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handwriting fontAdd the ultimate personal touch to any document: turn your handwriting into a font and use that. There’s a lot of creative potential here, and it’s a lot easier to do than you’d think thanks to MyScriptFont.

Friends don’t let friends use Comic Sans Combat Chronic Comic Sans Font Misusage With These 3 Sites Combat Chronic Comic Sans Font Misusage With These 3 Sites It seems like wherever you are, there is always going to be some form of the printed word within your field of view. With so many words floating around, designers take great care to make... Read More . It’s just a bad idea. If you want a font that looks handwritten, don’t mess around: create a custom handwriting font with your own writing and use that.

Once you do so the possibilities are endless. You can easily use your own handwriting for that comic you’re working on. You can add “hand-written” notes to your favorite photo. Or you could just type notes and print them, because you’re too lazy to actually write a letter but want to pretend you did.

It’s entirely up to you, and with MyScriptFont the process to create a handwriting font couldn’t be simpler. Download and print a PDF, then fill in the squares with your own handwritten letters. Scan that, upload and the site will do the rest. Let’s work through the process together right now.

Making Your Handwriting Font

To get started head to MyScriptFont.com. You’ll see the following straightforward instructions:

handwriting font

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Download the PDF and print it out. Use a black, felt-tipped pen and fill in all of the letters. Yes: you have to use an actual pen and paper. Accented characters, which you’ll find at the bottom of the page, are optional but recommended. When you’re done, scan your printed document in grey-scale.

cursive handwriting font

Save your scanned file as an image and you’re ready to upload. Head back to MyScriptFont.com and upload your filled in form. You’ll need to wait a while; the processing can take a while.

cursive handwriting font

When it’s done you’ll see a preview of your new font, and be able to download it. My handwriting is terrible, so my font kind of sucks:

cursive handwriting font

Happily my wife Kathy has legible handwriting, so her font works quite well. Check it out:

handwriting font

These handwriting fonta are great for adding a personal touch to documents, so use your imagination. Your handwriting reflects your personality, so this font will as well. Sure, it’s not as flexible or emotive as your actual handwriting, but it’s a great way to quickly add a personal touch to a presentation or document.

Not sure how to install this font on your computer? Don’t worry; it’s easy. Tina outlined how to install fonts on Windows, Mac and Linux How To Install Fonts on Windows, Mac & Linux How To Install Fonts on Windows, Mac & Linux Read More , so check that out if you’re not sure what to do with your new font file. On most systems you can simply open the font and click the “Install” button, but the above directions can help if you’re not sure what to do.

Conclusion

Of course, this isn’t the only way to make your own handwriting font: we’ve outlined tools for making your very own fonts 2 Free Tools To Make Your Own Text Font 2 Free Tools To Make Your Own Text Font Read More before. If you want to try your hand at typography those tools are worth checking out, at least to start with.

Found a font on a piece of paper or online image, but aren’t sure what font it is? Rather than designing it yourself you should check out WhatFont, a site that can identify almost any font WhatFont: Find Out What Any Type Of Font Is On A Webpage [Cross-Platform] WhatFont: Find Out What Any Type Of Font Is On A Webpage [Cross-Platform] Have you ever been on a website and wondered “What type of font is that?!” I have. And depending on your interests and area of focus, you may even do it more than the typical... Read More . You won’t be disappointed.

How are you going to use your custom font? Let me know in the comments below, along with links to your creations if you’re so inclined to share with the world.

  1. lilidesigns
    May 2, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Hey Justin! You are a typographer/designers dream come true. Here's a brain buster question for you:

    Any idea how to create alternates of english letters? When we write naturally, our letters are different every time. I'm trying to figure out a way to somehow have a font automatically alternate between, say, three of my handwriting fonts. This way every letter appears different (at least in the course of a paragraph ;)

    In Adobe CC programs, I could manually switch the fonts, but wondering if you have any solutions?

    THANK YOU

  2. Melisa
    December 2, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Thank you very much for sharing this information. It helped a lot.

    • Justin Pot
      December 2, 2015 at 2:38 pm

      I'm really glad it was helpful!

  3. seegal
    June 24, 2015 at 5:22 am

    Really nice idea. The rest is a question rather than a comment: Is it possible to add this font to Excel spreadsheet and Word on a Mac? I do mail merge using Excel spreadsheet and would love to do a "handwritten" version.It will be also great to use it for signatures.

    • Justin Pot
      June 24, 2015 at 2:32 pm

      Seegal,

      You could use this font in Word and Excel documents, but only people with the font installed will see it on their computers. If you make an image or a PDF, however, they'll be able to see it.

  4. Amy
    December 25, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Great article. How long do you think the process would take? I'm considering using it with my classes (12 year olds and up) as part of a handrwriting lesson...

    • Justin Pot
      December 26, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      It doesn't take more than a few minutes, once you've got the form filled out! You need a scanner, though.

  5. Tuesday Peacock
    June 25, 2013 at 6:58 am

    I have a question.will my recipient be able to see my handwriting without installing that font in his computer?

    • Justin Pot
      June 25, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      In general, no, but if you create a PDF your fonts will be embedded.

      • Tuesday Peacock
        June 25, 2013 at 1:23 pm

        Cool!Thanks a lot...

  6. Justin Beirapadua
    February 20, 2013 at 12:57 am

    wow.. im gonna popularize my handwriting :D

  7. Ron Lister
    February 19, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    I'll try it out. Might be another nice way to personalize my automated reminders. Thanks Justin.

