Fun with fonts

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A Google search for creating a font from handwriting flagged up several sites and software. The first attempt happened at My Script Font, first download and print a pdf with boxes for each letter, write the letters into the boxes and then scan the page and upload the scan to the site. The first attempt with handwriting wasn’t working, it’s a trial and error process.

The matt cook rubber stamp uses Caslon Pro Bold so the next attempt was to use this font to create a hand rendered logo. First open the pdf in Pages, then place the Caslon Pro letters into the boxes of the pdf. Next, print this document and trace the letters on layout paper. Then scan the layout paper and upload to the site – the result is the first font shown below. Now off to try another site – Paint Font is pretty much the same thing, but the pdf is over two pages and more space is given to write letters. This site made the second font below by the same process.

Still, both fonts came out significantly smaller than standard fonts, characters were missing, and the baseline, spacing and kerning were not working, therefore to fix this fonts need to be edited in font making software. Free to download is Font Forge, and it’s great! Open each font, then the adjustments can be made. Now, in order to get them working on the website web fonts must be created, this is easily done at Font Squirrel. Now fonts made with a pen can be used for word processing and on the website.

Grumpy wizards make toxic brew for the evil Queen and Jack.

Grumpy wizards make toxic brew for the evil Queen and Jack.

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The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

Grumpy wizards make toxic brew for the evil Queen and Jack.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

Grumpy wizards make toxic brew for the evil Queen and Jack.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

2 Comments on “Fun with fonts”

  1. A tracing of a traced font, then a tracing of the tracing, repeated until the words become illegible.

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