Exercise 116

Making your own font (Day 2)

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In this exercise you will continue creating your own font. Refer to the Layout Workbook for design ideas & typography information (pp. 88-115). This is the second day in a two day exercise designed to improve your abilities with the pen tool and the direct select arrow.

Part 1: (Wednesday 10/12) Drawing your font

  • Continue drawing your font with the pen tool and any other tool you find necessary. You will need to finish both upper and lower case letters as well as numbers and basic punctuation. If you want to include more characters you may do so.

Part 2: Making your font

  • When you have completed your font, use the File>Save For Web command to export your drawing as a .png file. Save this to your flash drive.
    • Note: You will need to do this twice once for each Page layer (Page 1 & Page 2).
  • Next, navigate to http://www.paintfont.com and under the “Upload filled out templates” tab, click on the Choose File link to upload your saved .png file.
  • Give your font a memorable & descriptive name. Select TTF as the format and click “Send File.”
  • Your result will appear in the blue box at the top. Click on the name of your font to download it to your flash drive.
  • Now, follow Digital Life 0.15 [AMP font viewer] to install your font on the school computer.

Part 3: Submitting to the course website:

  • Using the sample_font.indd template, showcase your new font using the following text:

Aa Bb Cc Dd Ee Ff Gg Hh Ii Jj Kk Ll Mm Nn Oo Pp Qq Rr Ss Tt Uu Vv Ww Xx Yy Zz

This is a sample sentence. It shows your font in an actual sentence format.


  • Use File>Export to export to a .jpg file. You should set this as the featured image for your post.
  • Please also upload your .ttf font file to the course website. It will appear as just a link to the .ttf file.
  • You do not need to comment on this exercise!