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Recently my struggle to find out some handwritten fonts for some document led me to this question.

What are the various packages that give nice looking handwritten and / or calligraphic fonts?

I know that the experts here will come out with all possible list. The idea here is to make this a reference for people like me who search for fonts like this (I have struggled, let others not). I will add an entry here:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{frcursive}
\usepackage{calligra}
\newcommand{\setfont}[2]{{\fontfamily{#1}\selectfont #2}}
\begin{document}
\setfont{frc}{This is frcursive font.}\\
\setfont{calligra}{This is Calligra font.}
\end{document}

enter image description here

I request experts to kindly add all possible details on various such free fonts to be served as a reference for people like me please.

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I think that clearly differentiating between free and non-free fonts would also be valuable (including details, like "free for non-commerical use" etc.). Could you add this to your question? –  mbork Mar 14 '12 at 11:37
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I don't quite see the point of this question since there already is tug.dk/FontCatalogue/calligraphicalfonts.html. If this list is missing any fonts, tell the maintainer, who is very responsive. I don't think the work needs to be done twice. –  doncherry Mar 14 '12 at 13:11
    
@doncherry: thanks, I didn't know that! –  mbork Mar 14 '12 at 13:15
    
@doncherry All the fonts in the link you mentioned are not free it seems. I meant free fonts. –  Harish Kumar Mar 14 '12 at 14:57
    
@mbork Thanks for the comment. I added it in the edit. It is actually free fonts. –  Harish Kumar Mar 14 '12 at 14:58

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All this information is right there on The LaTeX Font Catalogue: Calligraphical and Handwritten fonts. For every font, there is an explanation how to use it. Hence, I don't think we need to maintain a list of such fonts here because there already is an excellent database with a maintainer who'll gladly accept your suggestions for improvement.

As for the question about the fonts being "free", About The LaTeX Font Catalogue says:

The license of the fonts vary, but are all free. Note that the fonts not necessarily are free to distribute, and some fonts are available for non-commercial use only.

Anyways, here's how you could use the four fonts that come first alphabetically, i.e. the ones that I mentioned in my comment. I'm using MiKTeX 2.9 with on-the-fly installation enabled. You might have to call updmap after installing a font. If a specific font doesn't work, feel free to ask a new question about it.

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{emerald}% 1
\usepackage{aurical}% 2
\usepackage{pbsi}% 3
\usepackage{calligra}% 4

\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}

\usepackage{lipsum}% for filler text

\begin{document}

\section{Augie} {\ECFAugie\lipsum[4]}
\section{Auriocus Kalligraphicus} {\Fontauri\lipsum[4]}
\section{BrushScriptX-Italic} {\bsifamily\lipsum[4]}
\section{Calligra} {\calligra\lipsum[4]}

\end{document}

the output

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Thank you very much. Please come down the list in that link a bit. For some fonts Type 1 is not available. For example Vereinfachten Ausgangsschrift, TW Cal 14,Vicentino to name a few. Are you able to use them? If so pl. educate me how. If you want I can post a separate question for that. Otherwise, that list is good and I am already aware of that list. Thank you for your time. –  Harish Kumar Mar 14 '12 at 15:49
    
The fonts you're listing are not included in MiKTeX, as you can see at ctan.org/pkg/twcal etc., so you'll have to install them manually. tex.stackexchange.com/q/2063/4012 will get you started. If you run into trouble, ask a question and I'm sure Ulrike Fischer, the MiKTeX font expert, will be right there :). –  doncherry Mar 14 '12 at 16:05
    
@doncherry Did you know something about Cyrillic T2A hand written fonts? –  sergiokapone 2 days ago
    
@sergiokapone No, unfortunately not. On the Font Catalogue, it says “As my knowledge on Greek, Cyrillic, and other alphabets is very little, I have only included fonts providing the Latin alphabet.”. If there is no question about such fonts here, you’re more than welcome to ask one! –  doncherry 2 days ago

I suggest to see here first: http://www.tug.dk/FontCatalogue/calligraphicalfonts.html

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If you really want to dive into using a variety of fonts with LaTeX, I strongly recommend you use the awesome fontspec package in combination with either XeTeX or LuaTeX. fontspec allows you to select any open type font (OTF) that you have installed on your machine using a command like:

\newfontfamily{\Segoe}{Segoe Script}

You can find lots of handwriting or calligraphy fonts on sites like FontSquirrel, e.g. here or here.

I also recommend you check out the documentation of the fontspec package because it demonstrates advanced uses of open type features (e.g. stylistic variants), especially with the Zapfino font.

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Google Web Fonts got a good bomber of handwriting fonts (I see 99 families so far, when selecting only the “Handwriting” filter). All are freely licensed and can be downloaded from the Google Code Project to be used with desktop applications (despite the name, they are regular fonts). They can of course be used out of box with XeTeX and LuaTeX, but with some effort you can istall them for PDFTeX as well (following the general TrueType and OpenType installation methods).

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One font that is good for such applications is the zapf chancery. Here is an example adapted from the link to work as a minimal:

\documentclass[danish,a4paper,11pt]{scrartcl}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage{babel,lipsum}
\usepackage{slantsc}
\usepackage{array}
\usepackage{amsmath}
\setkomafont{subsection}{\usefont{T1}{fvm}{m}{n}}
\setkomafont{section}{\usefont{T1}{fvs}{b}{n}\Large}
\setcounter{secnumdepth}{0}
\pagestyle{empty}
\usepackage{chancery}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}

\begin{document}
\section*{Zapf Chancery}
\subsection*{\textbackslash rmfamily}
\normalfont\rmfamily
\lipsum[1]
\subsection*{\textbackslash itshape}
\normalfont\itshape
\lipsum[2]
\end{document}

enter image description here

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I think you should indicate that it wasn't you who wrote this example, even though it's pretty simple. Even better, write one up that doesn't include stuff that's not needed just to use Zapf Chancery. –  doncherry Mar 14 '12 at 15:44

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