How to Create Your Own TrueType Font for Free

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If you’re like me, you enjoy creating new fonts, and downloading neat ones you find on the Web. I used to be very addicted to them. I don’t download them half as much as I used to. I even remember way back in the day when I used to create fonts for DOS. I even created the FigLet Font. Well, now you can create your own cool fonts… for free!

If you head over to FontStruct, you can create, download and share your own fonts. FontStruct is a free font-building tool brought to you by the world’s leading retailer of digital type, FontShop. FontStruct lets you quickly and easily create fonts constructed out of geometrical shapes, which are arranged in a grid pattern, like tiles or bricks. Once you’re done building, FontStruct generates high-quality TrueType fonts, ready to use in any Mac or Windows application. You can keep your creations to yourself, or share your “FontStructions”. Explore the Gallery of fonts made by other FontStruct users and download them or even copy them and make your own variations.

Go ahead! Make your own cool fonts, and send us a link to check them out. We’re interested in taking a look at what you come up with! My email address is or you can leave a follow-up comment to this post here on the blog.


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111 thoughts on “How to Create Your Own TrueType Font for Free”

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  2. I love when people use normal, tame fonts in a website. One thing I HATE is when people send you an email or IM with Comic Sans in hot pink at 72pt.

  3. I love when people use normal, tame fonts in a website. One thing I HATE is when people send you an email or IM with Comic Sans in hot pink at 72pt.

  4. Signed up for the site and it’s looks pretty neat. Can’t wait to start making some fonts.

    You should have linked those other fonts that are located on your site somewhere that people were linking in the chat.

  5. Thanks Chris I have been thinking about making my own fonts and I haven’t had a clue on how to start. I have about 200 fonts that I have downloaded over the years and I wondered how they made them.This is a great tool for making fonts. Thanks Again

  6. I love to create fonts! Creating a new font can be very challenging sometimes, but also very rewarding.

    If you are making a document or brochure or something a good way to personalize it and make it attractive making a custom font can do all of this.

    A WicketPixie font……I’ll try my best….AHAAHAHHAH!

    Dos fonts…..totally old school…..sweet!

  7. I’ll give you this.. that font you did was cool. I can tell it was old, it still had your old .edu e-mail. lol. That is OLD! Anyways, I’ve never made my own font, I’m starting to think about it now. Just wondering what kinda font I would do. Hm….

  8. long time ago I tried to create my own font.. didn’t go so well. There is a lot to think about when creating fonts and the specific utility that I was using then was not flexible enough to create fonts I wanted ( parallel lines unattached were not allowed)

    Maybe I will revisit this project but I think I’m going to have to put it on the back burner for now.

  9. pretty cool… i want to try that one… customizing is a very fun work and quite tiring because you want to get the exact look you wanted to see… well, everybody loves free and there’s nothing bad in trying it…. hehehe…

  10. Interesting little tool there Chris… Not something I’m likely to be able to use due to visual impairment, but certainly worth passing on to my wife and friends, Thank you. I’m always interested in seeing what people put out there for the use of others. After all, the web is one big collaboration, is it not?

  11. Call me boring but I am fine with fonts that are readily available on Leopard, Vista, XP, and Ubuntu. They seem to get the job done for me.

  12. im not to much into fonts but they should sell there fonts so dam spendy man it makes people not want to buy they every thing online like fonts should be free

  13. Poor Dog, looks like fonts aren’t his thing. I’m going to try and create a couple of fonts, thanks for recommending this tool Chris!

  14. That looks like a pretty cool website. I wouldn’t want to make my own font, not really interested by I will try this out tonight. I’d like to see what I can make. But my favorite font is Times New Roman 16 that Safari uses. I haven’t tried many fonts because I don’t browse all of them but this is my favorite so far.

  15. I really like fonts I have downloaded a few but I am new to the pc and don’t know how to get them from folders to use them. Maybe you could help me with that on one of your videos. One of my favorites is Papyrus

  16. This sort of reminds me of Fontifier. For those of you who haven’t heard about it, it’s this website that lets you make a font out of your own handwriting. It used to be free, but now they charge like $10 for each font :\

    Fontscape is actually pretty fun to mess with. I tried to make a font out of my cursive handwriting, but the lagginess of linux flash combined with an oversensitive optical mouse turned it into crap :P

  17. I have like 400 fonts that I use in Photoshop only. Making my own might be pretty cool though. I’ve been making icons and widgets for awhile… maybe I’ll give this a go too. I really like the graffiti style fonts the best… my favorite being Brooklyn Kid since I used to write like that in high school. As for my OS fonts, Segoe UI does right by me… but when I’m doing custom Photoshop work or making dock icons I like to have a nice assortment of various styles of fonts on hand.

  18. well i never thought about making my own fonts until now that seems really fun and different i’ll deffinetly try it out and tell you what i thought about it

  19. Thank you soo much Chris for giving me this site!

    I am an eighth grader and take a high school level photography class. I think this fontstruct site will be fabulous for adding text to my photo assignments.

    However, I do agree with the other Brady in the fact that i am too lazy to create my own fonts…. Lol! Are all geeks lazy?

    Keep up the good work Chris (and Kat),
    Twitter: ComputerNerd53

  20. I once stumbled upon a site that said I could create my own font. I was interested, so I started going through the process. Finally, the site told me that I had to pay to use their services.

