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One of the questions I’m asked the most is, “What font are you using?”  And it’s usually asked when I’ve used a handwritten font.  That’s because handwritten fonts really stand out from the font crowd.

Many of you are stuck with the default computer fonts.  So you end up with elearning courses that all use the same familiar fonts. When you do want a font that’s less formal, you’re kind of stuck with comic sans, and we all know how much people like comic sans.

Sure, you have the option of purchasing more fonts. But font packs can cost a lot; and many of the so-called “free” fonts are only available for non-commercial use.  That means you either buy them or you can’t use them.

Personally, I consider free to mean free, without a bunch of legal, small print gobbledygook.  So what I am doing today is giving you some 100% Grade A free handwritten fonts created by me…and my family.  Use them as you wish.

Create Your Own Handwritten Fonts

Check out the link below.  You complete a template, scan it, and send it to the site to download a handwritten font.  I haven’t used the site, so I can’t speak to the quality or the process, but it sounds interesting.

Handwritten Fonts

The Rapid E-Learning Blog - Free Kuhlmann Family Fonts

Hand Drawn Arrows

The Rapid E-Learning Blog - free hand drawn arrows

Hand Drawn Circles & Lines

The Rapid E-Learning Blog - free circles and lines

Click here to download the handwritten fonts.  Here’s how to install the fonts. And here’s an example of how you can use these free fonts in your elearning courses.

 

Click here to view the Screenr fonts video.

 

Links to other “free” fonts.

You’ll need to check out the licensing agreement for some of the fonts because many seem to only be free for personal, non-commercial use.


 

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85 responses to “Over 100 Free Handwritten Fonts”

Thanks for the mention Tom, can’t wait to see the fonts that get created as a result of this post 🙂

Here is another site of interest, Fonts for Peas:

http://kevinandamanda.com/fonts/fontsforpeas/how-to-get-your-handwriting-as-a-font/

They create fonts from your handwriting for free and distribute these freely on the above site 🙂

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September 29th, 2009

Thanks, Tom, for sharing your fonts!!! Look great…

September 29th, 2009

I’m always trying to find unique fonts for my work and if you like retro styling try downloading some free retro fonts from the Font Diner @ http://www.fontdiner.com/
Do remember to support the font designers and purchase your fonts too. If you are interested in knowing more about font designers and their work go to MYFonts newsletter @ http://new.myfonts.com/newsletters/cc/

Tom, you rock!!! (always)

I learn so much from you every week…and get more ‘addicted’ and passionate about my profession.

Thank you so much for making my job so much easier…and pleasant!

hugs from Barcelona.

Awesome info, Tom! What a great way to lend an organic look to slides!

QUESTION: Instead of using a tablet PC, do you think a mouse tablet like the Genius or the Wacom Bamboo would work? thanks!

Thanks Tom, Is there a way to download these fonts to the existing Microsoft office font folder?

That was a cool blog, Tom! I’ve no tablett PC but could find a free service to convert my handwriting.

http://www.fontcapture.com

This is great and I look forward to adding to my project. However, I am new at designing elearning and a bit technically challenged still at this point. Once I download your fonts and extract the files I get a series of TTF files. What do I need to do to acually use them? Do I need the True Type program? I love your site and refer to it often, but we are very limited on tools and resources and learning this as we go. Sometimes it gets technically a bit over my head. Any help is appreciated!

thank you!

I wanted to thank you for sharing about custom fonts and font creation on your latest blog. This is something I have always wanted to incorporate in my e-learning but never knew how! I can’t wait to start using them in future e-learning courses!

@Dave: I did a test of my Wacom with the Vista OS. http://screenr.com/py7 I don’t have the font software on that laptop, but it might work.

@installing fonts: you can try to right click on the font to install or open the fonts folder (c:windows/fonts) and drag the font into the folder.

Hey Tom! Just so happens my step-daughter and myself used YourFonts.com to create our own hand-written fonts. My step-daugther is learning how to type and to get her more motivated and make it fun, I thought it would be neat if she had her own hand-writing appear on the screen as she’s learning to type. Amazing how more involved she is now!

Here’s another site I uses. These are more comic related as the author of this site is a professional comic letterer artist. Not all are free, but the free fonts he offers are…well, free! You can get speech bubbles here, too. He’s also got a great article on how to use text in speech bubbles to show emotion so be sure to check the articles section titled, “Comic Book Grammar & Tradition.”
http://www.blambot.com/fonts.shtml

Count me in! I’ll get you my fonts shortly!

Don’t forget this list of 25 Geek Fonts:
http://www.rewardprograms.org/thefreegeek/features/top_25_geekiest_free_fonts_and_where_you_can_get_them.html

Very great resource for lots of really geeky fonts.

