How To Create A Computer-Font From Your Own Handwriting - Verbal to visual video - doug neill - sketchnoting, visual note-taking, doodling, visual notes

Create A Computer-Ready Font From Your Own Handwriting

As a pen-and-paper sketchnoter, I’ve got a strong connection to writing by hand. It’s my favorite way to write, and I don’t plan on giving that up anytime soon.

But for some text-heavy projects it would be nice to have a computer-ready font of my own handwriting so that I don’t have to go through the time consuming process (described here) of writing all of that text out by hand, then scanning, vectorizing, and laying it out properly.

It turns out that there are some free tools that will help you to create your own font. In this video I test out one of those tools – My Script Font.

You start by filling out this template with upper- and lower-case alphabets:


Then you scan that in and upload the image file, and a font is created for you!

Here’s how mine turned out:


The result isn’t quite as clean as I’d like, so I plan to continue experimenting with other font-creation tools that allow for small adjustments to be made throughout the process.

But for a free tool, not too shabby!

Give this tool a try yourself, and see if you like the font that results.


Want To Dig Deeper?

If you’re new to the idea of sketchnoting and excited to develop more visual thinking tools, I think you’d enjoy our foundational course An Introduction To Visual Note-Taking.

If you’d like to make sketchnoted videos like the one you saw here, we’ve got a course for that too! Check out How To Make Sketchnote Videos.

And if you’re an educator interested in bringing visual note-taking into your classroom, check out Sketchnoting In The Classroom.