Is there a template/package that generates realistic handwritten documents?

The font should preferably reflect an average handwritting (readable).

Letters would follow a handwritting style but would change very little each time.

Has anyone got any news/updates?

  • see tex.stackexchange.com/questions/29402/…
    – Nasser
    Jan 6, 2014 at 22:09
  • I always thought one of the advantages of printing was that I didn't have to deal with other people's handwriting or, indeed, my own!
    – cfr
    Jan 7, 2014 at 2:07
  • @Nasser That question is about crazy fonts, and I quote: "I'd like to make these things look like they were scrawled by a gibbering madman". I'd like something that is enjoyable by anyone who reads it, that seems personalized and not computer generated, but maintains an average style of handwritting so it's readable by all. Jan 7, 2014 at 2:41

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There is HandLaTeX that could do it.

Edit: Beware, this package does not include any font, it just randomize the appearance of the text. Used with an handwritten-like font, it gives a satisfactory result.

Example, using the Fountain Pen Frenzy font:


Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, feugiat ad metus vestibulum at
eget. Condimentum est dictumst, quis cras congue et turpis, ornare
lacinia hendrerit platea in. Nulla est proin pellentesque hendrerit
nulla vitae.


enter image description here

  • Does it come with normal handwritting fonts? Sep 20, 2013 at 9:22
  • @user2692669: The webpage says no. Sep 20, 2013 at 9:31
  • This touches on a core aspect of this sort of thing --- it's dependent on the font --- there have been a number of fonts which have attempted to imitate the slight variation of handwriting, Beowolf being one of the notable examples: letterror.com/fontcatalog/fontfont-beowolf. Zapfino does have some variation through character substitution along these lines as I wrote up in: tug.org/TUGboat/tb24-2/tb77adams.pdf
    – WillAdams
    Sep 20, 2013 at 13:16
  • the above is very hard to read. Why not use what is here tex.stackexchange.com/questions/29402/… "How do I make my document look like it was written by a Cthulhu-worshipping madman?"
    – Nasser
    Jan 6, 2014 at 22:06
  • @Nasser IMHO, the original font is pretty hard to read, too. Jan 6, 2014 at 22:07

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