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Jasper Habicht (何思玮)
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A lot has been done in the last few months. I did some refinements to my last project Sievphou Seksaa, redraw some glyphs and recoded the typographic features. As for now, Sievphou Seksaa supports modern Khmer as well as some older orthographic features.

During my studies of the Khmer script, I came across a handwritten story that I thought would be great to typeset with modern technologies, since the style of the handwriting is beautiful but also some details of the glyphs are somewhat distorted. This folk tale is written in an old-style orthography with some special features one wouldn't find anymore in modern Khmer writing. This is why I added support for those features to Sievphou Seksaa.

When I designed Sievphou Seksaa, I relied on an older textbook for writing lessons. The printing is a bit dirty and the letterforms are not too clear. So as for the first sketch, I drew some of the glyphs just roughly and had to refine some details of the curves and edges.

I will upload some examples of these new developments in the nearer future. Stay tuned!

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JaeToh Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
hi! i'm searching around as to how to create fonts... or more like, can i ask, what do you use to convert your images to the ttf format?

or is that qn even correct? >< how do you go from images to the font?
kyle655 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist

sorry, that it took me so long to answer. I am in China currently and deviantArt is blocked here, so I am not that often on dA. To answer your question: I guess you are refering to this Khmer font, which I designed according to the Khmer text book? Well, first I shot some pictures of the pages with the font on it. Then I used Adobe Illustrator, where I just pasted the pictures I made in the background and fixed them. Then I just draw some letters with the drawing tools in Illustrator. I just draw the main features of the letters, not all the letters needed in the font. I copy-paste the letters to FontLab then, and refine the letters there and also create the still left letters, so as to complete the whole font. So, in short: much of it is still handwork … I don’t use any auto-vectorizing tool or such stuff, that is it.

I hope I could help you in some way … FontLab is a great tool! You even can paste a picture directly in there to use it as a glyph background. So you don’t even necessarily have to use Illustrator.

If you still have questions, feel free to ask :)

Greetings now from Nanjing, China (instead of Cologne, Germany)!
JaeToh Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
oh cool! thanks for the advice, will check that Fontlab out now.

nd haha hi! from Singapore - never been to China ever anyways. o.o why is devArt blocked there? o.o
kyle655 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe in the beginning, it is a bit quirky to draw with vector tools on a computer, but after some while you’ll get used to it. I just look for sharp edges or minima or maxima of curves and put a vector point there, so as to draw a closed path. Then I refine the curves more and more, sometimes also adding new points or erasing some, until in the end I am satisfied with the result. It is not that difficult, but still it needs some practice, I guess. Try hard!

Well, you never really know why some site is blocked in China … maybe someone stood up for Tibetan pride on dA or stuff. Might as well just be a transitory problem.
ndbag Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the little llama. ^__^
kyle655 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gern geschehen …
ndbag Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012   Digital Artist
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