The Lost Art of Font-Making
CHAT PREFERENCES - I'm sure we've all been wandering around the NeoBoards one
day, when we wandered into a topic. All of the sudden, you were hypnotized by
a very good-looking font! Chances are, that person had another person make that
font. Why? There are very few font-makers in the enormous world of Neopia. That
stops here and now, for I'm going to teach you how to make your own font! It takes
hours of practice, is mind-boggling, and virtually impossible. Or at least, it
DID... till this guide was invented. Now, it's as easy as Dirt Pie!
First, think of the font you want. Do you want it to be green and pink, yellow
and blue, or simply to match your avatar on the NeoBoards? You'd really be surprised
by the number of fonts; there's a whole world and a half of them! Once you've
decided what you want your font to be like, you move on to the next step: Actually
Obviously, since this is the title of the article, this step is the main focus.
It is long, and divided into several paragraphs, yet not hard. Here it is, the
Lost Art of Font-Making!
Step 1: Devising the font: Before you add any extras, like glows or shadows,
you must design the font! First type something like this into the font box:
[font c=blue s=5 f=new times roman] What that means is you simply told the font
what it will look like. 'C' is color, so after it, you type '=[insert color
here]' and that will be the font's color. It accepts colors such as black, pink,
purple, red, blue, light blue (no spaces when you type it), dark blue (no spaces
when you type it), green... I can't list every one here, it would simply take
Next, 'S', is the size. There are several sizes, 7 to be exact. Size 1 being
the smallest and Size 7 being the biggest, and Size 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 being
medium-ish. So, you type after 'S', '=[insert number 1-7 here] and you get your
font size! Hooray, we are almost at the next step!
Finally, you need to know about the 'F'. What does it mean? It's the font
face. In other words, you type script for cursive, new times roman for the font
you see now, blah, blah, blah. You can start up your computer's WordPad,
it'll have a list a faces. Anyway, onto what you put after the 'F': '=[insert
font face here]' Yeah. I only use new times roman, script, and Arial (a face
quite similar to new times roman). Now, we can (finally) move on to the next
Step 2: Adding a Glow: I'm sure you've seen a font that was pink, and had
a shade of yellow, and was glowing blue (or at least something similar to that).
You thought the glow was cool, right? Then, go ahead, add one to your font,
as soon as I teach you! Here is an example of adding a glow (as before, we'll
go over the separate parts): [glow c=purple] I'm sure that made as much sense
as Chewing Dung to you, but you'll get it eventually.
First, we analyze the 'glow' part of the font. Yes, 'glow' can stand alone
in the glow part of the font. Like this: [glow] It doesn't have a really interesting
color, just a yellowish tint. Unless you want your font to glow yellow, you
might as well add a color to it. We will go over how to do that next.
The 'C' part of the glow. Hmmmm..... What do you think the 'c' stands for?
If you said color, congratulations! You are getting the hang of font-making!
Anyway, you simply put a color there, after that '='. The same ones you could
use in Step1 will still work here. Well, the rest is self-explanatory. Onto
Step 3: Adding a Shadow: Wow, we are almost done now! Anyway, here's the example
shadow code:[shadow c=red s=5] Unlike glow, shadow cannot stand alone. It needs
the extra features. Now, I' ll explain the extra features.
'C'. This seems vaguely familiar to you, now doesn't it? Right again, Mr.
(or Mrs. or Ms.) Font-Maker! It's the COLOR! As before, the same colors in Step
1 will work here.
'S'. You may not remember, but think back to the first step. Now, what does
the 'S' stand for? Right, size. With shadow, the same sizes work. Yep, 1-7.
I don't have to show you what comes after the '=', it's pretty self-explanatory.
Step 4: Extras: Yay, this is the one-before-last step! Extras are those fonts
that sparkle, the fonts that automatically post emotiocons, the fonts that have
words before and after their post... There's also rainbow and double glow fonts,
but that's to learn another time. Extras are VERY simple, and require no code.
Here's how to make extras:
First, how to get a sparkly font. This will ONLY work if your font has a glow,
and sometimes won't work anyway. (^__^) After all your font, glow and shadow
code, you put the code for the emotiocons you want. It MUST be animated. Here's
an example: *violin* NeoHTML *violin* The 'NeoHTML' part is changed to what
you post, whenever you post. The *violin* triggers an emotiocons where a little
blue smile head plays a violin. Any animated emotiocons works though.
When you do the sparkly font extra, you automatically have emotiocons before
and after your post, but you can add non-animated ones, it just won't make your
Having words before and after your post is similar to the emotiocons way,
just type what you want to be there after and before 'NeOHTML' in your font
Step 5: Ending the Font: Compared to all that you just did, this is as easy
as blinking your eye. After 'NeOHTML' in your font, put [/shadow] [/glow] [/font]
IN THAT ORDER. This is critical to your font, you need it. Well, that was simple,
Congratulations! You have just created your own font! I told you it was simple,
didn't I? Also, if you were curious to see how the example font looked, here
it is: [font c=blue s=5 f=new times roman] [glow c=purple] [shadow c=red s=5]
*violin* 'NeOHTML' *violin* [/shadow] [/glow] [/font] Heh, you might want to
try that out! Anyway, thank you for taking the time to read my guide. Happy
font-making, and have a great year! Author's Note: Thanks goes to the user samsb11,
who not only taught me how to make fonts, made me a font, and inspired me to
write this article. Thank you samsb11! Also, if you have any questions, comments,
or suggestions, please don't hesitate to Neomail me, even if it's negative!
I want feedback!