The best free fonts: 88 quality type options for creatives

The best free fonts: Handwriting fonts

47. Cervanttis

Best free fonts: sample of Cervanttis font

Cervanttis is one of our favourite free fonts that emulate a signature style (Image credit: Crella Marketplace/Creatype Studio/Mats-Peter Forss)

With an effortless style and flow, Cervanttis Signature Script is one of our favourite free handwriting fonts and a great choice if you’re looking for a handwritten signature script. Crafted by Mats-Peter Forss, it’s one of the best free fonts for conveying the look and feel of handwriting. It would work well in logos, branding, advertising and social media posts.

48. Timothy

Best free fonts: Sample of Timothy

Handwritten fonts aren't all about swirly scrawl (Image credit: Timothy Goodman)

Handwriting fonts don't have to be about swirly letters. In this hand-drawn font, Timothy, it's block capitals that add a hand-written touch. Timothy was inspired by designer Timothy Goodman and we think it'd be a good choice when designing invitations. Note that you'll need to supply an email address.

49. Kavivanar

Best free fonts: Sample of Kavivanar

This slanted handwriting font is based on typical Tamal handwriting (Image credit: Tharique Azeez/Font Squirrel)

Designed by Tharique Azeez, this bold handwriting font was inspired by the slanting letterforms found in typical Tamal handwriting. As well as a Tamil alphabet, it also includes Latin letterforms. 

50. Tomato Soup

Best free fonts: Sample of Tomato Soup

The scratchy handmade feel of Tomato Soup is ideal for invitations or to recreate a handwritten note look (Image credit: Pixel Surplus)

If you ever feel like you want to recreate the scratchy handwriting of your doctor or perhaps teacher, this is the font for you. Tomato Soup was made by and looks best when there's less text – we wouldn't recommend writing out passages  with it.

51. Ambarella

Best free fonts: Sample of Ambarella

Ambarella is a beautiful calligraphy typeface (Image credit: Pixel Surplus)

Ambarella is a beautiful free font from Polem Studio. The handwritten design in a modern calligraphy style includes various swashes, alternates and Western European characters.

52. Nickainley

Best free fonts: Sample of Nickainley

Nickainley is a free font based on vintage-style handwriting (Image credit: Seniors Studio)

Nickainley is one of our favourite free handwriting fonts. This Monoline script with a classic, vintage feel, includes uppercase and lowercase characters, as well as numerics and punctuation marks. Created by Seniors Studio, potential use cases of this font include logos, T-shirt designs, letterhead and signage.

53. Shadows into Light

Best free fonts: Sample of Shadows into Light

This free handwriting font has rounded edges and a clean feel (Image credit: Google Fonts)

Shadows Into Light is the work of type designer Kimberly Geswein of Principal Design. Featuring rounded edges and neat, clean characters, this lovely handwriting font would be ideal for adding a personal touch to your projects.

54. Pacifico

Best free fonts: Sample of Pacifico

Pacifico is one of the most laid-back free fonts around (Image credit: Google Fonts)

Pacifico is a fun brush script handwriting font inspired by 1950s American surf culture. This open source font was one of the great contributions to the free software community by the late designer Vernon Adams.

55. Cute Punk

Best free fonts: Sample of Cute Punk

Cute Punk is a free font based on handwriting, but with a twist (Image credit: Flue)

Cute Punk offers a vibrant, youthful and thoroughly modern take on the handwriting font. Infusing the style with a striking, almost geometric feel, this free font is the work of Flou, a designer and illustrator from Bratislava, Slovakia.

56. Yellowtail

Best free fonts: Sample of Yellowtail

Free font Yellowtail features a classic approach to handwritten, brush lettering (Image credit: Google Fonts)

Yellowtail is an old-school, flat, brush font that evokes classic 1930s typefaces like Gillies Gothic and Kaufmann. Designed by typography institute Astigmatic, its mixture of connecting and non-connecting letterforms gives it a unique look and ensures good legibility. 

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Tom May

Tom May is an award-winning journalist and editor specialising in design, photography and technology. Author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Great TED Talks: Creativity (opens in new tab), published by Pavilion Books, Tom was previously editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. Today, he is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq and its sister sites Digital Camera World, and Tech Radar. He also writes for Creative Boom and works on content marketing projects.