How do you add 'handwriting' text on a web page ?

by Harvey Segal 37 replies
Graphics is not my strong point so bear with me.

I can use MS Paint to create an image with handwritten text
but I'm not sure how (or of it is possible) to crop the
graphic.

If not possible can you suggest a PC based tool
which is
- free
- simple to use

which can create and crop text images.

Also what is a good handwriting font to use ?

Thanks
Harvey
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  • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
    Harvey

    Here are some handwriting fonts:

    Free Handwriting Fonts Gallery



    Frank
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    • Profile picture of the author Peter Bestel
      Harvey

      For reasons that I mentioned in a previous thread,

      http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...osing-you.html

      It's worth spending time getting this right.

      A font that's a good free one (IMO) is 'FG Cheryl', from the page Frank said to visit.

      Free Handwriting Fonts Gallery

      It's the one with the quote from Katherine Hepburn

      Peter
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      • Profile picture of the author lgibbon
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        Originally Posted by Peter Bestel View Post

        Harvey

        For reasons that I mentioned in a previous thread,

        http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...osing-you.html

        It's worth spending time getting this right.

        A font that's a good free one (IMO) is 'FG Cheryl', from the page Frank said to visit.

        Free Handwriting Fonts Gallery

        It's the one with the quote from Katherine Hepburn

        Peter
        I was only thinking about this the other day.
        I've never seen a salespage completely done
        in handwriting.
        Wonder what the response would be like?
        Might be worth testing.
        It wouldn't want to be in my handwriting though.
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        • Profile picture of the author Peter Bestel
          Originally Posted by lgibbon View Post

          I was only thinking about this the other day.
          I've never seen a salespage completely done
          in handwriting.
          Wonder what the response would be like?
          Might be worth testing.
          It wouldn't want to be in my handwriting though.
          Les, that would be interesting - I might test it. I think you'd actually have to hand write it though as a PC font will appear unnatural with such a large amount of text.

          Mmm! I'll think about that one.

          Peter
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          • Profile picture of the author lgibbon
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            Originally Posted by Peter Bestel View Post

            Les, that would be interesting - I might test it. I think you'd actually have to hand write it though as a PC font will appear unnatural with such a large amount of text.

            Mmm! I'll think about that one.

            Peter
            I was thinking the same Peter.
            We'll probably wake up tomorrow and everyone will have
            a handwritten website in their sig file.
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        • Profile picture of the author WebSlicers
          Originally Posted by lgibbon View Post

          I was only thinking about this the other day.
          I've never seen a salespage completely done
          in handwriting.
          Wonder what the response would be like?
          Might be worth testing.
          It wouldn't want to be in my handwriting though.

          well, here's a sample of a sales page that is totally out of the ordinary:
          YoureAPoorLoser.com - The Official Website

          tell me what you think. is it effective or not?
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          • Profile picture of the author Neil Morgan
            tell me what you think. is it effective or not?
            It's different, that's for sure and somewhat effective on the novelty factor level.

            It takes the "rich jerk" approach to selling which is difficult to pull off. It works for some people, I guess.

            Not me though.

            Cheers,

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          • Profile picture of the author lgibbon
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            Originally Posted by WebSlicers View Post

            well, here's a sample of a sales page that is totally out of the ordinary:
            YoureAPoorLoser.com - The Official Website

            tell me what you think. is it effective or not?
            Lol, not quite what I had in mind.
            I see he's actually got a payment button set up.
            Wonder if anyones been silly enough.
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            • Profile picture of the author WebSlicers
              Originally Posted by lgibbon View Post

              Lol, not quite what I had in mind.
              I see he's actually got a payment button set up.
              Wonder if anyones been silly enough.

              i've been wondering the same thing. but i'm more concerned on how he did manage to get a payment button from paypal.
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    • Profile picture of the author Harvey Segal
      Originally Posted by Peter Bestel View Post

      Harvey

      For reasons that I mentioned in a previous thread,

      http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...osing-you.html

      It's worth spending time getting this right.