    What a complete waste of my time.

    Thanks for the site Chris!

  21. Thats a great site to use to build them. Ive used it many times to create some fonts, and even though only like one in a million ever turn out any good, its still fun to make them. However, i prefer dafont for sharing and finding them because of the variety of fonts they have as well as the ease of finding exactly what you are looking for. The site you use is a backup for me. Keep up the good work :)

  22. Wow this is amazing! I am so glad you showed us this as I cannot really justify buying fonts online for a ridiculous sum of money. I checked the gallery and the fonts look amazing!

    Thanks for this great post Chris, I’ll definitely give it a try later on.

  23. Thanks Chris.
    There are so many different fonts in the world. Some amazing, and some just unbearable to even try to read. I’ll try my luck at making one and see what happens.
    Bradley Bradwell

  24. Thanks Chris, this is really cool, I just signed up and am now starting to decide what font I should create. But this is very cool. It’s amazing how easy it is nowadays.

  25. Sorry If I’m commenting twice, I don’t know if it went through but I might be reiterating myself but it is worth it, I just created a font and its called Cubix and it’s really cool, thanks a lot for showing me this, Chris. It’s very cool.

  26. Fonts are awesome, i tried it a bit one night , it was late, so i didn’t have to test it completely, only a bit, i’ll try when i have more time, I’m impressed by wicket that he sits quietly while Chris shouting, if i were a dog i would probably have reacted.
    I’m not a artist, so my fonts wont turn out that good, i would like to see Adam try to make some Font , he has got more sense of art than me, overall i think that it’s great that sites like this exist so that people can have fun and be creative., i have tried similar things but you had to download it and there weren’t as many tools as this.

  27. Wow. That is pretty neat. I have never even attempted to create my own font because I had no idea how to start. Now I can experiment with this neat program.

    I am glad to see that they have Mac OS X support. Thank you for bringing this program to our attention, Chris. It would be interesting to see what Adam Pirillo would make if he were to try this.

  28. I never were a big fan of fonts, an extra ordinary font is used by me once in my life when I make a presentation with it or else but they have no roll in my all days life. And there is also the risk when you make a presentation white the cool new downloaded font which is not installed on the presenters pc and the whole thing looks horrible than.

  29. I’ve always looked for a font I could use on MSN that doesn’t have a lame looking <3, ^^, or :3 look. I have yet to find a good font, so I should look through these to find the perfect one for me XD

  30. I used to work for a printing company in the graphics department. We did lots of type corrections. Which, back then meant looking for the correct font to match what was printing.( we are talking “film” days here). So I haven’t thought about fonts for a long time, but I think I could get into making my own font.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

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  33. Earlier this school year, my Physics teacher had us create our own font that was suppose to be our own handwriting. It was so complicated that we all kind of copped out of it and said that the sheet wouldn’t scan correctly, mostly because it wouldn’t. But the idea is definitively original.

  34. Are font designs patented or copyright reserved because I want to design fonts tat immitates in looks of some popular commercially available fonts – so I wonder if I do so and redistribute it for free can I be sued

  35. Thanks for this tip. I don’t think I could find FontForge mentioned in any of recent blog entries. Do you have any practical experience of using it?

  36. This is pretty neato, font making could be great for projects in school that has something to do with powerpoint, word, etc.
    And teachers always look the design, at least my teachers do.
    Great stuff, thx chris

  37. I love the font creator! I made a font in my own handwriting, so when I type letters, it would sorta kinda look like I actually wrote it. It worked, and it looks pretty descent. I’ll try to send it to you, Chris.

  38. I’m just curious, are there really people that enjoy making new fonts? Most of the ones on are complete and utter crap. Regardless, I’ll check out this program.

  39. Great! I can create my own “fonts team”Thank you for this tip.Now I can personalize not only the content of a writing but also the way it is written!

  40. Oh thank you Chris for this delicious piece of info. Default fonts that are cool are usually unreadable, so I have to stick with the one kiddy type of font that I use in Pidgin. Now I can make some really cool fonts for websites or for a power point presentation when it pertains to a certain topic. A baby font for things about toddlers, and something more mature for adults.

  41. Fonts have always been something i’ve been very keen on. I find it quite difficult though to find ones that people find acceptable to use in items such as letters, or reports. My father is Graphic Designer so fonts are something he is literally surrounded by all day! When ever I approach him with something to look at I always have to take his opinion on the font, I trust his opinion more than mine. I think it’s amazing though how once sentence can be perceived in different ways according to the font, eg

  42. The number of times I’ve NEEDED fonts this tool would have been extremely useful. Bookmarked.

  43. Sounds like a great way to create your own fonts. Just another app showing the potential of web-based software. I’ll have to try it out sometime soon!

  44. Need help.

    I have a logo for my band and need to know how to put it on shirts/cards/etc. without drawing them by hand over and over again.

  45. Dude! Thanks so much! I’ve been trying to find something to make fonts for sooooo long. You’re a life saver!

  46. Seriously tho, Thanks for sharing this. :)
    Maybe change the “add new comment thingo, becuase like i just proved, anyone can send shit.

  47. I need help!! I’m trying to create a TTF File from an Illustrator CS5 (or PDF). How can I do this? I have Fontographer but cannot import my fonts via EPS file. How do I create a TTF File to share with others? If anyone can help, please email ASAP. Thanks:

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