Distractor font an old letterpress typeface with free download
Distractor font is released today! The inspiration behind this font was the old letterpress styles and hand printed lettering – I just love that hand printed style.
Distractor is my third font, yeah. I’m really enjoying learning new things and getting all creative.
Creating the distractor font
I’m still on a long learning curve but I’m definitely getting better. Learning on the job so to speak. Like I said I wanted to make it look like a hand-printed font—but how?
I started off my creating textures using a print roller and ink. This would give me enough design grunge to make it look hand-printed.
The textures looked amazing so good in fact, I decided to sell them at my shop.
All that texture goodness was cleaned up in photoshop and then vectorized in illustrator. So much detail in the texture might cause me a few problems.
The devil is in the detail
I’ve learned that you can only fit so much detail into a typeface before Fontographer throws a wobbly and either crashes or just plain refuses to work.
At this point I have to say Fontographer is just crap. It’s the worst bit of software I’ve used in a long time. I’m hoping someone will jump into this arena one day and make a better piece of software.
Keep it simple stupid
So I had to simplify everything. What you are seeing in the screenshots is only about 30% of the detail of my original Photoshop creations, really annoying.
Mind you, I don’t actually know how many vector points you can fit in a glyph, I can’t seem to find that info anywhere.
What is included?
Well, this time round I’ve done lowercase, uppercase and numbers, but only a few other characters like a period, comma, dash and an equal glyph. You can view some samples of how Distractor Slab serif looks below.
I’ve updated it to include western and central european characters, and added a few more punctuation marks—around 280 glyphs now.
Buy Distractor commercial font for £5
The full commercial version of distractor now with around 280 glyphs.
Get the limited free version below
Free for non-commercial use, it has a limited character set, but enough to take it for a spin.
Please note: Although this font is free, it can not be distributed by individuals, bulletin board systems, FTP sites, WWW sites, etc., without prior permission.
That is all.