      A font that's a good free one (IMO) is 'FG Cheryl', from the page Frank said to visit.

      Free Handwriting Fonts Gallery

      It's the one with the quote from Katherine Hepburn

      Peter
      Peter,

      Yes - it was your thread which initiated this request.

      The 'FG Cheryl' font looks good (I just wanted to
      see what others are around) but my main question now
      is how to crop graphics


      Originally Posted by Gene Pimentel View Post

      Gene, that is an online tool, I'd prefer a PC based
      one if possible

      Harvey
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      • Profile picture of the author Gene Pimentel
        Originally Posted by Harvey.Segal View Post


        Gene, that is an online tool, I'd prefer a PC based
        one if possible

        Harvey
        Have you seen or tried GIMP - The GNU Image Manipulation Program ?
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        • Profile picture of the author Neil Morgan
          Hi Harvey

          MS-Paint has a sort-of crop, in that you can select a portion of an image and save it as a separate file.

          1. Select the area you want to keep.

          2. Use Edit > Copy To... and enter a filename.

          Job done.

          Cheers,

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          • Profile picture of the author Harvey Segal
            Originally Posted by Neil Morgan View Post

            Hi Harvey

            MS-Paint has a sort-of crop, in that you can select a portion of an image and save it as a separate file.

            1. Select the area you want to keep.

            2. Use Edit > Copy To... and enter a filename.

            Job done.

            Cheers,

            Neil
            Neil

            That works fine.

            Thanks
            Harvey
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      hi,

      thanks for this post & replies since i have always wanted to know the same thing!
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  • Profile picture of the author Gene Pimentel
    Thanks for that link Peter! Wow, really cool handwriting fonts.
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    • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
      Peter

      Yes, I like the font with the Katherine Hepburn quote too.

      Although it doesn't correct her spelling


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      • Profile picture of the author Peter Bestel
        Originally Posted by Frank Donovan View Post

        Peter

        Yes, I like the font with the Katherine Hepburn quote too.

        Although it doesn't correct her spelling


        Frank
        Shows you how gullible I am, I just went to check it!!

        It's been a long day!

        Peter
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  • Profile picture of the author Gene Pimentel
    I love that vletter.com site. Thanks Steven.
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  • Profile picture of the author John M Kane
    search for "copy scribbles" by neil harvey
    might be your solution
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  • Profile picture of the author Fender85
    I really enjoy dafont.com They've got a whole section of "handwritten" fonts, plus I use them for like everything else.
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  • Profile picture of the author Danielle_B
    As a design person under normal circumstances, I've used Fontifier.

    It's quite cool. Allows you to turn your handwriting style into a usable font, including sigs, etc.

    You need access to a scanner though. You have to download a template, put all your letters/text/sigs in and then scan it back into the pc. They do the work from there, although on site after you upload the file.


    A note to the first-timers for sig apps though: You may not want to use your REAL sig, cuz it's then available for thievery from any bored hacker. Just a PSA.


    Cheers,

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    • Profile picture of the author Kevin Riley
      To me, all that font-generated "handwriting" looks like just that -- a bunch of font. For short blocks of handwritten text, notes on your site, or a signature, I like to handwrite on a very clean sheet of white paper, scan it into my computer, and use the Image Adjustments in Photoshop to make the background pure white.

      There's a big difference in real hand writing.
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      • Profile picture of the author Danielle_B
        I have to agree Kevin.

        On my TurtleBay site, I use my own sig done in just that fashion.

        Tho, I don't use a scanner; I just photo'd it with my snazzy macro lens camera and threw it up in Photoshop. Same effect.

        Plus I saved the ps file extension, so I can alter the image with colors and what not when I need to.

        ~D.
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      • Profile picture of the author Peter Bestel
        Originally Posted by Kevin Riley View Post

        To me, all that font-generated "handwriting" looks like just that -- a bunch of font. For short blocks of handwritten text, notes on your site, or a signature, I like to handwrite on a very clean sheet of white paper, scan it into my computer, and use the Image Adjustments in Photoshop to make the background pure white.

