01. FontLab Studio
FontLab Studio is a highly popular and industry standard font editor tool. With its vast list features, many professional type foundries, typographers and graphic design studios swear by FontLab Studio for their designing type and creating/modifying fonts.
Windows and Mac
Free Demo Available for Windows and Mac.
Total Package costs $649 or $279/year.
Educational Discount of $129/year
Ability to create extensive font families with varying widths and thickness (Light, Regular, Semibold, Bold)
Generates: OpenType CFF (OTF), OpenType TT / TrueType (TTF), PostScript Type 1 (PFB/PFA/MM), FontLab VFB. Mac version also generates suitcase-based Mac Type 1 and Mac TrueType
Imports OpenType CFF (OTF), OpenType TT / TrueType (TTF), PostScript Type 1 (PFB/PFA/MM), FontLab VFB, Fontographer FOG, and legacy Mac fonts
Import Bitmaps and EPS drawings from Illustrator
Allows user to test the font for Spacing and Kerning issues
FontLab Studio supports encoding of any Unicode character; which means it allows to design a font in any language, and create all the glyphs needed for that font.
Comfortable Bezier Creation
Import Bitmap or Vectors, Trace and Clean up
Better curves with FontAudit
In-context Design- Shape Groups and neighbors
Class-based Metrics and Kerning
No Language Barriers with Unicode
Advanced Typography with OpenType layout
TrueType & PostScript Hinting
Glyphs is another top standard font editor tool. It can be used by both beginners and professionals of the type industry. It has a wide range of exciting features which makes it an up and coming type design tool in the design field. It also has a Mini version; a slightly toned down version of the main Glyphs app. It has a few limitations when compared to the main app, but is still nonetheless a cool tool to use.
- Glyphs & Glyphs Mini are available for download for a 30 day trial period.
- Glyphs Full Licence:
- Glyphs Mini Licence:
Export: OTF, TTF, UFO, Web fonts (EOT, WOFF, WOFF2), Color fonts, Metrics
Import: OTF, TTF, UFO, and PS Type 1
Extensive Non-Latin support, including complex scripts like Arabic and Devanagari
Ability to color your fonts rather than the same old black and white
Availability of a large variety of plugins and scripts to improve workflows
Smart Vector Tools for Type
Covers All Languages
Create Colorful Font
Automatic OpenType features
Full Control Batch Processing
Third Party Plugins to Improve Functionality
Font Creator is one of the many popular font editor tools with over 4.5 million downloads. A host of advanced features makes it popular amongst professional users, while its intuitive interface makes it easy for anyone of any level of expertise to use.
FontCreator supports Open Type, True Type and Web Open Font Format (WOFF) fonts which can be used on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and in all modern web browsers.
Import high-quality SVG from any vector editing software and Bitmap images
FontCreator is the first font editor to support the new scalable color fonts extension. This new feature allows you to create multi-colored glyphs for systems that support it while maintaining backward compatibility for systems that do not.
Manually adjust Kerning to your font; Autokerning feature to automatically kern your fonts.
Ability to test your fonts on various applications during development.
Font Overview with Categories
Work with OpenType, TrueType, and Web Fonts
Design High-Quality Fonts
Import SVG and Bitmap images
Scalable Color Fonts
Easy Access to Common Glyph Properties
OpenType Layout Features
Test Your Fonts
Optical Metrics and Kerning
04. Bird Font
Bird Font is an up and coming font editor. It is a project developed by Johann Mattsson. It is a funded project and is constantly getting many upgrades. It is available as Freeware and as a commercial version.
Windows, Mac, Linux, & BSD
Export TTF, EOT, and SVG fonts
Import SVG and Vectors
Convert Raster Images to Vector Fonts
Import Background Images
Create Stylistic Alternates, Swashes and more
Type 3.2 has been around since 2006 and because of it is pricing, it is preferred by many small offices and home studios. The many new features in the latest updates have made it really easy to create cohesive and beautiful series of fonts. Type Light is a lighter version of Type 3.2.
Windows & Mac
- Free demo available for Download
- License: $55
- Type Light, a lighter version of Type 3.2 is available for Free for personal use
- If for business purposes, you need to purchase a Type 3.2 license
Import: TTF, OTF
Export: OTF, TTF
Ability to import vector graphics from Illustrator/Inkscape
Ability to adjust Kerning visually using with “Grab & Drag” option
Ability to Auto-create all Latin accented characters.
Interactive Auto Trace
Composite Glyph Wizard
Glyph and Full Font Preview
Import Vector Graphics
Adjust Kerning Pairs