6 Replies Latest reply on Mar 9, 2012 8:55 AM by warnoh

    How to make a handwriting font look like real handwriting in InDesign CS5

    warnoh Level 1

      This is a script I've written (AppleScript) that addresses the  problem most handwriting fonts have — they look like fonts, mostly  because they're settled so regularly along the baseline and their glyphs  are so uniform.

       

      It began as a way for me to address a  need for a project I was working on, something designed to look like a  scrapbook. I was using the "Journal" typeface designed by Fontourist  (http://www.dafont.com/journal.font), which gave me a good balance of  readability and organic feel, but of course it had the same issues as  all other fonts of its ilk.

       

      To address that I wrote a  script to trawl the taxt frames in a specified CS5 INDD document,  looking fist to see if they had that font as their active one, after  which the script shifts each glyph up or down the baseline by a random  amount, gives each glyph a random stroke weight change, and finally  tints each glyph a random amount off of its basic tint.

       

      Each  of these changes is very subtle, with the result being something that  looks considerably more organic and hand-made than the font did out of  the can. The script should be easily modified by anyone who wants to run  it using a different font instead of "Journal". Here it is. Enjoy!

       

      --

       

      -- This script changes the  baseline offset, stroke width, and color tint
      -- of any type set in the "Journal" typeface to randomized values,  giving
      -- the text a much more organic look and feel.

       

      -- Written by Warren Ockrassa,  http://indigestible.nightwares.com/
      -- Free to use, modify and distribute, but I'd prefer attribution.

       

      -- Note that this script can take quite a while to execute with  larger
      -- or more complex files.

       

      set theItem to 0

       

      set theItem to choose file with prompt "Select a CS5 InDesign  document to modify..."

       

      if theItem is not equal to 0 then
          
           tell application "Adobe InDesign CS5"
              
               open theItem
              
               tell active document
                  
                   -- Determine how many text frames we need to change
                  
                   set myFrames to the number of text frames
                  
                   if myFrames is not equal to 0 then
                      
                       set theFrame to 1
                      
                       repeat until theFrame > myFrames
                          
                           set myText to text frame theFrame
                           set myFont to applied font of character 1 of myText  as string
                          
                           -- Check to make sure we're only modifying text  frames
                           -- that have been set in the "Journal" typeface
                          
                           if word 1 of myFont is "Journal" then
                              
                               repeat with thisCharacter in (characters of  myText)
                                  
                                   -- Randomize the values of baseline shift,  stroke, and tint
                                  
                                   set baselineShift to ((random number from -5  to 5) / 10)
                                   set strokeWeight to (((random number 10)) /  100)
                                   set myTint to (100 - (random number 10))
                                   set fillColor to fill color of thisCharacter
                                   set baseline shift of thisCharacter to  baselineShift
                                   set stroke color of thisCharacter to  fillColor
                                   set stroke weight of thisCharacter to  strokeWeight
                                   set fill tint of thisCharacter to myTint
                                   set stroke tint of thisCharacter to myTint
                                  
                               end repeat
                              
                           end if
                          
                           set theFrame to (theFrame + 1)
                          
                       end repeat
                      
                   end if
                  
               end tell
              
           end tell
          
           beep
           display dialog "Modifications finished!" buttons {"Groovy!"} default  button 1
          
      else
          
           display dialog "Operation cancelled" buttons {"OK"} default button 1
          
      end if