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