MakeUseOf had covered YourFonts some time ago and it seemed like a nice thing for those rare days when I am insanely bored.
So armed with pen and Canon MF4120(which is scanner among other things) I tried that one.
What it does
YourFonts takes your handwriting (by using a scanner) and turns it into TrueType font file. Makes it usable as any other font for anything where font can be chosen.
- Download template.
- Print it.
- Fill in letters.
- Scan filled template.
- Upload image back to YourFonts.
- Download your font.
It looks like many steps but it is all very simplified and site provides excellent explanations and advice for each step.
Not impressive, yeah? Except of having nice handwriting I suggest you use thick black pen and try really careful to make letters line up. I tried pretty hard (as for me) and still ended up with jumpy, uneven lines.
YourFonts take classic geek I-want-to-type-instead-of-writing fantasy and make it achievable without much hassle. I admit that result is of questionable value but it is easy, fun and worth doing once.
Site is completely free as of writing but warns about switching to pay model in the future.
By the way on topic of geek fantasies Geeks Are Sexy warned about those today. :)