How to Create a Font


This wikiHow teaches you how to create your own font using an online service called "Calligraphr". The service is free to use, and will allow you to create a font of up to 75 characters.

Part 1
Downloading the Template

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Go to in your browser.

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You don't need to pay to use Calligraphr, but you do need to create an account using your email address and a password. To do so: Click Get started free at the top of the page. Enter your email address in the "Email" field. Enter a password in the "Password" field. Re-enter the password in the "Password confirmation" field. Check the "I agree to the Terms and Conditions" box. Click SUBMIT

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Open the inbox for the email address that you used to create your account, then open the email from "Calligraphr" and click the link in the email's body. This will take you back to the Calligraphr main page. If you don't see the email marked "Confirm your account" from Calligraphr, check the Spam or Junk folder in your email.

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It's a purple button in the upper-right side of the page.

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This heading is in the upper-left side of the page.

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Click one of the options on the left side of the page, then make sure that you like the preset by reviewing it in the middle of the page. The free version of Calligraphr allows for up to 75 characters. If you choose Minimal English, you'll be able to create the whole alphabet and some special characters.

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It's at the top of the page.

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These options will both ensure that your template is downloaded in the correct format.

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It's in the bottom-right corner of the window.

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This link is to the right of the "Download your template" line at the top of the window. The template will download onto your computer; when it finishes downloading, you can proceed with editing it. If clicking the download link opens the template in a new window, you'll instead right-click the template, click Save as, select a folder on your computer, and click Save. If you don't want to edit your font using your computer's software, you can print the template, draw the font by hand using a Sharpie, and then scan the font back into your computer as a PNG file later.

Part 2
Editing the Template on Windows

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Skip this step if your template downloaded as a single PNG file. To unzip the folder, double-click it, then do the following: Click the Extract tab. Click Extract all Click Extract

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Click the template that you want to edit to do so. If you downloaded a folder with multiple templates, you might want to open the selected template to make sure that it's the right one before you proceed. The "Template 1" option is usually the A-Z, 0-9 template.

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It's in the upper-left side of the window. A toolbar will appear near the top of the window.

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This downward-facing arrow is to the right of the Open button in the "Open" section of the toolbar. A drop-down menu will appear.

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It's near the top of the drop-down menu. Doing so will open your template in the Windows Paint 3D program.

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Using the default pen, create your font by clicking and dragging the mouse in the shape of the letter, number, or symbol that you want to create. If you have a stylus and a pad, use them instead of the mouse. You may have to open your template in a different program to do so. To undo a your last action, click the backward-facing arrow in the upper-right side of the Paint 3D window.

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Press Ctrl+S to do so. You're now ready to upload the template back into Calligraphr, from which point you can create and download a copy of the font for use on your computer.

Part 3
Editing the Template on Mac

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Open the template file's download folder, then click the template file that you want to edit to select it.

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It's a menu item at the top of the screen. A drop-down menu will appear.

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This option is near the top of the drop-down menu. Selecting it prompts a pop-out menu to appear next to your mouse cursor.

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It's in the pop-out menu. The template image will open in Preview.

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This bag-shaped icon is in the upper-right side of the Preview window. You'll see a toolbar appear on the left side of the window.

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It's the squiggly line in the toolbar on the left side of the window.

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Using the "Freehand" pen, create your font by clicking and dragging the mouse in the shape of the letter, number, or symbol that you want to create. If you have a stylus and a pad, use them instead of the mouse. You may have to open your template in a different program to do so.

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Press ⌘ Command+S to do so. You're now ready to upload the template back into Calligraphr, from which point you can create and download a copy of the font for use on your computer.

Part 4
Creating Your Font

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Go to in your browser.

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It's in the top-right side of the page.

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You'll find this option in the upper-left side of the page.

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It's at the top of the page. A new window will open.

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This option is in the middle of the window.

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Go to the place in which you saved the template file that you edited, then click the template file.

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It's in the bottom-right side of the window. Doing so uploads the file.

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This option is at the bottom of the window. Your file will be added to your Calligraphr page.

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It's in the bottom-right side of the page.

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This tab is at the top of the page. Another window will appear.

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In the "Font name" text field, replace "MyFont" with whatever you want to name your font. The name that you choose here will be the name that shows up when you use the font in places like Microsoft Word.

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It's in the lower-right corner of the window. Doing so creates your font.

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You'll see a link ending in ".ttf" and a link ending in ".otf" below the "Font files" heading; if you don't know the difference, click the .ttf file. The font file will download onto your computer, from which point you can install the font on your computer by doing the following: Windows - Double-click the font file, then click Install at the top of the resulting window. Mac - Double-click the font file, then click Install at the bottom of the window.