  8. Susan
    February 19, 2013 at 10:21 am

    This has to be one of the neatest ideas ever imagined. Not only do you have a unique font but I must mention, as an educator, this would encourage any child to learn to keyboard. While actual printing is important, this program would allow children to see instantly what they could write if they practiced. The font could also be used on publisher for a number of ways, not limited to, invitations, letters to santa, crafts, and even unique lettering for a child's room. Definitely an asset to any family, young and old!

  9. STEPHEN NG
    February 14, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    This is a great idea. That means I can type my own unique handwriting. Being ambidextrous, I have 2 sets of handwriting so it will be fun to create 2 sets of fonts. I am gonna give this a try and see what happens.

  10. Mara Averick
    February 14, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    I am stoked to try this- I remember spending an entire three-hour flight filling out a 'turn your handwriting into a font' form in a SkyMall catalogue circa 1993 only to be devastated when my father balked at dropping a cool C-note for his third grader to get personalized typography... Guess that 20 year wait was worth it!

  11. Fatih Hamzah
    February 14, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Great. thanks! but with this way, we can also make the handwritings".png" file with graphic tablet for better quality if you have, ive not try it but good idea also to give it a try :)

  12. Mac Witty
    February 14, 2013 at 10:15 am

    No I'm not going to try. I have hard to read my own handwriting and I do not think it will be better in this way :)

    • Justin Pot
      February 14, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      Know your limits, right? :)

  13. Akhil Kumar
    February 14, 2013 at 7:40 am

    This is just great! Exactly what I wanted. Thanks, Justin! You made my day.

  14. Nevzat Akkaya
    February 14, 2013 at 7:17 am

    Looks fantastic! What a good idea.

  15. Schvenn Meister
    February 14, 2013 at 1:51 am

    LONG LIVE COMIC SANS!!! (runs at a windmill)

    • Justin Pot
      February 14, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      Great comment, or the greatest comment? I'm going to go with "Greatest".

  16. Anonymous
    February 13, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Pretty cool. I will have to give this a try in my best penmanship. And then maybe a scribbly version.

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      February 17, 2013 at 11:16 am

      You can share the result here. I'm collecting 'handwritten' fonts.

  17. Lawton Sack
    February 13, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    You think a fine point Sharpie marker would work well? I don't know the last time I have had a felt pen.

    • Justin Pot
      February 13, 2013 at 9:34 pm

      Should work fine, I'd think. Try it out.

      • Lawton Sack
        February 13, 2013 at 9:54 pm

        Just did it. It turned out pretty. An ultrafine sharpie would have been better for the lowercase letters, especially e,g, and k. Thanks for the link.

        • Justin Pot
          February 13, 2013 at 10:12 pm

          Glad to hear it worked! Feel free to share your font, if you're feeling brave.

        • Lisa Santika Onggrid
          February 17, 2013 at 11:15 am

          Can you please share your font?

  18. Kate Luella
    February 13, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    OMG this is so old school, you've got to get the iPad APP iFontMaker $7.50 on APP store - it is amazing - it makes this look sad, AND it has way too many features to list, did i mention it makes it super easy!!! Go check that one out...

    :) Kate

    • Justin Pot
      February 13, 2013 at 10:13 pm

      Ha, well some of us like to use good old fashioned paper when you're designing a digital version of our hand writing. It's personal, okay?

      And seriously: I will look into this. Wonder if there's an Android equivalent?

  19. Jacques Knipe
    February 13, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    I am definitely going to give this a try. Will really come in handy when I have assignments and the lecturer says "No typing allowed, handwritten assignments only!"

    • Justin Pot
      February 13, 2013 at 7:27 pm

      Teachers still say that? That's amazing, I assumed that ended five years ago...

      Best of luck to you, then. I hope this fools them...

      • Kate Luella
        February 13, 2013 at 10:37 pm

        haha - yes of course, it is personal! but, I've done both, and trust me, if you like this idea, you'll love the iPad app. You can write it on the iPad with your finger, make it bigger, fatter, smoother, it really is amazing. With this paper idea, you write it, and then if you don't like it, it's almost impossible to edit.

        If you like this idea, you'll love the App, it is a bumma its $7.50, but I can't find a comparison atm so I figure they have a bit of a monolopy!

        And yes, if you find an android equivalent, I'd love to hear about that too, I'm a bit over the Apple Apps atm (sore point - don't ask!)

        :) Kate

        • Justin Pot
          February 14, 2013 at 4:08 pm

          Did some research...Interesting...

          http://font2go.co/

          Guess I've got one of my articles for the next couple of weeks worked out :) I'll let you all know how it is.

      • Brian Mok
        February 13, 2013 at 11:41 pm

        Yeah, really? It's the exact opposite for me. "No handwritten assignments allowed, only typed."

        • Jacques Knipe
          February 14, 2013 at 7:22 am

          Wish I had your lecturers. Yeah mine still want to "kick it oldschool." Don't think this will fool them for long, when they actually have to read the assignment, but I might get away with it once or twice.

        • Justin Pot
          February 14, 2013 at 4:07 pm

          Good luck!

      • Lisa Santika Onggrid
        February 17, 2013 at 11:14 am

        Definitely not. We still do a lot of assignments manually, though there are some teachers who prefer typed assignments since they wouldn't have to deal with illegible handwriting.
        By the way, Your teacher will be able to tell that it isn't real handwriting. It'll be too uniform, too neat, and looks like printed ink.

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