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Calligraphy is the art of mastering the hand, so it expresses emotions that words by themselves cannot convey. It is not by mistake that poems, and poetry writing has always been accompanied by calligraphic compositions. Greeting cards, birthday cards, thank-you cards or invitations could not be conceived without at least a touch of formal writing, or elegant cursive. How could one create a wedding invitation without the help of a classic copperplate ornamented handwriting ? How could any menu be designed without the help of some chancery or uncial styled typography ? And even today, could one imagine the internet without the highly calligraphy italic a, surrounded by an arabesque, the ubiquitous @ ?
Calligraphic fonts are the most amazing pieces of typography. Although they have an unmistakable old fashion look, they always charm the eye, especially when used elegantly as initials in beautifully set text (see statement above), or for invitations, poems, affirmations, and proverbs. For the type designer, the art of calligraphy is the basis of all creation. Although today, most of our craft is done with a computer, one should never forget the origin of our written language. I generally start any type creation by calligraphy. Besides giving me an instant feel of the construction that would not be possible on the screen, the square pen always helps to find the best curves, where mathematics have less to do than relationship with the medium. As Lao Tzu says in the Tao Te Ching : "the virtuous takes everything for difficult, and finally does not encounter any difficulty". Taking time to draw glyph on paper ultimately saves times on the computer...


Technical requirements

Windows
(all versions
3.2 and up) or
Mac OS X
(all versions).

A high resolution printer (300 dpi minimum, 600 dpi and over preferable).

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Calligraphy type example. Chencellerie Moderne is often called "Modern Chancery".
Calligraphy & Swash

Don't be shy ! If you find swash that is exceptionally beautiful, set it extraordinarily large and use it as a graphic element on your page -- show if off ! Set it in a pale color or as a shade of gray and let it swoop under your body text or behind a photograph. Use huge swash character as initial cap or as a lead-in to an article or chapter. Combine one large italic swash character with heavy, bold, black sans serif characters for a striking contrast in a title or quote.on't be shy ! If you find swash that is exceptionally beautiful, set it extraordinarily large and use it as a graphic element on your page -- show if off ! Set it in a pale color or as a shade of gray and let it swoop under your body text or behind a photograph. Use huge swash character as initial cap or as a lead-in to an article or chapter. Combine one large italic swash character with heavy, bold, black sans serif characters for a striking contrast in a title or quote.

From "The Non-Designer's Type Book : Insights and Techniques for Creating Professional-Level Type" by Robin Williams.



Arobasques
One ornamented italic font

$1.99 only instant download

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@robasques

Complete character set for the Arobasque font

 One font
Price : $1.99, including TrueType and PostScript.




Chancellerie Moderne
family of two fonts

$3.95 only instant download
for Windows

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Chancellerie Moderne

Chancellerie Moderne Calligraohic font complete character set

Chancellerie Moderne Heavy

Chancellerie moderne Heavy Calligraphic font set


2 fonts
Price : $3.95, including TrueType and PostScript.




Oncial (Uncial)
family of four fonts

$6.95 only instant download
for Windows

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Oncial

Oncial typeface full character set.

Demi Oncial

Demi Oncial typeface full character set.

Oncial Moderne

Oncial Moderne typeface full character set.

Oncial Moderne Slanted

Oncial Moderne Slanted typeface full character set.

4 fonts
Price : $6.95, including TrueType and PostScript.



Rodolphe
One font

$2.95 only instant download
for Windows

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Rodolphe

Rodolphe typeface - Click on the font to see a full character set.

Complete character set of the Rodolphe handwriting font

One font
Price : $2.95, including TrueType and PostScript.



Skryptaag
family of four cursive fonts

$5.95 only instant download
for Windows

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Skryptaag

Skryptaag cursive typeface - Click on the font to see a full character set.

Skryptaag Bold

Skryptaag cursive handwriting font.

Skryptaag Italic

Skryptaag cursive handwriting script font

Skryptaag Bold Italic

Skryptaag cursive font can be used for D'Nealian printing and software

4 fonts
Price : $5.95, including TrueType andPostScript.



Willegha
family of four fonts

$5.95 only instant download

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Willegha

Willegha typeface - Click on the font to see a full character set.

Willegha Bold

Willegha typeface - Click on the font to see a full character set.

Willegha Italic

Willegha typeface - Click on the font to see a full character set.

Willegha Bold Italic

Willegha typeface - Click on the font to see a full character set.

4 fonts
Price : $5.95, including TrueType and PostScript.


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