Sunday, March 15, 2009
Often times my work demands that I use a variety of fonts. There are tons of free fonts available on the internet and in this posting I told you where you could find them and how to install them for your own use.
Most font creating software is complicated, difficult to navigate and has a rather extensive learning curve. Years ago I had purchased a piece of software that promised to turn my own
handwriting into a font. That was fine then, but this software is long outdated and can no longer run efficiently on my computer.
Through some research I have found a simple to use, completely free solution. In a few easy steps that take mere minutes to implement you can create your own font! Use your own handwriting, create a stylized font or even a "dingbat" font.
The only requirements to use this program are a printer and a scanner, (or in lieu of that some image editing software that allows you to input your designs directly into the template). You will need the printer to print the template needed to design your font and a scanner to upload the template to the site. Once you have uploaded the scanned template you will be sent a font that is easily installed for your use.
The fonts that are generated through the My Fonts software are "vector based and thus scalable without loss of quality. The file extension is .ttf, but the generated fonts are in fact OpenType fonts with TrueType based outlines that will work on Windows, Macintosh, and Linux computers."
Lots of fun and you can even add your own signature to the font. Be creative...but be careful...fonts are addictive.