        There's a big difference in real hand writing.
        Kevin, I agree, that's the way I produce my hand written notes too. But some people's handwriting is, by their own admission, atrocious, so a handwriting font is one of the easiest alternatives. I think it's OK for short, one or two word messages, but for anything longer a genuine hand written message can't be beat.

        Peter
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        Originally Posted by Kevin Riley View Post

        To me, all that font-generated "handwriting" looks like just that -- a bunch of font. For short blocks of handwritten text, notes on your site, or a signature, I like to handwrite on a very clean sheet of white paper, scan it into my computer, and use the Image Adjustments in Photoshop to make the background pure white.

        There's a big difference in real hand writing.
        I totally agree with you there, Kevin. Handwriting fonts can be
        recognised after a couple of sentences because of the consistency.

        And since humans are creatures of error, that consistency might kill
        that "handwriting" site concept.

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        • Profile picture of the author Harvey Segal
          Originally Posted by war28476 View Post

          search for "copy scribbles" by neil harvey
          might be your solution
          I was actually looking to create text handwriting (not
          use existing graphics). Having said that 'copy scribbles' looks good
          and I have now purchased it. Thanks !

          Thanks to others for suggestions on fonts.

          Harvey
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  • Profile picture of the author rapidscc
    Hahaha that anti-poor program gave me quite a kick...

    Here I am confused, not knowing what to do (well, sometimes anyway) and here comes an ugly site with a PAYPAL button asking people to shell out $7 dollars. He even got an affiliate sign-up link!

    Guys, if you want to see real handwriting you better see the link above

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  • Profile picture of the author Allen Graves
    Here's the cheap way...

    Set your mouse speed to SLOW (from control panel)
    Open MS Paint (or similar).
    Start writing with your mouse and eventually you'll get a pretty good one.

    With the mouse speed slower than normal, its a lot easier!

    If you have an image editing program, try it from there, then you can smooth it and enlarge the pen size as well.

    Respectfully,
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    • Profile picture of the author WebSlicers
      Originally Posted by Allen Graves View Post

      Here's the cheap way...

      Set your mouse speed to SLOW (from control panel)
      Open MS Paint (or similar).
      Start writing with your mouse and eventually you'll get a pretty good one.

      With the mouse speed slower than normal, its a lot easier!

      If you have an image editing program, try it from there, then you can smooth it and enlarge the pen size as well.

      Respectfully,
      nice tip! now i can work on my pictures that i would like to put a quote on.
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  • Profile picture of the author rapidscc
    Hi Y'all

    Remember the ugly written website. I happened to bump into another site that has almost the same "tone" - arrogance in the message and carries the same pricing technique - 197 cross 49.95 cross and then down toi think 7 dollars? But this site I visited is a part of a huge network of sites owned by a millonaire.

    Anyway, we are all laughing earlier but I realized that the "butt ugly" website is actually or can actually be a creative idea of the same guy who's already made something of himself.

    I think he's even a warrior though I have no proof so I will not mention the nick. The case is that he's made millions already and running a successful web enterprise with multiple sites..the not so beautiful website might really be a selling strategy though I'm not so sure how much it made the guy. As you can see there is even a "Site for sale" on the bottom of the ugly site and a proper navigation.

    The very striking similarity that I noticed really is the tone of the content. How the message was delivered although the looks vary by a long mile.

    If the guy who owns the butt ugly site also owns the one I just recently visited, well he's made millions..

    Maybe next time I won't be so judgemental.

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  • Profile picture of the author onlinemarketer
    hey you could use even a word for that, just look for a handwriting font that looks close to a real handwriting, there are a lot in the net
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  • Profile picture of the author Simon Nicholls
    Don't think it's been mentioned, but GIMP is a decent free progam available for both Mac and PC. Although nothing beats Photoshop!
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