Why You Should Replace All Your Hand-Drawn Brush Scripts with SVG Fonts
Hand-drawn fonts are a crucial tool for creating an informal design style with a human touch, but as with all handmade art styles, you can’t beat the authenticity of artwork that has actually been created by hand. Brush scripts provide a quick and easy way to add hand-painted lettering to your designs, but traditional fonts can look a little fake. SVG Fonts are an innovative new technology that retains the detail and texture of the original hand-drawn scan, which results in a much more realistic font that is difficult to tell apart from authentic hand-lettered type.
Traditional Fonts vs SVG Fonts
Traditional fonts are made of vector graphics in a single colour: Black. This is ideal for defined serif or sans-serif characters, but handmade type needs to be vectorized into glyphs with a solid fill and hard outlines, which means they lose the definition of the original hand-drawn lettering. SVG fonts can contain full-colour graphics and transparency, which opens up a whole world of innovative new typefaces known as Color Fonts. One of the most common uses of SVG/Color Font technology is to create next-generation handmade fonts that look incredibly realistic with all the detail of a marker pen or paintbrush.
The Downsides of SVG Fonts
While SVG does stand for ‘Scalable Vector Graphics’, handmade fonts using SVG technology aren’t actually vector graphics at all, they are made using an embedded bitmap image. This means the type will begin to appear pixelated if the font is scaled larger than the original bitmap size. The best SVG fonts are made using high-resolution scans, but it’s something to keep in mind if you’re working on a large print design.
SVG fonts are used like traditional fonts, you can edit the size, tracking, and even OpenType features like normal, but you can’t alter the colour of the font directly. A workaround is to apply a Color Overlay, Hue/Saturation adjustment, or some kind of mask to alter the appearance.
Since SVG fonts are a relatively new technology, they aren’t supported by all creative software. Adobe users will need Photoshop CC 2017 or Illustrator CC 2018 (or newer) to use them. Procreate users can import fonts from version 4.3.
SVG Fonts to Replace Your Old Brush Scripts
When you need to add handmade type styles to your designs, SVG fonts provide the most realistic and authentic looking results compared to the basic appearance of traditional fonts. While SVG fonts do have some unfortunate drawbacks, they are always supplied with backup TTF or OTF versions so you have the best of both worlds! I’ve curated this collection of the best SVG fonts with a hand-drawn style, including friendly handwriting, elegant watercolour lettering, and rebellious brush scripts.
Handcrafted SVG Font Bundle by Tom Chalky
Hot Mess SVG Font by Set Sail Studios
Opulent + SVG Font by Set Sail Studios
Stay Dreaming SVG Font Set Sail Studios
Crush SVG Font Set Sail Studios
Avallon by Set Sail Studios
Portabella Font Collection by Callie Hegstrom
Palmetto SVG Font by Callie Hegstrom
Summer Loving Font Collection by Nicky Laatz
The Lovestory Font Collection by Nicky Laatz
InstaLove SVG Font by Nicky Laatz
Loving Celine Signature Font Trio by SilverStag
SkyLove SVG Hand Drawn Watercolor Script Font by SilverStag
Loving Rose SVG Watercolor Font by SilverStag
Black Caviar SVG Font by Ivan Rosenberg
Rocked SVG Font by Ivan Rosenberg
Empathy SVG Font by Ivan Rosenberg
Black Dragon SVG Font by Ivan Rosenberg
Chester SVG Font by Ivan Rosenberg
Pure Heart – OpenType SVG Brush Font by Greg Nicholls
Total Rage – Brush SVG Font by Greg Nicholls
Beforth – OpenType SVG Font by Greg Nicholls
Stay Gold SVG Font Duo by Greg Nicholls
Take Charge – OpenType SVG Font by Greg Nicholls
Almonte – OpenType SVG Font by Greg Nicholls
Hunters Opentype SVG Font by Greg Nicholls
Timber Wolf – Opentype SVG Font by Greg Nicholls
Stranger Times – OpenType SVG Font by Greg Nicholls
Fierce – SVG brush script font by Itsmesimon
Wild Irish Rose brush script font by Itsmesimon
Hipetype SVG Font by Get Studio
Thunder Stone Font Duo by Get Studio
Sherin SVG Font by Get Studio
Maverick Font by Twinbrush
Hackney by Ellen Luff
Soft Notes SVG Blackletter Font by Ana’s Font
Mellow: Brush & SVG Font by Unio
Sparose SVG Font by Dhan Studio
Hello Bloomie – SVG Font Family by My Creative Land
Mr. Poster – SVG Brush Font by Type Cargo
Triester SVG Brush Font by Maulana Creative
Halden – Hand Brushed SVG Font Duo by Surplus Type Co
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