I’m trying to make my first typeface, and after a few bad experiences with settings I didn’t understand, I thought it best to leave the settings mostly at defaults. I had to scale every scanned image (no matter what dpi I scanned at) by exactly 7500, but that’s not why I’m posting.
I’m looking for a book or web tutorial recommendations on what settings I have to make to make a truetype font look mostly normal. You can see what I have so far here. I can spot at least half a dozen glaring problems and I’m sure you can spot many more:
- It’s too big,
- It’s too bold
- The letters are squished up at the top of the highlight block
- The letters are odd sizes at small size
- The bottom of the g is cut off
Are there settings every ttf file should have? Are there common settings both Mac and windows software uses? Are there Windows essential settings and Mac essential settings? Are there settings already set by default I can look at and change and hope to have them become more correct?
General suggestions and ones specific to the linked image are welcome.
For example I wouldn’t dream of making changes to this thing until I understood what it did:
“typoAscender integer The height of the ascenders in units.
Corresponds to the OpenType OS/2 table sTypoAscender field.
‘The typographic ascender for this font. Remember that this
is not the same as the Ascender value in the hhea table,
which Apple defines in a far different manner”