How to make a handwritten font?

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Hello,

I want to make my own handwriting font for personal use, but I don't want it to be low quality (Calligraphr, etc). I use Glyphs for type design, does anyone know how I would make the font? I had the basic idea of just writing down letters and then taking pictures of them to trace over, but that feels like an inefficient way to do that. DOes anyone have any tips?

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  • Yves Michel
    Yves Michel Posts: 162
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    I started some handwritten fonts with Calligrapher and then by using Fontlab (or its predecessors Fontographer, Studio 5, etc.) The quality doesn't come from Calligrapher but from the lot of work needed to improve each glyph.
    If your letters are detached, it's already a big adventure, but if your letters are connected, expect a little more time!
    Goof luck! 
  • Yves Michel
    Yves Michel Posts: 162
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    Sorry! GOOD luck!
  • Jens Kutilek
    Jens Kutilek Posts: 345
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    FWIW, I wrote about my process designing FF Uberhand in a Quora article.


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    If finally you decide to enroll it, please use this link, so my commission is higher:
    Good luck!
  • Thomas Phinney
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    If you are interested in a connected script font in particular, you should also take a look at this tutorial by Laura Worthington. It is an ancient one using FontLab Studio 5, but that isn’t very important; understanding how to design glyphs so they can (relatively!) easily connect smoothly is independent of the particular font editor you are using.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kV-QtSOWapI
  • Yves Michel
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    Hi there,
    Thomas is absolutely right: I forgot to tell you about Laura Worthington's videos.
    I used them to design my connected script "Abecedary" font (available on daFont) with FL Studio 5 and FL6.