How to switch a truetype font file to an svg file

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How to switch a truetype font file to an svg file
TrueType fonts can be modified when changed to SVG. (the letter a image by feisty from Fotolia.com)

TrueType is a common font format (with a .ttf file extension) supported by all major operating systems and is the predominant format used by most word processors. The Scalable Vector Graphic format (with an .svg file extension) is developed and maintained by the W3C SVG Working Group and is often used in the font creation process. It may be beneficial to convert a TrueType font to the SVG format for a variety of reasons, but it is important to make sure the font you want to convert is legally eligible for conversion.

Skill level:
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Instructions

  1. 1

    Compose an e-mail to convert@onlinefontconverter.com to use Online Font Converter, a free font conversion tool (see Resources).

  2. 2

    Attach the font you want to convert to the email.

  3. 3

    Type "svg" in the subject field to indicate that you want to convert to the SVG format. The body section of the email can be left blank; this section is ignored.

  4. 4

    Send the email. An automated e-mail will be sent to you when your font conversion process is completed.

  1. 1

    Download and install Inkscape, a free, open-source vector graphics editor (see Resources). Open the program.

  2. 2

    Push the "F8" button on your keyboard to switch to the Text tool. Click anywhere in the Inkscape document and type the alphabet or the specific letters you want to modify. Typing the entire alphabet will allow you to convert every letter of the TrueType font to an SVG file.

  3. 3

    Click "Path" from the menu, then click "Object to Path." This will convert the text to the SVG format, enabling you to edit the text in the SVG format.

  1. 1

    Download and install FontForge, a free, open-source font creation tool (see Resources). Open the program.

  2. 2

    Open the font you want to convert to the SVG format through the window that appears. Your font will appear in a separate window.

  3. 3

    Click "Generate Fonts" from the "File" menu. A separate dialogue will appear.

  4. 4

    Click "SVG font" from the list of formats under the file name. Change the file name if you want. Click "Save" to generate your font in the SVG format.

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