Why is the cost of fonts that you can buy on the Internet, so high (seen fonts for a few hundred euros). I have a rather vague idea about the process of creating fonts, so I do not quite understand what caused these prices.
Each letter of the font is drawn separately, let's count:
The Latin alphabet is 26 letters
+ the title is still 26
+ there is still ~80 additional characters from the Latin alphabet (the Latin alphabet is used not only in English), but we assume that everything we don't need them, and for simplicity we take account 18
+ 10 digits from 0 to 9
+ special characters is approximately 20
Total: 26+26+18+10+20=100 independent characters which still need bold text, italic, and oblique (Yes it's not the same as italic, I recently learned)
I'm a programmer/coder and probably made a mistake somewhere in my calculations, but when I asked a similar question, answers it to draw 400 characters is not so easy job as it might seem at first glance.
Hazel.Wel answered on October 8th 19 at 00:37
Several hundred euros is not the limit.
Just try to imagine — how much time is required to draw all the letters (both large and small, and often in several languages) and symbols that are designed in the same style.
It's not the logo paint, which often also costs a few hundred euros.
Eulalia22 answered on October 8th 19 at 00:39
100 euros is 4 hours, where you saw that it is expensive? If it is expensive then draw your own font in 4 hours.
antonette.Gislas answered on October 8th 19 at 00:41
Not enough to draw the letters, they need to stand in a single style. Need to make the font readable at different sizes. It is necessary to know the features of each letter and relations between the elements of these letters.
Read, for example "Book of letters" or "Living typography" and try to understand it and remember. Maybe then it will be clear.
nikita.Stracke answered on October 8th 19 at 00:43
In addition to the number of characters there is still such a thing as "kerning". It is necessary to weight kempingowych pairs to define, and in most cases this is done by eye. Even the font is not just a set of images, is software. Especially OTF-fonts.
That is, the drawing is about 1/5 of the total volume of work.
Still have bold faces, italic, bold italic. And they often must be combined with each other. That is hundreds of thousands of combinations should lead to harmony.
Here is such a plate. The work is actually even years in some cases, and not a one-man operation and sometimes several.
Well, read how did Paratype fonts PT Sans/Serif and so on. How many there were of analytical work done, and how much time is spent on the same hinting.