Once you've got the font into Photoshop you can colour
it and add effects, as you would with any other graphic.
It took me half an hour to create this font using Data Becker's
Your Handwriting II program which arrived in the
post today. The individual letters could do with a lot of editing
but at least I've gone through all the stages in creating a True
Type font for Windows. It works.
As my old version of the Your Handwriting didn't work
properly in Windows XP it's some time since I've used the program
and I found myself fumbling through the process: I called the font
Aardvark so that it would be there at the beginning of
the list when I selected the font in Photoshop.
I've had plenty of practice with this type of pen recently,
writing addresses on numerous parcels of books and also, at the Rotary
Club the other day, using it to draw a lightning sketch of Richard Hensby,
their president. I'd taken the marker pen in order to draw on cell but,
as we had a hitch with the overhead projector, I ended up drawing on a
After years of using recycled materials I've unfortunately
had to opt for a new system of packing to keep up with the demand for
the new book. This pre-cut self adhesive card from Novia
sticks to itself but not to the book inside. I don't need the bubble-wrap,
magic tape, craft knife, recycled cardboard, parcel tape gun, scissors
and brown paper that I've been using to pack books for the last five years:
just fold the package over the book and seal the ends with a press (optional,
but it makes such a neat job, it's worth having).
As it's lighter than my homemade packages, I save more than
the cost of the packaging when I'm posting off books via air mail.
Sorry, I can't find anywhere selling Data Becker's
Your Handwriting II (now published by Phoenix Global Software):
mine came as an e-mail offer from www.serif.com
Answers magazine (USA) recently featured a similar
program on its Answers Disc CD.
I get the self-adhesive packages from Novia
Richard Bell, email@example.com