Tuck shop was handmade using real chalk and a natural slate chalkboard.

Tuck shop font a fun handmade chalkboard typeface

Introducing my new chalk font called Tuck Shop. I’ve been intending to do a chalkboard style font for a while now.

So I stopped thinking about it. Bought myself a real slate chalkboard for £10—bargain. Found out, it was too big to fit under my A4 scanner—Oh joy.

I’ll just take photos of my chalk drawings with my digital camera.

Cheap as chips

I got a pack of chalk for £1 at pound stretchers. I’m sure it would have cost ten times as much in my local art shop.

All set, time to get creating.

Chalk on slate

Time to get to work. My original intention was to create a cursive font. That mimics handwriting like what your teacher would do at school.

After drawing a few letters I had second thoughts. This chalk, combined with rough slate just won’t hold the detail I needed. Actually its not the chalks fault, its the slate—I now regret buying it.

I opted for simply drawn letters. So I just drew them until I filled my chalkboard, took a picture, cleaned it down and did another.

It didn’t take long before I had all the characters I needed.

Tuck Shop is a very detailed display font with a childlike naive personality.

Tuck Shop is a very detailed display font with a childlike naive personality.

Converting to a font

Now drawing the chalky characters is the fun part. The next steps in the font creation are a little more complex.

My conversion process is

  • Clean photographs in photoshop
  • Trace images in illustrator
  • Convert with Fontself Maker
  • Clean up in Glyphs app

I had to take all the photographs into photoshop, cleaned them up, cut and paste them into their own document and saved them.

From my experience in illustrator, the trace tool works much better on lots of little separate images. Rather than one massive image containing everything. And I wanted to keep all the dirty details that the chalk made.

I then placed all those images into illustrator and traced them using a preset that kept the details (but not too much)

I then used Fontself Maker to convert them and export as a font.

Tuck shop it's rough and untidy but that just adds to its charm.

Tuck shop it’s rough and untidy but that just adds to its charm.

Finishing Tuck Shop in Glyphs App

I then imported the font file into glyphs app. For a quick font creation, the font was far from finished. I still needed to

  • Tidy up paths
  • Add diacritical marks
  • Add Anchors
  • Add sidebearings
  • Add western, eastern and central European characters
  • Add Kerning Groups
  • Kerning and testing

Once all that was done, Tuck Shop font was born. Time for a well-earned cuppa.

Tuck Shop

Tuck shop is a detailed headline font with a cute, playful look and feel. It’s just the right side of childlike but not too childish.

As it was handwritten, it’s uneven and messy, and has a touch of the grunge about it. I like that—it gives it that human touch.

It evokes memories of school and notice boards so would be perfect for children’s books, posters and anything where you want that fun sketchy look.

Tuck shop font It reminds me of school and those notice boards outside coffee shops.

Tuck shop font It reminds me of school and those notice boards outside coffee shops.

Tuck shop font would be perfect for children’s books and posters

Tuck shop font would be perfect for children’s books and posters

Tuck shop font be epic by Simon Stratford

Tuck shop font be epic by Simon Stratford

Tuck Shop font its a fun typeface and would work for any project that requires a chalk style.

Tuck Shop font its a fun typeface and would work for any project that requires a chalk style.

Tuck shop font perfect for notice boards

Tuck shop font perfect for notice boards

Buy Tuck Shop for £8

Tuck shop has three styles;

  • Regular
  • Outline
  • Decoration

You can buy Tuck Shop Plus with all three styles for just £8. The font format is .OTF. The font includes upper and lowercase, numbers and punctuation & symbols. It includes support for Western, Central and South Easter European characters.

Get Tuck Shop

Try Tuck shop for free

You can take it for a spin, the free “regular” version only has uppercase characters.

Free Tuck Shop

That is all.

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