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turn your handwriting into a font

Have you ever wondered how to turn your handwriting into a font {or to simply create a font!}?

About a year ago, I discovered this fun app that allows you to create fonts, gives you lettering templates and is so easy to navigate. It is a big hit with everyone in our household.

While you may not get perfectly connecting letters and hundreds of extra glyphs, it is a super simple way to turn your handwriting into a font.

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You can purchase the iFontMaker app in the app store {it is $6.99, which is spendy for an app, but totally worth it, especially because you can create as many fonts as you wish}.

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You can watch the full tutorial for how to create a font on the iFontMaker site, but it’s quite simple: open the app, select paintbrush size and font you want to use as a template, then draw each glyph. I use a stylus for extra control, but you can use your finger as well. Once your letters/symbols are drawn, click the button to build your font, follow the prompts and then download to use on your computer {if you need help installing a font, scroll to the bottom of this post to learn how. It’s super easy and so fun.

I made a few new fonts using this app {you can learn how to download them all below}.

scratch-font

stand-tall-font

bubble-font freshman-font

One of the best things about creating fonts this way is that my kids love it too. Audrey likes to trace her letters {great practice!} and the boys drew out their writing which we turned into cute penmanship fonts. Now we will always remember what their printing looked like at nine, seven and five.

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So grab the app, draw out your letters and have fun with your new fonts.

You are welcome to add my new fonts to your font library as well … can you ever have too many?!

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All four fonts are free and can be downloaded from The Archive.  It’s our way to organize all of the best freebies, templates, downloads and make it easier for you to find and access them. Simply click on the image above to join.

Enjoy!

22 Responses to turn your handwriting into a font

  1. Sandy October 26, 2013 at 4:17 am #

    So cute! And you are generous for sharing them for free…:). Thank you for that option!

  2. Chaney October 23, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    LOVE these fonts, Emily! My favorite is the Bubble font :).

    There’s a free site that will let you turn your handwriting into a font as well. I’ve used it and it doesn’t look quite as smooth as the iPad app, but it gets the job done! http://www.myscriptfont.com/

  3. Karen Main October 21, 2013 at 12:54 am #

    This is so brilliant. Thank you thank you

  4. Krysta October 20, 2013 at 7:40 am #

    Can you share where you got your stylus from? I love it and am making a Christmas wishlist soon and would like to add it on to mine! :) Thanks for sharing this post! I LOVE this and can’t wait to try it out myself :)

    • emily October 21, 2013 at 8:49 am #

      I think I bought it at office depot. Nothing fancy – but it is pretty cute!

  5. erin smith October 19, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

    Emily,
    I love that you did this with your kids to remember their handwriting! what a good idea!

    I’m looking for a stylus and there are too many options!. which one do you have? would you recommend getting that one?

    thanks!

  6. Carrie October 19, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    I love documenting the kiddos writing! And adore the “freshman” font you made.

  7. Shelley October 19, 2013 at 9:21 am #

    This is so cool. Unfortunately I don’t have an ipad. Do you know of any similar program for pc users?

    • Shelley October 19, 2013 at 9:25 am #

      Should’ve searched BEFORE post previous comment! Here’s a link to a windows 8 version using a tablet , which I’ve been considering. I’m looking at a bamboo–would like to find a used one!
      http://eijtom.com/ifontmaker-win/

  8. Gwendolyn October 18, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

    I love this app. Have you tried the paper app by fifty three? I would think you would enjoy the watercolor brush.

    Thanks for sharing the fonts! That’s really fun to have your boys handwriting saved.

  9. Anna October 18, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

    Thanks for sharing your new fonts! Love your little ones writing! I am going to have to download this just for my kids.

  10. Jenn @ The Modern Locket October 18, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

    i love this app!! it makes me so happy to see that someone else loves it, too! for so long i would search & search for the perfect font for a project knowing that it would be a miracle if i came across one that resembled what was in my head. it’s also fun for just playing around…it reminds me of writing all over my book covers in school :)

  11. Elisa from CharmingDoodle October 18, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    Love it! Thank you for sharing this!

  12. grace October 18, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    ooh, so cute .. thank you for sharing! i love your kids handwriting .. maybe you can make it fonts and add them to the archive as well .. please ;-) thank you so much!!!

  13. Julie October 18, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

    Love this, Emily! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Brie October 18, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    Emily, thank you for sharing this! Such a memorable way to capture childrens handwriting. My 3 LOVED your rolls by the way=) And we eat that salad you shared last christmas almost every week! THANKs so much for all you do
    hugs,
    -Brie

  15. Josie Parsley October 18, 2013 at 8:11 am #

    Fabulous post! I am currently doing just this but in an old fashioned manner….do you know if one an upload a picture or do you need to create each one on the app? Love the Scratch typeface, really prettty. Thank you!

  16. Sarah Barksdale Design October 18, 2013 at 7:34 am #

    This is so cool! Thanks for sharing! I am definitely going to get the app!

  17. Michelle A. October 18, 2013 at 7:15 am #

    Oh, the possibilities! Thank you so much for sharing this!

  18. stephany October 18, 2013 at 6:43 am #

    THANK YOU for sharing this!
    Documenting my kids handwriting is an awesome idea!!
    Happy Friday!
    Enjoy this beautiful Pacific Northwest weather we are having…
    stephany

  19. Coral Buckley October 18, 2013 at 6:10 am #

    So cute! Thanks for this!

  20. Angela Ambroise October 18, 2013 at 5:10 am #

    Emily, I really don’t say this often to others, nor am I saying this lightly to you. I really, really love your blog. I enjoy seeing your talent and appreciate how much you share with others. Not only do I love that you share with us, but you seem to enjoy sharing with us. You have such a warm heart and I really love this blog. It has helped me in so many ways and has really brought a spark back to my heart for being creative. So many of life’s bumps and bruises had caused me to give up on my own creativity, but being in your blog presence has caused a few sparks that I am allowing, once again, to catch flame.

    Just know you are touching many lives in many ways, and I thank you for it!

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