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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.

    turn-your-handwriting-into-a-font

    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}.

    steps-to-make-font

    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.

    kids-handwriting

    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?!

    free-hand-drawn-fonts

    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 thoughts on “turn your handwriting into a font”

    1. 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 :)

    2. 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!

    3. 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.

    4. 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 :)

    5. 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!!!

    6. 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

    7. 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!

    8. 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

    9. 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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