Create a font using Illustrator and FontLab – tutorial part 1

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This video takes you step by step through the process of setting up Illustrator so you can easily transfer artwork across to FontLab Studio 5.

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For those of you using a version of Illustrator CS5 or above, please be aware that Adobe changed the way the rulers work. Instead of 1st quadrant rulers, CS5 and above now use 4th quadrant rulers.

What does this mean?
It means that values taken from the Y axis (up and down) will be reversed. All numbers that you want to be positive (above the baseline) will be negative, and all numbers which you want to be negative (below the baseline, descenders) will be positive. Argh!

Quick fix: Simply swap positive numbers to be negative, and vice versa. So if you get an x-height value of -300pt (using 4th quadrant rulers) just change it to positive before you enter the value into FontLab, i.e 300pt. Easy peasy! 🙂

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