This article describes how to create fonts from SVG icons with two tools of of your choice: either Icons8 App or Icomoon.io.

Option 1. Icons8 App

Icons8 Web App fully supports generation of the web fonts.

  1. Free users, upload your own SVGs, go to Collection tab and click Generate Font.
  2. Paid users, select the icons and click Generate Font.
Screenshot with two steps showing how to generate a font with Icons8 App

One can generate
a font in two easy steps
in Icons8 Web App

Uptate March 2014: We’re including simplified SVGs into the icon packs, and that simplified the process a lot: you only need steps 1 and 6: buy icons and immediately create icons with third party tools.

Option 2. Icomoon.io and Other Tools

1. Buy SVG icons or download them somewhere.

There are numerous icon packs; for example, here we keep our collection of the largest icon packs on Pinterest. Alternatively, you may want to try generating font with this free sample.

2. Open in Adobe Illustrator
From the remaining 1%, we’ve lost another 50%. But hey, here’s a free 14 day trial. You’ll see the icon like this:

Sample icon editable

As you can see, all lines are separate objects. It’s great if you’d like to edit it, but it’s not if you produce a font file.

3. Remove the invisible box around the icon
It’s needed for better rasterization in Photoshop, but now we don’t need it. Select it and press Delete or Del. Try pressing everything until it goes to hell. The icon looks the same, but now you can’t select only the box.

4. Merge it
Select all (Cmd+A or Ctrl+A) and choose Object → Expand from menu. Check everything and click ok.

5. Join it
In Pathfinder palette (if it’s not on the screen, choose Window → Pathfinder in menu). Click this button:

Pathfinder

Now save.

6. Create font in a font viewer.
There are many, for example Fontello or IcoMoon (check our full review of tools for icon editing):

 

Fontello

 

Done! As we’ve got readers lost on each step, congratulations! You’re 0.00001% of winners who finished all the steps!

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