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A Free Font Generation Service

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Screen shot by J Kyrnin

YourFonts.com is a free service that allows you to create your own fonts. You can create a sample of your own handwriting in just a few minutes. The fonts you create are copyrighted by you and you can use them in any program you own or create custom banners for your websites.

Easy to Use

YourFonts.com is very easy to use. In fact, the hardest thing about it for me was writing my letters so that I liked them. I filled in the template 3 times before I was satisfied. And even after that I had to resubmit it twice.

Be Sure to Read the Instructions

YourFonts.com template

Fill in the template with your new font, scan it in and upload the picture to YourFonts.com

Template for J Kyrnin

Seems very straightforward, but be sure to read all the instructions before you start. I did read them, but then got caught by a few anyway, such as:

I used both a ball point and a gel pen to create my font. I recommend using a gel pen. The weight of the font is heavier, but you get a more reliably solid line in the box.

Be sure to follow the instructions regarding the guide marks for the fonts. Don't print the template and just start writing.

There is no mention (that I could find) of the 5MB limit for your template.

It accepts PNG, but when I started with PNG files, I was getting gigantic scans, that hit their 5MB limit.

Don't forget to change the copyright notice from "YourName" to your actual name. I didn't fall for this, but I'm sure some people might.

The image must be between 1000 and 4000 pixels wide and 1000 and 5000 high. Larger or smaller won't work.

If you get all that done right, it just takes a few minutes to create your font.

Use Your Font Anywhere

What's really nice about YourFonts.com is that it's so quick. Just a few minutes after I had uploaded my template file, I was downloading a TTF file of my font.

Because it's a TTF file I can use it anywhere. It shows up in all my applications that use fonts, from Photoshop and Dreamweaver to Evernote and TextEdit. I tried it on my Windows machine and it worked fine.

You Could Become a Type Designer

Jenn's Font

Jenn's Font - the font I made in YourFonts.com saved as a TrueType file and loaded into my Font Book.

Font copyright J Kyrnin

Since you can create as many fonts as you like, you could create a handwriting font and a printing font of your own handwriting. You could create new fonts all your own. There are even glyphs for accented characters if you want to create a font that includes more than basic characters.

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