I created a quick screencast to show how to install the fonts. http://screenr.com/qI7

September 29th, 2009

Excellent Tom, now I know how a presentation becomes more alive and more individually!
Further in such a way. Very soon I will try to produce my first elearnig course with Articulate, in your blog I find many excellent tips.
Quite good idea with your Challenge!

Tom,

Eli has a great sense of humor and his own way of approaching things. I bet he keeps you on your toes. 😉 Thank you for another helpful post.

I’ve used the Wacom Bamboo with success, to answer @Dave.

@Valeria, if you read this, please email me. I lived in Spain, and enjoy connecting with colleagues there:

info@RidgeViewMedia.com

Wow, thanks for this, Tom! See, I’m all into typography and even though I know how fonts are made, I never knew such easy and friendly software like this one; I’m sure I’ll be using the crap out of it.

You’re awesome! thanks, bro.

I wish that Microsoft would let the MyFont Tool be installed on any machine and used with a wacom tablet. But I am excited to try on my Tablet.

Hi Tom

I used the http://www.fontcapture.com free tool and it worked great! It only took about 10 minutes tops to create, scan, upload and install my fonts. Thanks for the wonderful lessons and the free fonts.

September 29th, 2009

As always – so very easy to do. Really appreciate the ideas!

What about us Mac users? Is all the fun limited to you PC weenies?

I’m not sure if there’s an easy font creation tool for the Mac. The fonts should work for the Mac, though. http://screenr.com/STH

Thank you Tom, but how where should I be saving these files so that I can use in Microsoft programs?

Thank you very much, Tom. You are great as usual. I keep waiting for your posts as they always bring something new. The Microsoft Power Toys for tablet PC are are for XP edition, can they work for Vista to create these fonts? Is there any way to go for fonts in other languages, particularly Arabic? Thanks again.

@Huda: I tested the application on my Vista PC and used a Wacom tablet. It looks like both work fine. http://screenr.com/28H

Tom, tried to install the My Font Tool for Table PC from Microsoft Power Toys link you provided. I use a Wacom with Windows XP and during the install I received this message: “Can only be installed on a Tablet PC.” Just to let your readers know if they have the same combination as I do it doesn’t work. 🙁

That makes sense. XP required a Tablet PC edition. However, Vista is tablet enabled.

Hi Tom,
Fantastic post……I’ve been trying to figure out how to ‘personalise’ content with hand-drawn circles & underlines for ages! One question – for anyone out there – I managed to install the font under the Control Panel option, but currently it’s only visible under the Font List for MS-Word……I can’t get it to show as an available font in PowerPoint – what am I doing wrong?

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What happens if you reboot PPT or the PC? Sometimes the fonts show up small and difficult to read in the font list, as well.

Your idea on fonts is a great one. More after I scribble!

October 1st, 2009

Hi Tom, thank you for this great post! I already created two fonts. I used Rolf’s link (fontcapture.com) as I don’t have a Tablet PC. I converted my handwriting and another font that has been under development since 8th grade, when I was into secret codes 🙂 – it’s called Xylographic Raw and has an alien look to it. Hard to read!

I will send them to you.

Thanks Tom for another useful post – I used the MyFont Tool for Tablet PC on a tablet running Vista – it was quick and easy to create the font and have now it in my fonts folder on the C: (it works for both Word and PPT). In MyFont Tool there isn’t an option for the € or £ – other than using a different character for these and remembering, is there any way to add other characters such as these to the font?

Man, I’m having a blast making fonts! I’m handwriting them but also tracing them on Illustrator and onto the templete. This is sweet! I’ll let you know when I’m done with a few =)

Hi all,

A great resource for free fonts is: http://www.fontspace.com, which has over 11,000 free fonts!

Dan

Was watching the Google Wave video and thought this could easily be the theme/format for an elearning course. Good use of handwriting and drawn elements.

October 5th, 2009

Very fun-looking, but I’m stymied at the moment–

Any one have a recommendation for a good, preferably convertible-style tablet PC? Which ones do you-all have, if you wouldn’t mind sharing, and what do you like about them for rapid e-learning development?

Long story: I have a Gateway convertible tablet (CX-2618) and the stylus/screen system used a stylus that transmitted signals (battery operated). The stylus battery was not designed to be replaced. The stylus is no longer made, and a replacement via EBay is just from someone’s cache of old ones–I tried purchasing an old one, and it did not work. Gateway was sold; the screen/stylus mftr went out of business. Too bad, because the system was much more responsive than some of the other tablet PCs available at the time–felt almost like a WACOM tablet. Still have an old serial port WACOM–Guess I’ll have to dig it out and see if it works with this machine and TabletXP. Will replace this one when W7 comes out….until then the basic unit is a good one.

