Though there are plenty of fonts out there for you to choose from (and many are even free), you may have the desire to create your very own custom font. Perhaps you want to design your own unique font for your company’s logo, or you may have a specific font design in mind and, after looking at hundreds of fonts, you’ve concluded that you’d have to make your own lettering to get exactly what you want.

Software for designing your own fonts (often called font editors) can be expensive, with FontLab Studio, one of the industry’s standards, fetching over $600. Though professional font foundries — which make a business designing and selling fonts — would be happy paying this high sticker price, the cost is prohibitively high for those of us who want to build simple fonts.

What’s great is there are several free font editors out there that you can use to create your own fonts. Below, you’ll discover seven of the best free tools for designing fonts.

With these tools, don’t expect to create high quality professional fonts right from the start — it will take time and practice, just like with any endeavor. But, if you’re simply looking to create a custom font or would like to try your hand at a fun, fulfilling and creative activity like font design, these tools will certainly help you get the job done.

1. FontStruct

FontStruct is a free online font editor, which means you can create your own fonts directly in a web browser, without having to install special software on your computer.

Once you’re happy with your work, you can save and download it as a TrueType font file (.ttf), install it in your computer and use it in any Windows and/or Mac application (e.g. Microsoft Office products, Photoshop and so on). You can even use it as a custom web font for your site.


FontForge is a free font editor for the desktop that can be installed in Windows, Mac OS and Linux. You can create your own font from scratch or modify an existing font file. It can handle many font file types, including TrueType (.ttf), PostScript (.ps), OpenType (.otf) and more.

The user interface of this font editor might seem daunting to beginners at first, so to get you on your way, read over the “steps to creating a font” tutorial on the FontForge website.


This online font-building tool allows you to create fonts that have simple, geometric shapes. It’s a bitmap font editor, which means that you draw your font’s characters (referred to as glyphs) pixel by pixel.

It’s dead simple to use and, once you’re done with your font design, you can download and save your font as a TrueType file.


Available only for Windows, Type light is a freeware font editor that you can use to edit existing font files or to design your own font from scratch. This tool can deal with TrueType, OpenType and PostScript font formats, with the ability to convert font files from one to another. The software is free for personal use and for limited commercial use.


gdbfed is a free font-creation software that you can use to edit or create your own fonts. It has native support for BDF fonts and other lesser-known font file types, but — with a little trickery — it can export to the more popular OpenType font format, too.

Beware, though, that the installation process of gbdfed can be cumbersome — it was created for Linux, requires GTK+ to be installed and, for most computer users, will require the use of the command-line to compile the software. It’s been tested on Mac OS and, in its current state, doesn’t run well on Windows.


This free, Mac-only font editor was produced with the intention of giving students a tool for learning about font construction through hands-on experimentation and training. However, as the creator of the tool says, “Font Constructor is not only meant for students” — it can be used by graphic and type designers, as well as anyone who wishes to create fonts.


Raster Font Editor is a standalone application, which means you can run it directly via your portable storage device (such as a USB flash drive) or cloud storage app, like Dropbox, without having to install it. It’s not as robust in features like some of the other tools already mentioned, but it can be a great option for those only needing basic font editing features and software portability.


Though there are many free font editors out there, we focused on those that are still actively maintained and those that we can comfortably recommend. But if you’re the adventurous type, do check out other free font editing software and projects such as GNU Font Editor, DoubleType, Horus, Bitmap Font Editor, and Bitmap Font Editor.

Source: Mashable

FontStruct

FontStruct is a free online font editor, which means you can create your own fonts directly in a web browser, without having to install special software on your computer.

Once you’re happy with your work, you can save and download it as a TrueType font file (.ttf), install it in your computer and use it in any Windows and/or Mac application (e.g. Microsoft Office products, Photoshop and so on). You can even use it as a custom web font for your site.



FontForge is a free font editor for the desktop that can be installed in Windows, Mac OS and Linux. You can create your own font from scratch or modify an existing font file. It can handle many font file types, including TrueType (.ttf), PostScript (.ps), OpenType (.otf) and more.

The user interface of this font editor might seem daunting to beginners at first, so to get you on your way, read over the “steps to creating a font” tutorial on the FontForge website.


This online font-building tool allows you to create fonts that have simple, geometric shapes. It’s a bitmap font editor, which means that you draw your font’s characters (referred to as glyphs) pixel by pixel.

It’s dead simple to use and, once you’re done with your font design, you can download and save your font as a TrueType file.


Available only for Windows, Type light is a freeware font editor that you can use to edit existing font files or to design your own font from scratch. This tool can deal with TrueType, OpenType and PostScript font formats, with the ability to convert font files from one to another. The software is free for personal use and for limited commercial use.


gdbfed is a free font-creation software that you can use to edit or create your own fonts. It has native support for BDF fonts and other lesser-known font file types, but — with a little trickery — it can export to the more popular OpenType font format, too.

Beware, though, that the installation process of gbdfed can be cumbersome — it was created for Linux, requires GTK+ to be installed and, for most computer users, will require the use of the command-line to compile the software. It’s been tested on Mac OS and, in its current state, doesn’t run well on Windows.


This free, Mac-only font editor was produced with the intention of giving students a tool for learning about font construction through hands-on experimentation and training. However, as the creator of the tool says, “Font Constructor is not only meant for students” — it can be used by graphic and type designers, as well as anyone who wishes to create fonts.


Raster Font Editor is a standalone application, which means you can run it directly via your portable storage device (such as a USB flash drive) or cloud storage app, like Dropbox, without having to install it. It’s not as robust in features like some of the other tools already mentioned, but it can be a great option for those only needing basic font editing features and software portability.


Though there are many free font editors out there, we focused on those that are still actively maintained and those that we can comfortably recommend. But if you’re the adventurous type, do check out other free font editing software and projects such as GNU Font Editor, DoubleType, Horus, Bitmap Font Editor, and Bitmap Font Editor.

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