How to Edit Truetype Fonts

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How to Edit Truetype Fonts
FontCreator and FontForge create and edit TrueType fonts. (spike font image by Adrian Hillman from Fotolia.com)

TrueType is a font technology used by Apple and Microsoft programs. The technology was developed by Apple Computers and provides high fidelity in computing and printing. Several software options are available for editing TrueType fonts. Microsoft has released an extension for editing TrueType preferences, for example. High Logic's FontCreator creates and edits TrueType fonts. FontForge is a feeware available on Linux that creates and edits TrueType fonts and other font formats. (See "Resources.")

Skill level:
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Instructions

    Microsoft Font Properties Editor

  1. 1

    Download Microsoft Font Properties Editor (see "Resources"). Install the software. Double click the file name and follow the instructions on the page.

  2. 2

    Browse to the font file. Click "Start," "My Computer." Browse to the folder containing the font files.

  3. 3

    Edit the font properties. Right click the font file, select "Properties." The Microsoft Font Properties Editor extended options will appear in the properties. Edit the properties as desired and click "OK."

    Editing TrueType Fonts with FontCreator in Windows

  1. 1

    Download the FontCreator free trial (see "Resources"). Install the free trial. Double click the file and follow the instructions on the screen.

  2. 2

    Launch the free trial. Click "Start," "Run." Type "FontCreator," then press "Enter."

  3. 3

    Open the font file. Click "File," "Open." Browse to the font file that you would like to edit. Click "OK."

  4. 4

    Edit the file. There are many point and click tools that can be used to edit the font. Play around with the functions available.

  5. 5

    Save the font. Click "File," "Save as." Enter a unique user name then click "Save." If you click "File," "Save," the font will save over the original that you selected to edit.

    Editing TrueType Fonts with FontForge on Linux

  1. 1

    Launch any shell. If you are using the Ubuntu distro this can be done by clicking "Applications," "Utilities," "Terminal."

  2. 2

    Install FontForge. Type "sudo apt-get install fontforge" at the command prompt then press "Enter." Type the root password when prompted then press "Enter." When prompted whether to continue, type "y" then press "Enter."

  3. 3

    Launch FontForge. Type "fontforge" in the command line.

  4. 4

    Open the font files. A dialogue box will open when the software launches. Use this dialogue box to browse to the font file you would like to edit.

  5. 5

    Edit the file. Point and click tools are available to edit the font. Experiment with the functions available.

  6. 6

    Save the font. Click "File," "Save as." Enter a unique user name then click "Save." If you click "File," "Save," the font will save over the original that you selected to edit.

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