Have you ever grown tired of those all-pervasive serif and sans-serif fonts like Times New Roman and Arial? Ever wanted to make your digital documents, birthday cards or scrapbooks look as though you had written them by hand? Ever wanted to make digital invitations look more personal?
Now you can!
Here’s a really cool website that allows you to do just that:
YourFonts.com is a FREE online font generator that allows you to create your own OpenType fonts within a couple of minutes. Go make your own handwriting as a font!
The instructions are really straightforward and easy to follow:
- Print out a two-page template of the entire alphabet and various special keys
- Complete the template, using a fine permanent marker
- Scan and save the template as a *.jpg, for instance
- Upload the template
- Preview your font
- Install and use.
Much to my amazement, it worked straight away, and – even better – it really didn’t cost anything.
The only downside in digitising my own handwriting like this is that my handwriting is in cursive, with the different letters joined up, rather than with distinct spaces between the letters. I suppose there might be a way of filling in the template such that these spaces are reduced, but I don’t have the time to experiment. What I did try was to reduce the spaces between the letters in Word, and that made it look a bit better.
P.S. When I tried to upload a new set of fonts to the website, it said that there were 33 in the queue before me, and asked me to try again later. I guess this is a very popular site!