Get Your Own Free Handwriting Font

Now you have even more options to get your handwriting font created by Darcy Baldwin {fontography}. Click for more details!

Get Your Own Handwriting Font with these options
(and one option is free!)

You can purchase a handwriting font service from me using these handy order buttons. Place your order, and within a few hours of the receipt of your order (usually within a few minutes), you’ll receive a download, at the email address you used, with the instructions on how to create and send in your handwriting font sample. I typically have a 48 hour turnaround time.

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What’s the difference between the Custom and Exclusive Font Services?

  • Custom Fonts allow  you to have your font done, but I still maintain the rights for distribution – meaning I can use them to give away, on my blog, at my commercial sites, etc. $15/$20 respectively.
  • Exclusive Fonts allow you to maintain all those rights, yourself.
  • There is no difference in the quality of the fonts, just in how the fonts are used after the font is complete.

This is a service for your personal use only, not for re-sale. If you want to get a font created for you that you plan to sell, or will be using for a multi-person business marketing, or or in any other business capacity, please contact me here for more information and a quote.

Want to purchase without using Paypal? You can purchase the service here.

What supplies do I need?

  • A good pen. And by good pen, I mean a hard-nibbed pen like a Sharpie Ultra Fine Point, a Zig Millenium (the .05 or  .08mm), Sakura (though I recommend the thickest of the pens), a Foray pen, or these from Pilot or even a calligraphy pen. But please make sure that they are brand new, not an “I’ve had this in my drawer for a year and only used it once” new. The better the nib of the pen, the smoother the stroke will be, giving you a much better font in the end. Please don’t use a felt tip pen, a marker, ball point pen, crayon or pencil unless you want a look of one of those mediums. If you’re looking for a sharp crisp look, go with my pen suggestions.
  • Paper. Graph paper is my paper of choice (and not something that you printed off from the internet) or even white art paper. Computer paper is next, but it’s helpful if you have something lined underneath it to give you a sense of space to keep your letter shapes even. Notebook paper is fine, too, but if you see that the ink is bleeding into the paper a lot (blobs at the end of your letters, soaking in to the paper as you draw), you might want to find a different notebook paper.
  • Scanner. One that scans in photo quality scans, in color, and at 300dpi. No less, no more.
  • If you are really adept with a mouse/tablet and can draw your sample in Illustrator, feel free to do that as well!

What do I need to include?

•All characters on the keyboard in this order:

A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z

a  b  c  d  e  f  g  h  i  j  k  l  m  n  o  p  q  r  s  t  u  v  w  x  y  z

0  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9

!  ”  #  $  %  &  ‘  (  )  *  +  ,  –  .  /  :  ;  <  =  >  ?  @  [  \  ]  {   |  }  ~

Did you notice how there is a lot of space between letters here? Please be sure to leave lots of space between each of your letters.

•Add any special language characters you might need.

•Add up to 5 doodles – these will replace some lesser used punctuation marks.

•Any combination letters you create like th where you form them different than the two separate characters.

•A suggestion for the name of your font.

•And please add this sentence to the bottom of your page so I can see your natural handwriting. Please be sure to include the quotation marks.

“The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy blue dog who was laying on a rug he bought from Target
for $24.97. The Quick Brown Fox’s Socks Looked Rusted & Worn.”

What makes a good sample?

A good sample combines a great pen, good paper and a great scan. Here’s an image of a good sample. The order of the sections doesn’t matter, just the order of the characters does.

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  • Leave lots of space between letters
  • Use a good pen, the right paper and the instructions I gave above. It will make your font much better in the end.
  • Remember to keep your proportions similar. People typically have letters that are approximately the same size when writing in a fluid line, so make sure you’re keeping that when you’re writing your sample letters.
  • If you make a mistake, just cross that letter out and write it again.
  • Practice beforehand. Before you sit down to write your final sheet, practice on some pages beforehand to get a feel for the natural flow of your writing and get your hand warmed up.

Here are some examples of not-so-great samples:

 

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So what about that Free Font option?!

Once you’ve read through all of these instructions and samples and you think you might like to do it, please read this following series of statements.

  • I accept only print fonts for the free service. If you would like to have a cursive font done, or would like to ensure that your font is used only for you, please order the appropriate service at the top of the post.
  • While I would love to do all the fonts that are submitted, I have only so much time in my day.
  • If you submit and I can complete your font, I will get back to you within a few days. If you haven’t heard from me after a week, or if you need it in a more timely manner, please feel free to choose the paid option above.
  • You will receive a message that I have received your font sample – so you won’t be left hanging not knowing if I received it or not, I just cannot guarantee that I can complete it.
  • I won’t be able to go back and edit or tell you how to fix a font sample, so please follow the hints above in creating your sample.
  • If your font is chosen to create for this free font service, I will be using it on the site promotionally. If you would prefer for that not to happen, please purchase the exclusive font service at the top of the page.

Wouldn't this be really awesome? It's something I've always been meaning to do!

Think you’re ready now? Send your sample following all of the above suggestions to: djbfonts at gmail.com

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4 thoughts on “Get Your Own Free Handwriting Font

  1. I’m considering this service, but what if my handwriting is a combination of print and cursive? I use both when I write.

    • Hi, Tammy! You can just jot down a few sentences of your natural writing and scan it or take a photo of it, then send it to djbfonts @ gmail.com. I’ll let you know which one it falls into. I give a little leeway to a mixed handwriting depending on how intricate it will be to do.

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