Microsoft's Font Maker app feels like something your parents should know about: a fun, quirky, but still useful way of turning their handwriting into an actual font for invitations and other personalized notes.
Microsoft quietly launches Font Maker in conjunction with the beta releases of Windows 10 that it distributes to members of its Windows Insider program. Creating a font from your handwriting should take about five to ten minutes, tops. [Read more] 19659002] The only real requirement is a touchscreen PC, preferably a tablet that can lay flat to ink upon. And yes, you'll probably want a stylus, preferably an active one. your handwriting, which is really the point.
A quick bit of setup
Before you begin, take a moment and ensure your pen is set up correctly. Connect it via bluetooth, if it is not already. You can use a passive stylus if you'd like, but an active one allows you to easily erase mistakes. $ 99 on a Microsoft Surface Pen.)
You can either click the pen icon on the taskbar or manually enter the [Donotsweatitthough-justcreateit Settings> Devices> Pen & Windows Ink menu to tweak your pen's settings. Here, I'd recommend Windows which hand you write with and ignoring touch input while using your pen. ” width=”700″ height=”483″ data-imageid=”100765217″ data-license=”IDG”/> Microsoft Windows 10 pen settings ” width=”700″ height=”483″ data-imageid=”100765217″ data-license=”IDG”/> Mark Hachman / IDG Check those pen settings in Windows before you begin.
Check those pen settings in Windows before you begin.
Otherwise, you're almost ready. Download the Microsoft Font Maker app from the Windows Store, which weighs at least 50MB.
Create your first Font Maker font in minutes
After first launching Font Maker, you may need to go to a permissions screen allow Microsoft to anonymously collect your inkstrokes to improve Windows. Whether you choose to do so is up to you; It does not affect your ability to use Font Maker.
Otherwise, you'll be faced with a page of individual character templates, which may hearken back to your kindergarten days. For each character, there's a "guide" that quickly disappears when you begin inking in the box. Other lines will guide you how to make each character, as well as how to align each whorl and loop. Note this is an English-language font guide;
Do not take Microsoft's guidelines as gospel; for example, if you want to "g" with an "eye and fishhook," feel free. And if a full-fledged ampersand is not your style, do not feel compelled to use one. It's probably better if you just keep each character quickly, to preserve "your" style. Note, however, that light, quick penstrokes may also result in a font that is too "spindly," so inking and pressing harder may make a bit of difference.
Unfortunately, neither the Backspace key nor Ctrl-Z Says to work to undo errors or messy inkstrokes, at least in the iteration of the software I tried. You should be able to erase them with a Surface pen or other active stylus, however. Make sure you get all the characters, or Font Maker wants to just leave them out of your font.
You can save your work in-progress using the "Save" command, which stores it as a .jfproj project file. But just as you can not edit an existing TrueType font stored in Windows, you can not edit your custom font once you've finalized it.
How to fine-tune your Font Maker font
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Finally, Windows wants to present your page in action, with a page from Hamlet . This is the final opportunity to adjust the size of your font, the space between characters, and the space between words. If you see a letter that looks out of whack, you can retreat to the previous two screens via the tiny backspace or left-pointing arrow at the top-left corner of the screen, though you'll probably want to re-ink those three test phrases again.