Technology Tip: How to create a font of your own handwriting
December 11, 2009
Writing a letter or typing an email just got personal again.
Reading a hand-typed letter from a loved one just does not have the personal touch of a handwritten letter. I have some beautifully-written love notes that my great-grandparents wrote to each other before they were married. Imagine if these notes were typed by a computer?
With this new technology, you can (almost) have the best of both worlds. FontCapture will turn your own handwriting into your personal font that you can use when writing letters, typing emails, or typing anything where you can change the font.
Here's a letter I just typed to my mom in my own handwriting (click on image to enlarge):
And here's an email I just typed, again in my own handwriting (click on image to enlarge):
Pretty cool, isn't it? And it's really easy to do. Plus, it's free. Just head over to www.fontcapture.com and print their template. Then, with a good pen, transcribe the characters/letters in the template, scan it, and upload it. FontCapture turns your handwriting into a font that both Windows and Mac computers can use.
This works great if you're printing the document, but if you plan on sending an email/document to someone electronically in your own handwriting, they will first have to install your font on their computer before they can see your handwriting. This too is easy to do. Just attach the fontname.ttf file (that FontCapture creates for you) to an email, and have your correspondant copy the file to their Windows\Fonts folder.
You can continue to type your letters and emails, but now you can do it with a personal touch - your own handwriting.
What a great freebie! Just a heads up, though. It works great for printed letters, but cursive writing doesn't work so well. It looks a little disjointed. But, all in all, it's a lot of fun!
Posted by: Dede Holden | December 12, 2009 at 06:30 AM
Dede - you're right. I wish it would do cursive. I did locate software that would do this for around $150. Non-cursive is going to be fine for today.
Posted by: Geoff Rasmussen | December 12, 2009 at 07:30 AM
After I made my alphabet and downloaded in TT, my font folder would not accept itas a legitimate font.
Posted by: K E Lay | December 15, 2009 at 12:12 PM
Great tool for scrapbookers wanting to add personal journal entries to their photo albums too. Just print out on paper of choice. Look forward to trying it out.
Posted by: Liz | December 16, 2009 at 01:21 AM
Just want to say "thank" for this post! I did my hand printing, and really like the result. (or maybe I should say it looks like my writing).
I blogged about your post and linked back to your post! Once again, Thanks!
Posted by: Sherry Kline | December 17, 2009 at 11:12 PM
My handwriting font works fine on my computer and would be great for printing out letters etc, but I find that when I send an email using it, the recipients can't see it as anything other than normal print, unless perhaps I send my font file to them to add into their own font folder, which they probably don't want to do - have other people found this problem too?
Posted by: Jo Featherston | December 29, 2009 at 04:16 PM
Jo - you are correct, the person on the receiving end would have to have your font installed on their computer.
Posted by: Geoff Rasmussen | December 29, 2009 at 04:26 PM
I was too slow. The price is now $9.95.
Posted by: JL Beeken | January 13, 2010 at 05:55 PM
With http://www.myscriptfont.com you can create a vector font of your handwriting for free.
Posted by: Thomas Staub | August 12, 2010 at 03:10 AM