Free Font Editors, Font Creation Software and Sites
Make your own fonts with these software and online services
Free Font Editors and Font Creation Software / Sites
Ever fancied making or designing your own fonts? The free software listed on this page allow you to create and edit your own fonts. Depending on the software, the program may allow you to create a TrueType, OpenType, Postscript, bitmap / raster font, or some other type of font.
For those who merely want to use free fonts rather than create their own fonts, please see the Free Fonts page instead. In addition, if you only want to create bitmap or raster fonts, you may also want to check out the Free Resource Editors and Compilers page, which may have font editors to create and edit raster fonts.
Free Font Designers, Editors and Online Font Making Sites
- FontForge: Free Font Editor (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, etc)
FontForge is an outline font editor that allows you to create and edit TrueType, OpenType, Postscript, CID-keyed, Multi-master, CFF, SVG, and bitmap (BDF, FON, NFNT) as well as many Macintosh font formats. It has many features, including the ability for you to add hints to your font, either manually or allowing the software to automatically generate hints. (Hints allow your fonts to still look good at small font sizes.) You can also use the program to convert fonts from one format to another. The software is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, VMS, and so on.
- FontStruct: Online Font Editor to Build, Share and Download Fonts (systems with Flash)
FontStruct is an online font editor that allows you to build and share the fonts that you create online through their site. You do not need to download any software onto your computer — just create it with your browser. You can create Postscript fonts, TrueType fonts, OpenType fonts as well as Flash pixel fonts. Since it uses Flash for the editor, it should work on systems with the latest versions of Flash.
- Raster Font Editor (Windows)
This is a simple raster font editor that lets you create bitmap fonts. You can save your raster fonts as font resources (fnt), a resource script (rc), Windows bitmaps (bmp) and text files (txt). It is a Windows program.
- Font Constructor (Mac OS X)
Font Constructor is a Mac program that lets you construct your own font. The font can be exported as an .otf file (a PostScript TrueType font). At the time this review was written, the software does not support kerning or hinting. Update (29 August 2013): a note on their website says that the program is no longer supported.
- GNU Font Editor (Source only)
The GNU Font Editor is a graphical font editor derived from GIMP (see the Free Drawing and Painting Software, Image and Photo Editing Programs page for details of this). At present, it is available only in source form.
- DoubleType (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris)
DoubleType is an open source TrueType font editor for any system with a Java runtime system, which includes Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Solaris.
- Type light (Windows)
Type light is an OpenType font editor that handles both .ttf (TrueType) and .otf (OpenType PostScript) fonts. Your fonts can have up to 65536 glyphs, which can be mapped to Unicode characters. Besides creating your fonts using the basic drawing tools, you can also edit TrueType and PostScript curves, convert fonts between TrueType and PostScript fonts, and enter basic font names, descriptions and parameters.
- Private Character Editor (Windows)
Did you know that Windows XP comes with a font editor? You don't have to download anything — it's already on your computer if you're running Windows. To access it, just click the Run command from your Start menu. In the window that appears, type "eudcedit" (without the quotes) and click the OK button. The editor is primitive at best. Information about how to use it can be found in the Help menu of the program.
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