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Behold, the size of mine ego!

Handwriting font. Specifically, my handwriting font.

There are many places online you can do this, many for free. They vary in the number of characters they’ll allow (special characters like ampersands and em dashes may not be included), but they all work similarly. Download a template, write the letters in the spaces provided, scan and upload. And viola, .ttf file!

I almost had a hissy fit when I realized I’d done all my work on a template that wasn’t the template of the website I had intended to work with. But as I had done a lot of the work in Photoshop, it was an easy matter to move it from one to another.

The particular site I used is Calligraphr. They have some neat features, like letting you adjust the letter spacing (my handwriting is generally crammed together tight) and letter variants (because if you get a big enough sample, the lack of variation in the letter forms sticks out).

I might even pony up the $8 for one months worth of enhanced service, so I can do a complete character set — numbers, symbols and so on. You get to keep the font when you’re done anyway, paying or not.

Behold, a handwriting crabbed by two and a half decades of communicating with engineers.


Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: June 4, 2019, 9:10 pm

I see you don’t mix case – what kind of person doesn’t mix case in their printing?
I can tell you a lot about the sort of person who does.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 4, 2019, 9:52 pm

I hardly ever use lowercase letters when I print. In fact, the only time is for things like passwords where case data is important.

All caps along a t-square is how I labelled stuff in my job all those years. My hand doesn’t bounce around that much; that’s a function of putting it in the template funny. I kind of like it, though.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: June 4, 2019, 10:13 pm

Hey, that “f” needs to be proportional not monospace…

Comment from Armybrat
Time: June 4, 2019, 10:18 pm

I notice a slightly backward slant to some of your print. You a lefty or a school enforced righty? I have a pronounced backward slant to my print and cursive. My mother says I was always a righty…but I shoot lefty and hand sew lefty. I also eat left or European but I grew up in Europe so that’s a wash.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 4, 2019, 10:48 pm

I’m a little ambidextrous, but really a righty. The backward slant may just be an aberration introduced in Photoshop.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: June 5, 2019, 12:36 am

I’m a Lefty and my handwriting is a mess….as is my printing. I tend to blame Mrs Webster, my third grade teacher, who tried to convert me into a right-handed that year. We had a huge fight about it. My argument,which failed with her, was that I had three years practice writing left-handed and I didn’t want to waste it.

I think she said that I got the worst score she’d ever given in Palmer Method Handwriting.


Comment from Mitch
Time: June 5, 2019, 5:46 am

Ooo fun! I have GORGEOUS handwriting if I do say so myself. And I do say so myself. Both cursive and script, I practice them all the time. I will have to do this. Stay tuned…

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: June 5, 2019, 12:38 pm

Yes, I mix case, wherever, frequently letters are omitted.
I’m sure I’d have been diagnosed with somethingorother that would require me to take Speed but at my age who gives a rat’s ass.

My dad had a beautiful hand for cursive, I only speak it.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: June 5, 2019, 1:10 pm

When I was about nine, my mother decided that my penmanship was horrible. She made me practice that summer, writing out a page of something every day: a page from a kid’s biography of John James Audubon, the letter column in the Jimmy Olsen comic magazine, anything as long as it was a page.

We didn’t have A/C back then. My damp sweaty arm smudged the ink as I worked, so that the end result was worse than my unpracticed school handwriting.

Mom gave up the project after a month. My handwriting eventually got cleaner and clearer.

Comment from Mrs. Peel
Time: June 5, 2019, 2:36 pm

I used to get a lot of complaints about my handwriting from my mom, teachers, etc., and I hated cursive. Imagine my astonishment and, frankly, irritation when I discovered that I had been doing it wrong. All that focus on how I was holding the pencil (my mom even made me use a special grip so my fingers would go in the right place), and the real problem was that no one ever told me I was supposed to be using the muscles in my shoulder girdle, not the muscles in my hand! I think I was 30 when I finally found that out. Now I do like writing in cursive.

(if you saw this post pre-edit, the problem is that my browser cannot render the comment box correctly, so the Post button disappears for any comment longer than a couple sentences. The edit box works just fine, though. So if I have a long comment, I post a couple sentences, then use the edit button.)

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: June 5, 2019, 3:05 pm

I’m glad to know that your jumped-up letter “v” resulted from writing your letters into individual spaces. It was the first thing I spotted when I read what you wrote.

A bunny trail about handwriting: My son spent a several years in Scotland and England in the mid-90s. He made lots of new friends, and when he came home, these friends began writing him. Their handwriting ALL looked the same. While I did not read his letters, I certainly looked at the envelopes, and I could not tell a difference in their script. It was a sort of connected printing. Very utilitarian, and lacking in personal character. Did the U.K. school systems abandon teaching classic “cursive” handwriting for this neutered robotic printing?

Bunny Trail No.2: I am in Year Four of pretending to be a genealogist. I’ve looked at hundreds of census records, marriage documents, handwritten wills, letters, pages from family Bibles, maps (my first love), military records, et cetera. I have found great joy in looking at all these hand-written documents. I bet a master genealogist can glean much information about a person’s origins just from a handwriting sample.

Comment from DurnedYankjee
Time: June 5, 2019, 4:45 pm

What’s all this then? Her Majesty hopes Trump” returns to this country again soon”?

Did she consult his Impetuosity, Khan of Upper and Lower East West Londonistan before making this remark?


Comment from BJM
Time: June 5, 2019, 8:42 pm

@Stoaty How cool is that? I’ve been using Papyrus for ages as it’s similar to my printing…like you I letter on a straightedge in caps. My cursive is illegible no matter how much I practice and getting worse as my hands age.

One day I saw my mother’s face in the mirror and now Gran’s writing on the page. funny how that happens, eh?

@Durned…as one with a large extended family herself, I suspect the Queen was more relaxed within the bosom of the extended Trump family than with the two graceless, colonial hating grifters who preceded him.

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