HOW-TO MAKE YOUR HANDWRITING A FONT

As promised I am going to discuss turning your handwriting into a font. I am not going to go into the step-by-step as there are too many variables, but I am going to load you with resources and get you pointed in the right direction to get started on your project today.  I did a lot of research on this for a branding client I worked with which I highly recommended that they create a custom font (typeface) for their brand as their logo was just a type treatment and it would be a beautiful, subtle and elegant way to continue to brand their company.  For you my friend, you may want to do something like this to brand your blog/company and make it as unique as you are or even to get into font production. 
  • ONLINE FONT CREATION-There are a few online font tools to create a font from your handwriting. Although it is fun to be able to see your hand created as a font so swiftly, these lack the ability to adjust your font and make it more precise, but if you want something immediately than this may be a good route to go for you in the beginning.  Both Fontifier and Myscriptfont are a complete a template, scan it + upload = font is created!
  • SOFTWARE-The most popular and the one across the board that I found most custom fonts are created with is called Font Lab.  Like most new software you start to use there is a learning curve, but it is a robust software and if you plan on creating many fonts that you may want to re-sell this is definitely something you will want to look into. It's an investment for sure.
  • HIRE A PRO-If you are serious about becoming a hand lettering designer or don't have the patience or time to learn a new software program I highly recommend a professional font creator; someone that knows the software inside and out and can anticipate situations with your font design that you may not. There are so many little nuances that come up that it would be nearly impossible for you to produce a perfectly production ready font on your first go.  I corresponded with Silas Dilworth a professional font designer and asked him if he could give us an idea of cost for the average person to hire a font designer of course this is just ballpark range and not a stone cold figure, his answer was "anywhere from $1,500-$5,000".  I have invested plenty a pretty penny into my business so that seems like a rather fair amount for a design that is yours and you can sell like hotcakes if it's amazing (which I know yours is). I think most entrepreneurs want passive income where they produce something and don't really have to worry about production costs or fulfillment. Font design, if you are a talented enough sounds like it could be very lucrative. If you want to look into hiring a pro Silas would be a great resource (he emails you back like lightening) and here are a few other candidates that I don't know personally but seemed pretty legit--Font Haus, David Occhino, Typotheque.

Good luck!  If you do create a font let me know, I would love to see it!

P.S. If you like the 'today' font in the graphic above you can add it to your font collection for free here.


Merissa Revestir (August 2, 2012 at 3:24 AM)  

This is so interesting. I've always wanted to turn my handwriting into a font. Thanks so much for all of the info. Totally going to look into this more :) Loved this post!

TM (August 2, 2012 at 3:28 AM)  

yes, please, and thank you.

Irena Graf (August 2, 2012 at 5:22 AM)  

great post, just created my own font thanks to you!

Anh Le (August 2, 2012 at 5:42 AM)  

such a great post as always. thanks for sharing all helpful info and i especially like the "today" front that you posted. cheers

Amy (August 2, 2012 at 7:31 AM)  

Ooh-la-la, what fun!

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam (August 2, 2012 at 7:36 AM)  

Awesome! I know a lady who should turn her handwriting into a font. Wonder if she'd let me mess with it?!

Miss B. (August 2, 2012 at 9:11 AM)  

Merissa I think you should, I really do!
TM, you are so welcome:)
Irena, that's so exciting, even the basic ones are great for notes.
Anh, it's a good simple, girly font, but not too girly, lol.
Amy are you going to try it?
Jill, who wouldn't want their writing as a font if it's nice? I don't like mine at all, although my printing isn't half bad;)

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family (August 2, 2012 at 11:22 AM)  

Thank you, Thank you!
I have been wanting to do this!
Miss B!
I gave you a shout out on my blog today! It's the story about how I have been mounting some of the unmounted stamps that I purchased from you!
~Lynne
w/L.

diane @ a spot of whimsy (August 2, 2012 at 10:32 PM)  

i'm so glad you rounded this all up for us - i've been curious about the process and thinking about it, especially because i'm in the middle of the i still love calligraphy course you recommended awhile back now!

and btw, love the course. it's tougher than i thought it would be to get a handle on the flow of the ink, but it's really fun in the process.

oh AND i received my "the yellow house" anchor stamp in the mail today - it is BEAUTIFUL! can't wait to work with it

Miss B. (August 3, 2012 at 9:37 AM)  

Diane so happy you like the class, I did as well! I saw your practice sheets and you are looking like you are so going to get the hang of it! I got my white ink you recommended today can't wait to try it out:)

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