Let's assume I've designed my typeface. It's beautiful. It has lots of weights and widths and italics and accents and Icelandic characters etc etc. Spacing and kerning are perfect.
What comes next?
Please could you point me in the right direction.
Sorry to be so naive, but what are the errors I should be looking for? How do I recognise them if I find them? How do I find them in the first place?
What are the books and tutorials that help? There's loads of advice on how to design and space fonts. But I'm struggling to find their equivalents for type post-production.
Many thanks in advance.
Well not per se. After exporting your font files it's recommendable to test those files.
If you find a bug or error you have basically two options: either go back to your source file and fix the problem, or use a tool like OTMaster to modify the font files.
- check if they appear correctly in the font menus of operating systems and applications that you intended them to work in.
- check if you select your fonts in the font menu they actually display your font.
- check if hinting is working as you intended.
- check if the kerning works
- check if the opentype features do their work
- run the files through a testing tool like Font Validator for example
My preference is to solve the problem in the source file, so it doesn't arise anymore the next time you export your font, but sometimes there are cases where you need to fix something in a post-production tool.
All of which I'd also be happy to learn more about myself !
- Path directions and outlines
- Vertical metrics
- Open type features
- Language compatibility
- Glyphset standards compatibility
It definitely includes hinting and probably OpenType features. Maybe even kerning, or at least expanding kerning that was started by the designer.
It normally does not include outline work or glyph design.