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    I just discovered this tutorial: http://cleversomeday.wordpress.com/2...nkscape-dings/ that provides a template SVG to create a dingbat SVG font. Combined with this online converter: http://onlinefontconverter.com/ you can then turn it into a ttf, otf, or some other font usable by your system.

    I tried it and it works quite well. Here is a screenshot of wordpad showing a ttf with four glyphs I doodled following the tutorial document.
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    Wow...

    That is cool.

    So... let's say I had made a series of images of a con-alphabet for a con-lang in GIMP... would you say it's feasible to import these into inkscape, using this svg font tutorial, combined with the onlinefontconverter site, to turn that GIMPy alphabet into a semi-useable TTF? Granted, I realize it wouldn't be super professional-looking (not knowing a thing, as I do, about such subjects as kerning, etc.) And using the straight GIMP images without cleaning up into a smooth-looking vector image will mean I'd have scaling and anti-aliasing issues... but it sounds feasible..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karro View Post
    Wow...

    That is cool.

    So... let's say I had made a series of images of a con-alphabet for a con-lang in GIMP... would you say it's feasible to import these into inkscape, using this svg font tutorial, combined with the onlinefontconverter site, to turn that GIMPy alphabet into a semi-useable TTF? Granted, I realize it wouldn't be super professional-looking (not knowing a thing, as I do, about such subjects as kerning, etc.) And using the straight GIMP images without cleaning up into a smooth-looking vector image will mean I'd have scaling and anti-aliasing issues... but it sounds feasible..
    Inkscape can do a fairly decent trace bitmap, so don't worry about anti-aliasing issues. Post up a png and I'll run a couple characters through the process for you!

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    Oh great and wise and [begin ass kissing] [/end ass kissing] Rob A... does GIMP handle SVG on its own? Do we have to have Inkscape to undertake this miracle?
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    SVG is a vector format, therefore you need a vector app to work with it. GIMP is raster and does not output vector objects. Though I might still have to use Inkscape to do this, I may try a workaround in Xara Xtreme Pro 4.0 as it can import/export SVG as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobA View Post
    Inkscape can do a fairly decent trace bitmap, so don't worry about anti-aliasing issues. Post up a png and I'll run a couple characters through the process for you!

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    Will do, but it will be tonight at the earliest when I do so, and possibly not then (I have to paint some cabinet doors tonight).
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    Inkscape specifically supports SVG font sets (though poorly for the moment - it was a Google Summer of Code project last year), and the online converter will convert from SVG font sets. Don't know if XARA (while supporting SVG) can do SVG font-sets.

    Gimp can do basic SVG import/rendering and path export (as SVG) but that is it. I like to use the two together.

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    Here are a few example characters of the alphabet I've worked on.
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    Wow...

    That is really cool. I am super-impressed! I'd been looking for a way to do this (to experiment with when I had free time) if it were possible, but this kind of blows my socks off.
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