When adding text to illustrations, it's fun to match the style with hand lettering; however, sometimes it gets time consuming. I'm going to show you how to create and manipulate a reusable hand lettered alphabet. Sites likes MyScriptFont and PaintFont make it easy to create basic handwriting fonts - I'll be using MyScriptFont in this post.
1. PRINT & WRITE
Instead of creating uppercase and lowercase characters, I made the "lowercase" characters alternate versions of my capital letters. This comes in handy when you have to type something with repeated letters. You can just type "s" and "S" and it will produce two slightly different looks - this gives your piece a more convincing hand drawn feel.
Upload your file to the generator. I've named my font "CYS All Caps".
3. DOWNLOAD & Install
Download and install your font. The result is nowhere near perfect, but it's so simple to make your handwriting reusable! You can stop here, but I made this font to type short phrases and manipulate the letters in Illustrator - so let's go on.
My font straight out of the MyScriptFont generator looks a little wobbly. That's okay for some projects, but it's not what I'm looking for at the moment.
- Type out your text. I'm going to type out my website, cindyyshaw.com, to put on the back of some cards.
- You can take this opportunity to adjust the spacing in the type options box.
- Next I'll convert the text to outlines (Type > Create Outlines) and ungroup them (Object > Ungroup). From here, you can move your individual letters around to your liking. I'm just going to move each letter up and down to get the exact look I want.
Now I can use this font as a starting point for countless projects. No more drawing and redrawing letters for every design I make! If you'd like to use the font I created in this tutorial, click the button below:
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