The world of calligraphy has always fascinated me. As a former graphic design student, I found the effects of different fonts on a piece of art or copy were very interesting. However, I always wanted a way to create new fonts from my phone with the help of technology because I was never very artistic myself.
Fortunately, I found this helpful link that sent me to a page full of awesome calligraphy apps that allowed me to do all this and more. The benefits of these apps are surprisingly numerous, especially for aspiring artists and graphic designers.
Customize your font, size, and colors
Many apps like the Calligraphy Penmanship app will allow you to type or write text before manipulating it in a variety of ways. This is an easy way to create the fun word art, send exciting and different messages to friends and family, and take your artwork to the next level. If there’s a piece of art or a picture you’ve taken that you’d enjoy laying text over, having the option to change the font size and color can help you find the perfect fit.
There are also a lot of therapeutic values to being able to change the fonts. As people deal with different emotions during the day, journaling, writing, or making art can be a fun way to meditate and clear their minds. By being able to change the font size and add aesthetically pleasing effects like shadows and backgrounds, you can take your journaling in different directions that can stimulate your creativity.
Create your own font styles
Along with being able to aid your journaling, calligraphy apps allow you to get even more creative by designing your own font styles. You can draw them from scratch or edit existing fonts to suit your vision so that you can type in all new fonts that look exactly how you want them to. There are over 100 base fonts to choose from for editing or the option to draw your own upper and lowercase letters.
Many of these apps feature a calligraphy keyboard that can help take your font and apply it to any project you’re creating. And it’s not just reserved for the English language. There are Old English fonts along with Chinese and Arabic symbols, and more. Now you can create the perfect font for the picture or journal piece that needs a quote or message.
Life-like pen strokes
As you continue to explore these apps, you’ll notice that some can help you create life-like pen strokes right on your phone with either a finger or stylus. These apps allow you to replicate the thickness of the pen stroke based on the angle on the stroke, along with changing colors and adding various effects. Now you can let your inner artist flourish as you draw incredible word art right on your phone.
In the same way, these apps can also teach you how to create word art on paper. With calligraphic stroke lessons, tutorials, and videos, these apps can teach you the proper tools and techniques to create calligraphy on the phone and on paper. You can even print out your designs for mass-production or trace them to create real-life art that originated with artistic effects on your phone.
If being creative with fonts or artistic journaling helps you meditate or enjoy your projects more, then calligraphy apps will be an entertaining and productive tool.
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