Hand Drawn Typography: Designing a Font from Your Handwriting

Christine Nishiyama, Illustrator/Writer at Might Could Studios

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11 Videos (20m)
    • Introduction

      1:36
    • Gather Materials

      2:42
    • Creating a Handwriting Sample

      1:04
    • Writing the Letters

      0:52
    • Converting to a Font File

      1:22
    • Refine: Cleaning Up

      7:00
    • Refine: Using Consistent Elements

      1:25
    • Refine: Adjusting Kerning

      1:20
    • Refine: Adding Accent Marks

      0:54
    • Generating the Font

      1:05
    • Typing with the Font!

      1:01

About This Class

In this class, I’ll be showing you how to make a working font from your own handwriting! There are many different ways to make a font, and the process can get very complicated and complex. Type designers can spend months and even years crafting perfectly designed letterforms.

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But for this class, we’re going to stick to the basics and use a simple process that anyone can complete in just a couple hours! Plus, the font is based on your own handwriting, so you’ve already got the design down!

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We’ll go through drawing the letters, using a third-party service to vectorize your letters and create the font file, and then refining the letters and the way they work together.

All you need for this project is a pen and paper, a printer, a scanner, and a copy of the free downloadable programs that I’ll go over in the class.

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Making a handwriting font is like a gateway to font design, and I guarantee after making this font, you’ll want to dive deeper and start designing more fonts! If you do decide you want to dig deeper after this, I’ve included a bonus PDF on type design that digs into type anatomy and design details!  

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So grab a pen and let’s get started!

72 of 72 students recommendSee All

Yaaay! At last I can have my analog handwriting on my digital projects!! Easy, fast and great results! Can't wait to try it ^^
Tina Tamay

videogame 3d artist that love drawing

Great Class! very helpful, thank you
Gisèle Vermelho Münzner

Art Educator - Book Illustrator

Simple, easy to follow and all you need to get going.

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Christine Nishiyama

Illustrator/Writer at Might Could Studios

Hallo! I'm Christine, illustrator and writer at Might Could Studios.

I make books and comics, and I love to draw! I've worked with over 50 companies, created over 15 courses, and taught over 40,000 aspiring and established artists, helping them learn new skills, grow more confident, and develop their unique artistic styles.

I've been drawing for over 20 years, working independently for 5 years, making books for 3 years, and now I'm finally putting my books out into the wild. My ...

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