Designed a font in illustrator on a canvas 1000 x 1000 points.
After importing 200+ glyphs I realised the font is very small.
I’ve looked into scaling an entire font so I’ve seen the various posts, and yet I still don’t understand how it works, as nothing happens no matter what I do. The exported font remains the same size. Font info > Change UPM.
Either there’s something wrong with my computer or I’m missing something.
Can someone assist? I’d greatly appreciate it!
Make sure you’re not just changing the UPM # in the dialog box in Font Info, there’s a scaling icon next to the input field which is the ‘Scale to UPM’ function.
To change the visual size of the font, you just change the UPM. Experiment a bit until you are happy. When you are really happy with the size, then you use the “Scale” button to scale it back to 1000.
OTOH: You might not even need to scale. Just leave it at the UPM.
This really confuses me!
Change the number and then click the scaling icon? That just brings up a box with the number I just changed…
Doesn’t make sense to me
What is the height of the cap /H in Illustrator, in points? Also, which version of Illustrator?
You either just change the number directly. This will change the size of the exported font. If you like to keep the size but need a different UPM, you use the scale button.
Is there anything to be cautious about when you scale the font by merely changing the UPM to something non-standard, like 1200, and leaving it at that?
I started with scaling it down and putting back to 1000 and then dealing with rounding, but is there a difference really?
Merely changing the UPM is much safer.