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Does anyone know of a place where you can create your own handwritten font for free? I used to use, but now they want money. Is there some sort of free, downloadable tool to do this?

BTW: There are some online programs that allow the user to create a font using a mouse. (See this question). Very cool. But, I want something that can take a scan and turn it into a font file.

Any ideas?

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Ooh, I want to know too! – Maxim Zaslavsky Nov 3 '09 at 4:09
Are you trying to scan something and just turn it into a raster font, or are you trying to make a decent quality vector font? – DaveParillo Nov 3 '09 at 5:38

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FontCapture is free. Print out the template, fill it out, scan it back in, and it'll give you a font file. It works similar to YourFonts when that was still free.

If you had read the first sentence of the other post you would have found it. ;)

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Nice. I wonder when the first such program appears which works decently with a Tablet PC so you can simply fill out the form directly on screen and get a high-quality vector outline font from digital ink :-). And the biggest complaint: Latin won't cut it anymore. What about Cyrillic, Greek, Math, nearly all of Unicode? ASCII is barely suitable for anything, sadly. – Joey Nov 3 '09 at 6:17

Some free applications for creating fonts are:

  1. DoubleType

  2. FontForge (requires compilation - see tutorial)

  3. Type Light

There are surely lots of software you could find in Google / Wikipedia though.

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@Seubei: Thanks for the link! Do you know if there are any Windows binaries for FontForge? – Mehrdad May 16 '11 at 3:27
There seems to be no official binary. You may refer to the tutorial for building one binary in windows though.… – Seubei May 16 '11 at 3:29
@Seubei: It seems to be Cygwin-based. I personally really hate Cygwin, so unfortunately that won't work for me. But thanks for the link anyway, +1. – Mehrdad May 16 '11 at 3:30
@Mehrdad: Compilation is troublesome. You may also consider DoubleType / Type Light btw. – Seubei May 16 '11 at 3:48
@Seubei: Ah, Type Light seems to be great, thanks! – Mehrdad May 16 '11 at 3:51

Well, I think I'll update this question a little. FontCapture sends you to YourFonts and they charge $9.95 (plus $5.00 if you upload both template pages).

Fontifier is another alternative, but they charge $9. I would recommend YourFonts anyway.

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It used to be free. Bummer! – User1 Mar 23 '10 at 19:05

This is the fastest, simplest, FREE method I've found so far to create a font from scratch:

  1. Print off a template from MyScriptFont (or just save and import the pdf into Gimp or Photoshop, and write/paste your glyphs into their respective boxes). The template should be in TIFF or PNG and be at least 300dpi. JPG compresses images by default, which is bad for image quality.
  2. Upload the template and save the font file MyScriptFont gives you.
  3. To make it perfect, you will have to edit it. Two free font editing programs are: Type light and Fontforge, although Type light has a much simpler interface for basic editing, and runs natively on windows.
  4. I have found that MyScriptFont sets the x-height too large, and the descender depth too small.
    • You can fix this in Type light by going to Font > Metrics (in Type light).
    • Also, if your font is too small (i.e. size 12 is unreadable), you can change the "EM Unit Size" to be smaller. I used 650.
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I was going to suggest this, great for handwriting :) – Amicable Apr 12 '12 at 15:06

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