- Open the file in the software of your choice.
- Be sure to make a copy or save under a new name so the original file stays intact for future use.
- Grab a letter or two or three.
- Color them. Texture them. Break them apart.
- Use as drop caps.
- Create monograms.
- Use as part of a logo or wordmark.
Digital Version of Balldrop
As of January 2014, Balldrop is now available as a TTF file. I created it using a free online service. There are various SVG files and other formats as well as the TTF file in the zip files. A-Z are mapped to a-z. No punctuation or numbers. Just the letters you see in the AI file.
See How to Create a Font Using Fontastic.me for how I turned my Illustrator-created Balldrop letters into a digital font. I used all the basic, default settings. Nothing fancy but it does make using Balldrop more convenient.
Creating BalldropI've read that the first fonts that a lot of people attempt are either their own handwriting (I've done that) or some kind of geometric font. This one, with its circles and rectangles, qualifies as geometric.
I created these letters in Adobe Illustrator. It is not based on any other specific typeface. I simple drew some circles and rectangles then began repeating them and flipping them around to form the basic letterforms. Once I had the general look I began creating certain rules for the placement of the dots, and how straight and curved bits interfaced with each other. Although I re-used bits and pieces I also tried to avoid making certain letters too much alike (W is not a flipped over M, for instance; I didn't do so good with E/F though).
Version 1 of Balldrop contains 26 capital letters. Some I rather like, such as M, W, Q, and F. Others, well they could use some work. For version 2 I may end up totally reworking some of the more awkward characters in addition to fine-tuning the others. Since I intended this for use primarily for drop caps and monograms I haven't done any numbers, punctuation, or other characters. A thru Z is all you get for now. These decorative letters look best at large sizes (24 point and greater).
I hope you find a letter or two useful.
Download Balldrop v.1
Adobe Illustrator: Balldrop26.ai
Encapsulated PostScript: Balldrop26.eps
TTF & SVG Files: balldropv1.zip
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