The right font can instantly improve the look of your marketing presentation, impress your client, or escalate your design from average to exceptional.
But it's often tough to find a font that falls somewhere in-between classy and dramatic -- particularly when you're not willing to pay for an experienced calligrapher.
Calligraphy fonts are more artistic than the average font, often using a script style to emulate the look of handwriting. But as generic as this may sound, there are dozens of calligraphy styles you can choose from.
Types of Calligraphy
There are three main types of calligraphy: western, eastern, and Arabic. Each type reflects the language and handwriting of a different region of the world. Whereas western calligraphy demonstrates English handwriting, eastern calligraphy encompasses most Asian alphabets. Arabic calligraphy is a tall typeface based entirely on the Arabic alphabet.
We've compiled 17 of the best calligraphy fonts we found online, all of which are considered western calligraphy. These fonts are subtle, professional, and eye-catching. Best of all, they're free, so you can download and try them all before picking your favorite.
Check out our list, if for no other reason than to see me try to describe what fonts look like ...
Most of these fonts are for personal use only, but some of them are available for commercial projects. Below each font, we'll specify whether it's free for personal or commercial use -- however, if you're considering using the font for commercial purposes, please read the font's individual licensing agreement.
Free Calligraphy Fonts
1. Alex Brush
This font is classic and understated. It's also legible and clear, with decent space in between each letter, so you can use the font even for dense paragraphs of text.
Quigley Wiggly doesn't look as goofy as it sounds, but you'll still get a healthy dose of casual when downloading this typeface. Its bold style makes it a perfect title font for any campaign you might be hosting.
This font falls somewhere between retro and conservative, making it fitting for both professional presentations, or playful signs or titles. The spacing between each letter also makes it easier to read than some of the other calligraphy fonts.
This is one of the more casual and spirited fonts in the mix, evoking memories of girls names in high school yearbooks, which could be ideal if you're looking to add a personal or hand-written feel to your design.
If there was ever a font that mimicked a “Learn Cursive” activity book, this would be it. The simple, precise lines make it a good bet for any longform content you're trying to spruce up, while remaining traditional.
This formal design echoes nineteenth century letter-writing styles, making it a tasteful option for formal posters, invitations, or namecards. This is a good font to use if your theme is more conservative.
Undoubtedly one of the more feminine, charming fonts in the list, Sophia uses wide and thin strokes to appear beautifully hand-drawn. This font would work perfectly for any design calling for a soft, graceful feel.
Special Valentine is one of the few classic fonts where the uppercase and lowercase letters are similar sizing and aligned. This makes it useful for full paragraphs by ensuring easy readability, but it's still elegant enough to also use for invitations or titles.
There's something about this font that screams “outdoors-y” to me. I don't know if it does the same for you, but regardless, Qaskin Black is an unusual calligraphy font, seeming more tough and rustic than the others.