Create a Font from Your Handwriting

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Calligraphr.com

I’ve been busily creating things over the last several weeks.  Some things have happened at work that have me even more sure that I want to get my business launched so I can work for myself rather than depending on an employer.

In addition to creating new stickers, covers, and the like for my sticker business, I remembered seeing a video about creating a font using your own handwriting.  So I went searching and found the website Calligraphr.

Basically, you print out a template and then write in the letters (capital and lowercase), numbers, and punctuation in your own handwriting.  You then scan and upload the template with your writing and the site will create a font for you from your handwriting.

You do have to create an account and provide an email address, but you get one font for free.  Delete your one free font (after you save the files and install the font on your computer) and you can then create another free font.  (You can only save one font file at a time with the free account.)  When I made mine, my hand was a bit shaky and some of the capital letters aren’t that neat.

I also noticed that when I tested out the font in a document, it was very small.  At 12 pt it looked like this:

MyFont12pt

As you can see, it’s small and pretty hard to read.  I tried making it larger:

MyFont24pt

Much easier to read, but I’m curious if there’s a tweak I missed somewhere to increase the size before the font file is created.  I’ll check next time – I want to try creating one that’s more of a calligraphy style font, but still in my own hand.

When you generate the font, you can also choose from two file types – OTT or TrueType.  The OTT file lets you add fancy flourishes and such, but unless you’re a professional font designer, the TrueType font is usually sufficient.

Calligraphr states that your font files are yours to use whenever and wherever you see fit, including commercial uses.  You can also upgrade to a paid account, which lets you create multiple fonts with additional features not available with the free account.

It was cool to see my handwriting in use as I typed, and even though I can’t make fancy flourishes and such, having a font that looks my own handwriting will surely let me be kinder to my carpal tunnel.  It means I can type notes that look handwritten and personal, something I’m sure I can use with my sticker business.  I may try some digital journaling using this font and see how I like it.

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