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This service will convert your handwriting into a 'true type' font that can be installed in your computer and used like a regular font. You can optionally include your signature in this process so it can be easily be inserted into any document. This font can be used in any application as long as you can install 'true type' fonts in your operating system. We can assure you that this font will work in Ms Windows, but we have not tested it in other operating systems.
1. Print Template
2. Fill Out Template
Use a suitable pen such as a black permanent marker of fine or medium thickness to draw the characters the way that you normally write. Make sure you draw your characters within the designated cells.
Only characters that are written down on the template are added to your font set, so if you only need a few characters, then only write those down. If you don't want accented characters, you can skip page two of the template.
Additional charges will apply if you skip a character in the template and you want that character added later. You will also be charged extra if you request any of your characters to be modified after we've started work; such changes as size or vertical/horizontal positioning.
All cells except the signature cell contain horizontal guidelines (little marks on both left and right side of each cell) that should help you write your characters in a consistent size and positions in each cell. First row in the image below illustrates the best results while the second row shows you what to avoid.
- capt height: The highest point, such as top of 'A'.
- x-height: Highest point of lower case such as 'e'.
- baseline: Line where you write on.
- descender: Lowest point of a character such as 'g'.
Step Three (Scan and Save Template)
When you've drawn all characters you want to include in your font, it's time to scan the completed template. Scan the completed template with the software that came with the scanner, or use any other application that does recognize the scanner. The following recommendations ensure your template will be correctly recognized:
Use our template
Scan at a reasonable resolution; we recommend you scan at 300 dpi
Always write inside the cells, don't go out there (not even with your signature!)
Verify that the scanner bed is clean
Put the first page of the template as straight as possible on the scanner bed
Make sure the page is in the proper orientation
Scan in color (24-bit) or grayscale (8-bit), not just black and white (1-bit)
Make sure the scanned image is not clipped (cropped), all template borders must be included
All grid lines must be clearly visible, not interrupted, and not crossed by any other (drawn) objects
The width of the image has to be between 1000 and 6000 pixels, the height must be more than 1000 pixels, but should not exceed 9000 pixels
Save the scanned template to your hard disk either as .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .pdf, .tif, or .tiff file; other extensions (e.g. .doc, .bmp) are not supported
Step Four (E-mail Template)
The font name will appear as the font name in all applications, so make sure you give your font an appropriate name. You will need to include the following information in your email:
Font Name (2-30 characters max)
Your File must not exceed 10MB
* Only template files with the extensions .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .pdf, .tif, and .tiff are allowed.
Step Five (Receive and Install)
In order to use your font, you need to install it. Installing a font makes the font available to all applications (including but not limited to most word processing, spreadsheets, desktop publishing and graphic design programs like Microsoft Word, Adobe Illustrator, etc.) on your computer. The easiest and most convenient way to install your fonts is to use a font manager. If you don't have a font manager, do follow the instructions below.
Note: Some programs require a restart for the new font to be available.
Windows font installation instructions
Open "Control Panel" (under Start->Settings)
Double-click "Fonts" category
Select "Install New Font..." from File menu
Browse to the location you placed the font file
Select "Your font (TrueType)" from the window
Click the Ok button
Note: If you are reinstalling the font, it is recommended you uninstall and delete the font BEFORE installing the new version. Sometimes a reboot is required as well.
Macintosh font installation instructions (Mac OS X)
Locate your font file in the Finder
Double-click the font file icon
Font Book should display the font
Click the Install button
Note: In order to make use of the newly installed font, some applications require you to reboot your Mac.