Fun Free App Friday:

Way back in the day, when there were endless deep piles of snow, uphills both waysCreate a font from your own handwriting, and lunchpails filled only with scraps, people used writing instruments known as “pens” to inscribe letters and words onto dead trees, known as “paper”.  Once the person was finished inscribing, s/he would fold up the paper, tuck that paper inside other paper, and inscribe more words on the front as a means of addressing (kind of like an email address, but way more complicated, taking up three lines or more!)

This whole process was known as “writing and mailing a letter”. Nowadays, of course, this antiquated technology has been surpassed by IM, texting, Twitter, and status updates on Facebook. I think we can all agree that there is nothing that needs to be said if it can’t be said in 140 characters or less! But let’s say for a minute that you wanted to “write and mail a letter, ” but didn’t want to go all the way back to 1920 to do it. How about writing a letter on the computer?  The downside is, of course, the thought of sending a personal, warm note to Granny in Times New Roman font.  Horrible!  She’ll think it’s the insurance company bothering her again.  Wouldn’t it be so much nicer to have a font made from your own handwriting?  It adds that personal touch, and can be used in Microsoft Word, or even in graphics programs to add your own caption to a funny picture of the dog with its head stuck in the peanut butter jar.

It used to be that creating computer fonts was a time- and labor-intensive process. Today, however, its really quite easy (and free!) thanks to! Here’s how it works:

  1. Download their template and print it out.  The template is basically a grid with spaces for all the letters in the alphabet, numbers, and punctuation like ‘!’, ‘?’, and so on.
  2. Fill out the template with your handwriting.
  3. Scan the completed template.
  4. Upload the scanned image of the completed template.
  5. Preview and download your own customized font!


  1. Rita Spence Pavolka

    I like this. I’m going to have to try it out, but only use my best handwriting. When I write quickly I’d compete with most docs for being illegible.

  2. Rick Nelson

    Too bad bought out Font Capture now. If you try to access, you’re redirected to Every one of the FREE personal handwriting font sites keeps disappearing or starts charging for their services. Font Capture seemed like a great tool, but sadly, it no longer exists. I would donate to these sites, but there’s no way I’d pay $10 every time I wanted a new font.

    • Amy Neymeyr

      Wow, that’s unfortunate Rick. You’re right, and I haven’t been able to find a free alternative. On the other hand, compared to the price of Fontographer or TypeTool, $10 seems pretty reasonable, especially if you’re only interested in creating a few fonts.

  3. Rebecca Pattillo

    This was a really fun entry! I got so excited about trying this out for free until I read the comments! How sad!! But $10 might just be worth it… 🙂

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