How to create zizgag font via Fontlab tutorial

How to create a zigzag using Illustrator paths and fontlab in CC 2018 2017 2015 CS6 etc

Create zigzag font TTF via Fontlab

creating a zigzag font shape in Illustrator and fontlab how to
  1. Select the pen tool in Illustrator for the creation of a zigzag shape / font set (for creation in Fontlab)

  2. Click on artboard

  3. Move upwards at 45 degrees and add another point

  4. Move back downwards at 45 degrees in alignment to the first point

  5. Up

  6. Down etc for zigzag

  7. Set color


The key thing is that you need a tool to create a typeface, without that you will not be able to go any further. A number of possible tools exist and you can find them via google - there are also a few free apps as well as extensions that can be used in CC 2018 and 2017 etc


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Select the pen tool in the illustrator toolbar and Click on artboard And then move upwards at an angle to add the second point and Click again. And then go downwards again in the same approximate angle past the original vertical line (of the first point) to the same distance as the second point. And then click artboard. And then go up approx at the same angle towards the same line of the second point and so on and. Just repeat that back and forth.


One useful way to create an exact and regular artwork would be to use the shift key with the pen tool so the angles are exactly 45 degrees and also using view / smart guides ON.



There are millions of possible combinations in that you could have all the alternate points along the same vertical line or perhaps you could change the angle or make a more rapid angle change with each anchor point clicked.


Once you have finished and clicked your last anchor point for the artwork, you may find that you have a fill (solid color) and no stroke, so select the path and set the fill to nill and set the stroke to black and now you can set the stroke width to perhaps 5 pt or 20pt etc and also set the width profile if you wish to have a more interesting design You can also manipulate the artwork using tools such as Vectorscribe (Astute Graphics)


I would also suggest turning the smart guides on if you wish to line up points or perhaps add other paths as guides. Another option would be to use the direct selection tool and select all the points at the bottom of the path and use the vertical align center. Likewise, for the points at the top if you wish to align them as well. You can also use the distribute command to distribute them equally horizontally by using horizontal distribute center.


If you wish to leave it as a stroke that is fine but you want it as a character in a typeface then go to the Object menu and expand the artwork using the expand command


And now you can copy it to FL or another tool to turn it into a TTF etc. Before you expand the set, you may wish to modify various stroke properties.


glyph panel

FL does require a little trial and error on copying the paths from Illustrator to FL as the units upside down and I would suggest you check up on the web on the exact details how to copy any of the artworks from AI to FL but a bit of trial and error should enable you to copy them and move the artwork to the correct position in the glyph (select a letter such as 'A' and not a more obscure character). It requires the setup of a quadrant for the artwork in Illustrator.


So select shape in Illustrator and copy. Go to FL. Double Click on a glyph such as A. Paste. Use the edit tool to position the artwork as required (such as in a position above 0, 0 and to the right of that). Use the scale tool in the FL toolbar to re-size as required to fit the current glyph (that depends on the various settings for the set but in the default, between the 0,0 and 800,800. You can add all kinds of different variant to the other glyph



You will still have to set up the information / properties such as give a name, give copyright information etc. You can find some videos about this via the graphicxtras channel on youtube



You can then export the TTF via the file menu and the generate command. You can also export the EPS equivalents (as I do with my sets) via the export command found also in the file menu.


Goto the File menu of FL and use the Generate command. File menu and Export command for the EPS designs.


Add the TTF to your system via the control panel etc


Access the artworks then via your keyboard by typing A or B etc depending on glyphs used.


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