How to Create Your Own Handwritten Font For Free (For Direct Mail Marketing)

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Have you ever received a nice, handwritten letter from a friend or family member?

Of course you have!

My guess is that you DIDN’T throw it away without reading it.

Am I right?

People don’t throw away handwritten notes or letters without reading them first.

This is why when investors use direct mail marketing to get leads from motivated sellers, handwritten letters generally have a much higher response rate.

In other words, more people call you, wanting to sell you their house!

But I’m guessing you don’t have time to handwrite hundreds or even thousands of letters. You’d spend all your time writing and forget what your spouse looks like.

Bad idea.

Instead, many investors (myself included) turn to “handwritten font.”

What is Handwritten Font?

Handwritten font is exactly what it sounds like: computer font that looks just like handwriting.

I’m sure you’ve seen examples before, as your computer gives you a lot of options.

But let’s be honest: Most of them look terrible.

Just because the font is slanted a little doesn’t mean it looks handwritten.

Of course, you could find some good free fonts online through websites like FontSquirrel.com, but even those can look fake.

Instead, what I do is turn MY OWN HANDWRITING into a computerized font that I can use in Microsoft Word, Photoshop, or other programs on my computer.

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Yes — that means you can TYPE, and it will look just like you wrote it by hand!

Pretty snazzy, huh?

So, how do you create handwritten font?

Here’s how.

How to Create Handwritten Font For Free

Step One: Head to www.MyScriptFont.com and download the template PDF.

Handwritten Font

Step Two: Next, when you’ve downloaded the PDF or the PNG file onto your computer, simply print out the single-page sheet. It will look like this:

ScriptTemplate_pdf

Step Three: Using a sharp (thin) Sharpie (or a thick pen), fill in each letter or character that you see in gray. Use your own style, but try to stay the exact same size as the light grey font you’ll see on the paper.

When I first tried this, I used a ballpoint pen, which didn’t look that good at the end. Later, when I re-made my font with a Sharpie, it worked much better.

Step Four: Next, you’ll need to scan in your completed worksheet to your computer. If you don’t have a scanner, you could try using your smartphone with a scanner app like TinyScanner — just be sure your lighting is good and the photo is taken directly above the document so it doesn’t warp the look of the document.

Step Five: Back on www.MyScriptFont.com, upload your document from your computer to MyScriptFont. You’ll also want to name your font something that you’ll recognize, such as your name. See image below for instructions on doing this.

Handwriting_font_creator

You can also choose which format you want to download it in: TTF or OTF. It shouldn’t matter which you choose, as most computers and software can handle either. But I use TTF.

Step Six: Finally, after you have clicked the “Start” button, you’ll land on a page that shows a sample of what your font will look like, using the phase, “The quick brown fox jumps.”

If you are happy with your font, then simply click the name of your font and download it. If you are not happy with the font, simply start this process over and try again! It took me 4-5 tries before I was completely happy with my font.

Step Seven: Once you’ve downloaded the font, you’ll need to install it on your computer. If you have a semi-new computer (within 10 years old), you should be able to simply double-click on the downloaded file and follow the simple prompts to install the font.

If your computer is older than my grandma, you might need to search Google for information on how to install a font. For me, on my Mac, it takes less then five seconds (and two clicks) to install a new font.

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Step Eight: Finally, you’ll need to completely exit out of whatever program you were in, and then restart it. This means if you are creating a piece of direct mail marketing in Microsoft Word, you’ll need to exit Word completely and re-open it. Fonts are loaded when a program is opened up, so your new font will only be available once you’ve completely closed and re-opened the program.

Now you should be able to select your own, personal handwritten font for your document!

Here’s how mine looks:

Brandons-Handwritten-Font 2

So what do you think? Does it look “real” enough to you?

Leave your comments below!

About Author

Brandon Turner

Brandon Turner (G+ | Twitter) spends a lot of time on BiggerPockets.com. Like... seriously... a lot. Oh, and he is also an active real estate investor, entrepreneur, traveler, third-person speaker, husband, and author of "The Book on Investing in Real Estate with No (and Low) Money Down", and "The Book on Rental Property Investing" which you should probably read if you want to do more deals.

39 Comments

  1. benjamin cowles

    Sweet. I do the same but I made mine on my Android phone with this app called “realfont” where you just draw out your letters in your screen. It gets a little more complicated but for any other mobile nuts like myself there ya go. Very nice Brandon. Your font/handwriting strangely looks like mine. My only hope is they recognize somehow even tho it’s a font that I created it by hand making it a hybrid handwritten/printed letter lol, at least a good step above a standard printed letter. I’d guess this method increases the open and even the response rates significantly. I’ve only not used my font with probates and the letters just feel dead, no pun intended, in comparison which makes wonder if I should. I’d definitely have to create a separate neater font for those as my standard handwriting is a bit messy.

  2. Thanks for the super-useful post! Detailed, easy-to-follow instructions WITH photos and graphics bring this technique within everyone’s scope, so thank you for making it so clear for us.

    One question: Do you know if this works with cursive handwriting?

    Thanks, Brandon!

  3. Eric Stier

    i rarely ever send out yellow letters because my handwriting is so bad unless I really concentrate. This turned out great. I started out using a 600 dpi setting but found that the scan was picking up some of the light grey from the template. I backed off to 200 dpi and it worked great. I think it also helped that I cleaned my scanner glass. Who knows when the last time that was done. I also used a blue felt tip pen and scanned in black and white. The Sharpie was too thick for me.
    Thanks Brandon

  4. Alaziz Bridgeforth

    Awesome Post Brandon!! loved the info and your website; I just finished my hand writing transfer process. I think Ill get my girlfriend to do hers since it look so much better.
    Probably should post this in the forum but what would you say for newbie about creating a website. Is that necessary since I have yet to complete a deal.

  5. Dane Peterson

    wow, love this write up, but….

    Not having luck with scanning. I’m getting tired of writing the alphabet! I’ve tried 2 different types of sharpie PENS and I tried the blue felt pen tip. Still no luck. If someone could mention the exact style of writing utensil that’d be great!

  6. Jon Switzer

    Brandon,

    This is super cool. I’m in printing for my “real” job and your content in this post and in your book on DM lists is fantastic and very helpful! Seems like you’ve got some kind of print awareness background, so it’s nice to learn from you, even as a dude in the industry of printing. I’m going to try the handwritten font in some letters soon!

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