There are plenty of sources available to find free high quality fonts that you can use in your apps and web projects. However, it can sometimes happen that even after checking hundreds of fonts, you’re not able to find the perfect font that you were looking for. Or you simply want to use a unique font in your app, website or logo design. In such cases, you may want to create your own font to add uniqueness to the typography of your project.

Looking to create font from your own handwriting? Read this post: How to Create Font from your Handwriting

Today, I have brought a list of best tools for creating fonts. You can use these tools to create your own custom font from scratch. You can also design your fonts in vector graphics editors like Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape and then import the .svg file in font building tools like FontForge (mentioned below) to convert into TrueType or OpenType fonts.

1. FontLab Studio

FontLab Studio by FontLab is a powerful font editor for professionals to design typefaces and create or modify fonts. It is available for Windows and Mac and supports all major outline font formats including Type 1, TrueType, Multiple Master and OpenType.

Cost: Premium. See pricing details

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2. FontCreator

FontCreator, available for Windows, has an intuitive interface for beginners and also has advance feature sets for font designers to create and edit high-quality TrueType and OpenType fonts. Import of (scanned) images or vector graphics for conversion into glyphs is also supported.

Cost: The Home Edition costs 79 USD, check price comparison chart for details

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3. Fontographer

Fontographer, another powerful font editor by FontLab lets you create new fonts from scratch or customize the existing ones. You can open and generate Type 1, TrueType, OpenType, Type 3 fonts, you can fine-tune spacing and kerning among other special features. Fontographer is available for Windows and Mac systems.

You can also check out other font editors by FontLab: TypeTool and BitFonter (bitmap font editor).

Cost: Premium. See pricing details

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4. FontForge

FontForge is a downloadable application available for Windows, Mac, Unix/Linux systems and localized in many different languages. It is an outline font editor and allows you to create and edit PostScript, TrueType, OpenType, svg and bitmap fonts. It also lets you convert one format to another.

Cost: Free

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5. Type 3.2 font editor

Type 3.2 is an OpenType font editor available for Windows and Mac OS X. You can open, save and convert .otf and .ttf fonts. Import of .svg files is also supported. Beginners can also try out the freeware font editor, Type light that is available for Windows.

Cost: Type light is free, Type 3.2 costs 65 USD

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6. FontStruct

FontStruct is a free browser-based typography creation tool to let you quickly and easily create your own fonts. You can download your font as TrueType. You can also share your fonts with FontStruct community, browse and download fonts uploaded by others and use in your projects.

Cost: Free

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7. BitFontMaker2

BitFontMaker2 is a browser-based pixel-font editor that you can use to edit and create bitmap fonts. You can download your fonts as TrueTypeFont, you can also upload your fonts to their gallery.

Cost: Free

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8. Fontifier

Fontifier is an online tool that allows you to create a TrueType font from your own handwriting. You can preview your font for free but you have to buy the font for using it in your projects.

Cost: Free to use, 9 USD to download the font

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9. YourFonts

YourFonts is an online tool that lets you generate OpenType fonts from your scanned handwriting. Like Fontifier, font preview is free and you need to purchase the font for using in your projects.

Cost: Free to use, 9.95 USD to download the font

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10. Glyphr

Glyphr is a free HTML5 based font-editor. You can either explore a work in progress font or create your font from scratch with Glyphr Studio Online.

Cost: Free

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11. iFontMaker

iFontMaker is a downloadable application available for iPad and Windows 8. Using its free-hand font editor you can either create your font from scratch or edit the existing ones. You can convert it into a TTF file and use in your projects.

Cost: 4.99 USD for Windows, 6.99 USD for Mac

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12. FontArk

FontArk is a browser-based type design and font creation tool. With features like real-time multiple glyph editing system and automatic outline generator, you can easily create your own font and download it as .OTF file.

Cost: Free for limited time

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13. MyScriptFont

MyScriptFont is an online tool that lets you create TTF or OTF fonts from your handwriting. It also allows you to download your font for free that you can use for commercial purposes too.

You can read my post where I have shared my experience on creating font from handwriting using MyScriptFont for more details.

Cost: Free

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14. BirdFont

BirdFont is a font editor that you can use to create TTF, EOT and SVG fonts. This editor is available for WindowsLinuxMac OS X and BSD. You can download its freeware version to create fonts under SIL Open Font license, for other licenses you need to upgrade.

Cost: Free as well as Premium

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What font editor do you use? Or do you plan to use any of the editors listed above? Let us know in the comments below. And, do share this post with others if you found it useful.

About the author

Monika Ratan

Monika loves graphic design & other forms of creative art. When not found tinkering with her favorite graphic design tools, she is mostly reading or writing on wide array of topics. Follow her on Twitter @monikaratan

16 comments

  1. FontArk says:

    You can add http://www.fontark.net to the list. It’s the most innovative type design and font creation tool, with a unique Full-real-time-glyphs-synchronization system and it’s browser-based.

    1. Monika Ratan says:

      Thank you for letting us know about FontArk. I loved the tool and found it quite useful, will add it to the above list.

  2. Makaveli says:

    What about Glyphs http://www.glyphs.com
    Have you tried it? I like it, but I don’t see many people using it

  3. Johan says:

    BirdFont is an alternative.

  4. Ivo Gregurec says:

    Glyphs.app seams to be the best solution for an indie typographers.

  5. DB says:

    Glyphr is by far the easiest to use out of BirdFont and Glyphr. Used to revise some spacing issues and once you figure out the menu (they really need a hamburger menu in the top left) it was pretty simple. D

  6. Hi,

    have you tried Prototypo?

    Prototypo is the first real time font creation software with no drawing skills required
    Prototypo offers a new approach to typography that integrates historical, mathematical, visual rules of this discipline and automates repetitive tasks to let users focus on overall design.
    The user can modify the shape and proportion of each letter in the Latin alphabet by playing around with more than 20 sliders.

    You can have a look at it : https://www.prototypo.io

    Cheers!

  7. Himanshu Maurya says:

    Wanted to make vector font of my own handwriting.Which software can be helpful.

  8. guylaine says:

    hello

    this is a great list. thank you Monika

    does anyone know which one offer to import from illustrator?

    1. Franz @fontself says:

      Hi Guylaine, you could copy/paste from Illustrator to most of font editors, but there’s now an Illustrator add-on to easily export your lettering into OpenType fonts: http://www.fontself.com

      Just drag & drop your shapes to the Fontself panel to generate a font in just a few seconds.
      Enjoy ;)

  9. anupama says:

    Useful article…

  10. Tony says:

    I have 3 fully developed fonts (families). 2 are in multiple weights and italics, They are in refined vector form. I need opinions on the best font conversation tools available. I would like to market at least of these and probably all of them, so the end product needs to be fully functional. Any suggestions?

  11. Paulo from Tipo Tipo Blog says:

    Awesome article and great community, lots of value here! Fontark got me crazy, it’s EXACTLY what I was wishing!

  12. Kris says:

    I’m using Prototypo Pro, it’s very simple since I only use the font for logo tagline for my clients (minor element), so I don’t need to create all alphabet from scratch.

    Font forge is great to refine the font, I’m still learning to use it, it has a bright future in term of tutorials because many people using it.

    However, I’m graphic designer and not font designer, I just realize that font software can be expensive, that’s mind blowing, even more worst in that high price, the company has no effort to create well build guide and tutorials.

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