Computer Calligraphy

Predictably, computer programs have been developed to do calligraphic writing.  Their appearance can be quite beautiful, particularly if the program allows for the many variations of different letter combinations encountered.  Because of all the subtleties involved in really attractive computer calligraphy, the font packages can be fairly large leading some calligraphers to limit the number of choices available.  Laudata currently has more than 150 fonts in use at any given time.  See examples.


Computer ‘calligraphy’ is most helpful in creating larger volumes of lettering, signage, programs and menus.  Some instances of addressing envelopes make good and appropriate use of computer calligraphy. 

Two issues  to consider when deciding about computer calligraphy for your project:

1. Why do you want the lettering to look hand-done?  Is the ‘too-perfectness’ of computer calligraphy what you really had in mind or is the likelihood of human variation the ‘look’ you want?

2. Where is the end product likely to be placed? If hand-done calligraphy is put into bright light for  any length of time, the ink will gradually fade. Computer calligraphy is much more likely to retain its bright, crisp look for a longer period.


Computer-generated calligraphy, when done properly, could easily take just as much time as hand-done work.   The pricing is likely to be similar.

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