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[Tutorial] Font Conversion- TTF/OTF to FontX2
[Tutorial] Font Conversion- TTF/OTF to FontX2 –
Im sure there are more skillful ways to make a fontx2, but this is a simple, yet effective way to make a useful fontx2 font to use in the PS2 for any homebrew that supports fontx2. You will be converting your font twice, unless the font you wish to use isnt TTF/OTF, then you will need to convert it to either of those formats first, then return when ready.
This tutorial only covers converting a TTF/OTF font to FontX2 format, as other font types arent supported. So you will need to create your font in TTF/OTF first and it must be installed to your Windows Fonts.
This is not a tutorial on how to edit the characters (glyphs), but if you know how to create/edit glyphs, the Softy program can also edit glyphs.
Windows Font Installer (included with Windows)
Select Font Type > Bitmap
Select File > Get TTF Bitmaps
A window of your installed fonts will display, but only those compatible with the Softy program.
Choose the font you wish to convert,the size and style, then OK
(You may need to experiment with the size, as fonts come in all different sizes/shapes)
Select Font > Header
Font Header Window:
Change the Font Name to something not in your Windows Font directory, as this is going to be the name displayed there by the system.
Change the Character Set to OEM
You can also look in the 'Size' to see the character size for H/W, but dont change it or you may mess up the appearance of the glyphs.
Select File > Save As. . .
Any name will do with no spaces and dont add the extension, thats autmatically added by Softy. This is not the filename used by Windows as an installed font, its just a regular filename on your PC.
Place it somewhere you will find it for the next step, as we need to install it. Press OK
You can close Softy, as we are done with it.
Start > Control Panel > Appearance and Themes
In the left panel is a shortcut to your Font folder
In the Windows Font folder:
Select File > Install New Font
In the bottom left pane, find the folder your new font you just made is located. Select from the list the one you just made (if theres more than one). Click OK and the font will install.
You can close the folder, as we are done with it.
WFONTX needs to run in an Asian Windows environment for a proper conversion process. http://www.greggman.com/japan/xp-ime/xp-ime.htm
open wfontx and select the font you just installed from the list.
Choose the sizes for H/W , i'd start with the size you chose in Softy. There is no specific settings for me to tell you, as fonts come in all different shapes and sizes. You may need to run WFONTX a few times with different size settings til you find the correct sizes that works.
Fill in both the FontX( any name, its not important) and Save Name (be sure to include the extension .FNT) name it whatever you want .
Selecting 'Run!' will display the characters as they are converting, so you can see them during the conversion.
Selecting 'NonStop!' will convert without a display and very quickly. (best choice)
Once the conversion is done, WFONTX will save the FNT file in the same directory its run from.
You can now use the ps2Tek5 app if you want a smaller file sizeby dragging the new.FNT into the compression app, but it will run compressed or uncompressed.
Thats it, go copy it to your USB stick and run it in LBFn and see if you may need to adjust the size settings.
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Thanks JNABK! Now even a noob like me can mess with custom fonts
Nice work JNABK