Creating a personalized font from your own handwriting…

FontCapture is a web based (cloud app) that walks you through a (4)-four step process of creating a font style in your very own handwriting. You will need a fine point marker, printer, scanner, an internet connection and a little computer know-how to make this work.

The FontCapture web site indicates it is a (4)-four step process; however, I found it is actually to be a (6)-six step process from the point of completing the template to actually getting the font style on your PC.

Personally, if you follow all of the steps and take your time completing the template, the end result is very good.  Below is a sample of the results I managed to get.


Step 1: Download and print the the template

Step 2: Complete the template in your own handwriting

Step 3: Scan the template ( >200 dpi) – Save as a PNG file

Step 4: Upload the saved PNG file to FontCapture

Step 5: Preview and Download the converted font file

Step 6: Locate and Copy the downloaded font to your Windows font directory.

Note: If you experience any problems copying the font file to your Windows font directory, I encourage you to follow these “easy” step-by-step instructions on:

“How To Add A Custom Font To Your PC” [ at Tech-for Everyone ]

Update (7 – 1 – 2010): Also see the article “Make Your Own Handwriting Font” using the service Pilot Handwriting.


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  1. Rick,

    I could use this to sign all my checks (or if you’re Canadian – cheques) – if I only had enough money in my account to write checks. LOL!

    Nice little trick though – thanks for this.



    1. Bill,

      Following this process takes a little time and does work. Just make sure you use a finepoint marker.

      Also, this post has been very, very popular. Over serveral thousands hits. Go figure…



  2. Rick,

    CONGRATS on the hits!

    It’s difficult to tell sometimes, just what’s going to be popular, but in this case I’m not particularly surprised.

    Most of us want want our electronic lives to be more “real” and a facsimile signature, as opposed to a printed signature, helps create that illusion, I think.



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