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I like the Lenovo’s. Check out http://www.gottabemobile.com, they have some reviews of the newer tablets.

October 7th, 2009

Great input tom, just created a set of handwritten fonts that I will use in a variety of applications, mindmaps, presentations etc.
with the usually available fonts, courses have become uniform and boring.
Let me know where to post the fonts and I will do it in a second
thanks and best regards
theo

Tom – thanks for the fonts! I’ve used them in a PP and now would like to hand off that PP to someone who doesn’t have your fonts installed. When I tried to embed them (Save as-tools-save options)while saving the file, I got a license restriction error. Any way I can work around that?

Thanks!
Pam

@Pam: apparently the free font tool creates the fonts with those restrictions. I haven’t discovered a way to change that.

bummer

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LOVE these fonts- and thanks for the tutorial on how to install them. The first two ways didn’t work for me, so I really appreciate you showing us multiple ways to do it.

Hi Tom, I really enjoy your blog and was excited to use these hand drawn fonts in a presentation. I finally had a good application for them (and they do look great) but when I go to embed them in the Power Point, a “cannot save some fonts due to license restriction” message pops up. I am using your kuhlarrows and kuhltom fonts, are there some restrictions to them?
Thanks and keep up the great work, Chris

@Chris: When I wrote the post, I didn’t realize that the free application places some restrictions on them by default. Not sure why. That means you can’t embed the fonts. Wish that there was something I could do to change the settings, but I can’t. However, you’re more than welcome to share them.

[…] a previous post, I shared some free handwritten fonts.  Today, we’ll explore how you might use them in your elearning […]

Tom, I love your handwritten fonts and had actually used them in a case scenario I was building in PowerPoint but had to change directions because, unlike other free fonts available on the web, I could not embed them because of license restrictions.

It would be great if you could change this so that we could distribute elearning made with your font to individuals who didn’t have access to it.

@Sam: good point if you’re sharing documents that require the user have the same fonts

@Jeanne: yeah, that’s a bummer. Unfortunately whoever designed the free font creation tool has it set so the fonts have that lame restricted license which makes embedding them impossible. However, you can freely share them and if you publish with a PowerPoint to Flash application it shouldn’t matter

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Hey – thanks so much for these fonts, they work a treat.

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Thanks for sharing these Tom – very cool idea!!
I’m using some of them in my courses now.

January 19th, 2011

You can create font on a tabletPC can you create them on a desktop PC and if so How? great information too by the way excellent.

March 13th, 2011

it ‘s very good!

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Fontcapture and YourFonts are both the same and non-free. You need to pay 9,95 Dollar to get you own handwritten font.

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June 24th, 2011

I went to create my free font on http://www.yourfonts.com/ as shown by you, but just to let you know while uploading the font is free, downloading the font you just created, is NOT! They want me to pay $14.95 for my own hand writing!

I used Kuhltom2 in a file using InDesign CS3. When I go to export as a .pdf it tells me it can’t embed the font due to restrictions in the font file. It says that the font must be installed to view or print this file properly with Adobe Acrobat. The font is installed on my computer through font book. Anyone know what is wrong? I am using a mac.

@Rachel: apparently the person who built the tool has it set that the fonts you create has these restrictions. I wish I had known that before posting. Sorry.

September 23rd, 2011

Thank you very much. It works very well in my pc.

[…] Tom Kuhlmann over at Articulate has a great post and links for handwriting-looking graphics and fonts.  I just used some of these in an elearning module for my online course. […]

October 15th, 2012

Hi Tom,
I own windows 7 Tablet with pen and I have the Microsoft Tablet PC but I was unable to find the Power toys for windows 7 I have search Google for Handwritten Fonts for windows 7. Can you please help me find it or can you email a link.
Thanks Avi

@Avi: they may have moved it. Here’s a link that may work.

Hi Tom,
Thank you for your help. I followed the link and downloaded the file but I am still unable to get the form that you have in you demo, do I need to download the form first. As I have mentioned I have the Tablet PC with windows 7 and office 2010
Thanks Avi

@Avi: the application is kind of old, so it may not work properly anymore. 🙁

October 17th, 2012

Hi Tom, do you have any other suggestions or equivalent software I can purchase?Thanks Avi

@Avi: I don’t know of any software other than the links I have on the site.

Hi Tom,
I have found the My font Tools link that works with Onenote 2010
http://download.cnet.com/My-Font-Tool/3001-18483_4-10628468.html?spi=12a8855d98e8c1d85c68eeeda3fdfab8