How can I change the size of a font before I install it?

donkeytappr October 28, 2010
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Really what I’m looking for is an app that I can use to change the font size properties of a font file. I know I can change font sizes system-wide. That’s not what I’m trying to do. I want to be able to make a font larger or smaller PRIOR to installing said font. Does anyone know of an app that I can use to do this on Windows 7 64-bit?

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  1. Mike
    October 28, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    There are various font editors out there:
    http://www.fontlab.com/font-editor/fontographer/
    http://fontforge.sourceforge.net/
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/doubletype/
    http://www.high-logic.com/fontcreator.html

    I haven't used any of them in the last couple of years but I'm afraid none of them offers a "make-it-bigger" button like you want. It usually requires you to edit every single character within the font.

    • donkeytappr
      October 29, 2010 at 3:06 am

      Well, that sucks. How do I do that? Do I need to know how to use some programming language?

      • Mike
        October 29, 2010 at 6:40 am

        Your best chance is to look through various Font editors for such an option or simple method to do it. I'm not saying it's not there - I just don't know of it :)

        Also, you are mislead by the ease of changing the size in Word or whatever program. It's not just a setting telling each character to be xy points or pixels in size. It involves a whole lot of recalculation and anti-aliasing of every single bitmap, stroke or outline/vector.
        This is why some fonts look just awful at certain sizes while others are perfectly scaleable to any size

        E.g. for an outline font (vector font) each vector instruction has to be adapted. Even for an capital "i" this means a whole lot of parameters (startpoint, length, direction, strength, etc.)