The 10 Best Free Handwriting Fonts

The 10 Best Free Handwriting Fonts

Handwriting fonts are a great way to spruce up your creative designs, with options ranging from casual and everyday fonts great for commercial use, to others conveying elegance and sophistication for things like wedding invitations. Before we share some of the best free handwriting fonts online with you, here are some of the most common questions we get asked about handwriting by candidates of our design courses

Frequently asked questions

How do I turn my handwriting into a font in Google Docs?

Google does not allow users to add custom fonts so unfortunately, it is not possible to import your handwriting as a font in Google Docs. A Google font called ‘Kalam' is the closest option to resemble handwriting on the platform. 

Are Google fonts free? 

Yes. Every Google Doc font is released as an open-source file. Each Google font can be used for both commercial and noncommercial purposes.

How can I create my own font? 

There are various online tools and resources — both free and paid options — for creating your very own unique handwritten fonts. A few of the most popular include FontCreator, Calligraphr, and Adobe Illustrator. For the latter, we offer an intro course.

Is there an app that turns text into handwriting? 

If you want to convert sections of digital text into handwriting, apps like HandWriter are great tools. This particular app also allows you to create a handwritten type for any paper size, as well as creating your own individual style, combining fonts, and sharing your works with friends. 

What font size is similar to handwriting?

By changing the point size of your font, you can make printed letters roughly the same size as your actual handwriting. According to vLetter, if the natural handwriting size for a particular font is about 1/2 inch from the very top to the very bottom, then the font size should be 36 points, and if it's roughly 1/4 inch total, then the font size is 18 points. But of course, this is something that will vary according to the person's handwriting and the handwriting font that they choose.

Which font is best for handwriting?

The font you choose will say a lot about your brand, and picking the right one can be tricky. To give you a helping hand, we've shortlisted some of our favourites. 

Need help choosing the right font? Read Canva's handy guide.

1) Shorelines

The imbalanced heights and spacing of this natural-looking font give it an authentic feel. Shorelines software is free for personal use, but you'll need to pay to use it commercially.

2) Abeer

Abeer has an imperfect flow which gives your text a unique and playful appearance. Download the font for access to uppercase and lowercase letters, as well as numbers, special characters, and a few symbols. 

3) Timothy 

The block capitals of this modern handwriting font give it that handwritten touch. Timothy is free for both personal and commercial use.

4) Luna

The perfect choice for a logo, invitation, or fun packaging, Luna's flowing characters give it a quirky feel. It can be downloaded for personal and commercial use.

5) Wild Youth

The rugged quality of this font gives it the appearance of a hand-drawn brush. A great choice for quotes.

6) DK Lemon Yellow Sun

As the name suggests, this font has a uniquely fresh style, which we think is ideal for stationary and business cards. It's only free for personal use.

7) Livingston

Livingston is three hand-drawn fonts in one: Serif, Sans, and Script. It's elegant and feminine.

8) Autography

This super smooth font looks like it's straight out of an expensive fountain pen. Autography is free for personal use, but you need to contact the creator for commercial projects.

9) Basfar

Basfar's simple form gives a gentle, friendly impression, making it a great choice for invitation cards, quotes, and more.

10) Stay Classy

The delicate strokes of this font make it a classy and elegant choice, just as the name suggests. It's free to download, but attribution is required.

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by Emma Gibbins | 27 Sep 23

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