How to Turn Your Handwriting into a Font

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Turn Your Handwriting Into a Font

Do you like using different fonts?  Today’s Daily Smartening shows you how to turn your handwriting into a font.

It’s useful if you make greeting cards on your computer, if you do scrapbooking, or if you want to include a personalized touch in your email signature, etc.

You will need:

  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • Marker (I just used a regular Sharpie)

Step 1

Go to calligraphr.com and register for a free account. You’ll have to confirm your account with the email they send you.

Step 2

After you’ve verified your email address, go back to calligraphr.com and log in. Click on Templates in the upper left corner.

turn handwriting into font step 1

Step 3

In the left-side menu, click on “Minimal English”. Then on the top menu (on the right side), click “Download Template”.  Download the template and print it out. It’s useful to print 2 or 3 copies in case the first try doesn’t work. Then you can try again without starting over from the beginning.

handwriting template

Step 4

Using a marker, write your letters in the template boxes.  There are faint grey lines inside the main boxes, so stay within those light gray lines. I think they’re hard to see, so look carefully.

I made the boxes bigger, so mine takes up two pages. Here’s my first page:

my handwriting template

You just need to make sure you keep those 4 square boxes in the four corners because it won’t work without those.

Step 5

Scan your completed template, save it as .jpg, then go back to calligraphr.com. Click on “My Fonts” then “Upload Template”. Upload your picture.

Step 6

After you upload it, your characters will display. Click “Add Characters to Font” in the bottom right corner.

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Step 7

In the top menu, click “Build Font”. A dialog box will pop up, so just click “Build” there.

Step 8

It will show you your font, so download it by clicking the .ttf file.  You can also use an .otf file.  .ttf is an older format, so I chose that one.

building a handwriting font

Step 9

Once it downloads, you need to install it. For me, I right-clicked on it, chose “Show in folder”. I selected the ttf file, right-clicked, and chose “Install”. It’s possible that installing a font is a different process on your computer.

Tah Dah!  You’re done!

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Michele Swensen is a writer and web designer who loves learning, animals, writing, reading, and playing the piano. She’s a member of Mensa and a college graduate.

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Michele Swensen is a writer and web designer who loves learning, animals, writing, reading, and playing the piano. She’s a member of Mensa and a college graduate.
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