Dear Amy: How do I create my own font or turn my handwriting into a font? — Juliet, Ballwin, Mo.
Dear Juliet: With a little artistic talent and some patience, you can make your own special characters and fonts to use on your computer. All the Windows operating systems have a program called Private Character Editor, which lets you draw and save your own characters. To learn how to use it, visit http://webserver.computoredge.com/online.mvc?article=vista&
Another option is to use a Web-based editor. Try FontStruct, http://fontstruct.fontshop.com, where you can create, share and download fonts for free. You'll need to sign up in order to use the site, so be sure to ask a parent for permission first.
Creating a handwritten font is pretty simple. The basic process is to draw each character on a template and use a scanner to upload your font. There are many Web sites that will create your font for around $10. Another option is to buy font-editing software. However, font editors are a lot more expensive than the Web-based option. Either way, get creative and have fun!
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