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How To Use Script Typefaces Effectively


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Choose a script typeface that is in keeping with the overall tone of your document.

Typefaces that mimic cursive handwriting or fonts made from actual handwriting samples can convey a quiet elegance, personalize a form letter, or exude cheerfulness, playfulness, or a casual mood. However, there are some places where script typefaces are inappropriate.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: As long as it takes to choose the right script fonts

Here's How:

  1. Match script fonts to the tone of your document.
    Choose a script typeface that is in keeping with the overall tone of your document — whether formal, informal, elegant, or casual. Script faces that mimic the actual handwriting of someone are generally more informal or casual than the formal script fonts used in Wedding invitations, for example.

  2. Say no to ALL CAPS for script fonts.
    Don't use script faces in ALL CAPS. They are much harder to read.

  3. Don't mix scripts.
    Avoid mixing two or more script faces in a single document. They usually clash.

  4. Give script fonts more room.
    Allow extra character or line spacing for script faces with exagerated features or extra curves, swashes, and curls.

  5. Keep lines of text short.
    Avoid long lines and complete paragraphs of only script type. It is usually too difficult to read.


  1. Match script fonts with graphics.
    Match the tone of your script typeface with the tone of the graphics used in your publication — casual with casual, etc.

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