An Extremely Late, Less Serious Post

Hey, anyone remember when I said three weeks ago that I was going to be posting weekly again?  No one?  Well, me neither, but I figured Spring Break was as good a time as any to start.  So, as some of you may remember I promised a less serious post (which is a bummer ’cause I had a few very good serious posts in mind).  So today I’m going to teach you how to turn your handwriting in to a font.

Now, some of you may be wondering, why would I need/want my handwriting as a font?  Others, like me, are wondering, so how do I do this, I’ve been waiting my whole life to type in my handwriting on my computer.  I regret to inform the latter group, that you’re going to have to wait a little while longer.

For those who still aren’t convinced, here’s a few reasons as to why you need a handwriting font in your life.

  1. Bragging Rights
  2. Typing up handwritten notes
  3. Just because

Wait, that’s it?  I couldn’t come up with any other reasons?  If you can come up with any other reasons, comment below.  Now, on to the part where I actually tell you how to do it.

  1. First, go to this website.
  2. Second, download and print the provided template (PDF works best, and any standard printing paper should be fine).  It says you can do it in a paint program, but I would strongly suggest against that.  It won’t look anything like your handwriting.
  3. Using a thin sharpie or felt tip pen write each letter, symbol and character inside the form.  Don’t trace the letter, write them in each box as you would write the letter normally (unless of course you write outrageously large, then of course you may want to write a tad smaller).
  4. Now, scan the page onto your computer (depending on your setup this may be indirect or direct, you may wish to have a USB flash drive on hand).  Make sure you scan it black and white, and if your scanner has the option, scan it as 300 dpi and as a .jpeg or .pdf file format.
  5. Back on the same website as before, upload the scan we just created.  Give it a name.  Mine was called ParkerScript.  Wow, such an original name.  For compatibility purposes, you may want to convert it to a TTF file.  OTF works to, just not with some very old programs and computers (i.e. more than 10 years old).
  6. Download your font.  Double-click the file.  Congratulations, your handwriting is now a font on your computer!  Open up your favorite offline text editor and try using it!

Please note that this tutorial will probably not work for your phone, or any online text editor such as Google Docs or Office Online.

Whooh, that took me all of ten minutes to write.  It hopefully took you even less than that to complete the tutorial.  That’s all for this week.


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