Ohhhh, who doesn’t love a good brush script font?! There are so many out there available…and for free too! And today, we’re talkin’ about Aprillia Script.

The great thing about some of these free fonts is that you can get the main alphabet for free. If you want the swirly twirlies, not only do you buy the whole font (which is usually pretty reasonable), more than likely you’ll need something like Adobe Illustrator to access the extra characters known as glyphs. So keep that in mind.

What I Like:

  • The thick and thin of it all!
  • The playful hand-written look, of course. ;)

Helpful Hints:

  • I’m not particularly a fan of doing a complete sentence in this font. I like mixing just a word or couple words to make the statement. But that’s just me.
  • Try changing the placement of certain letters vertically along the baseline and even changing the size of some of the letters. This is best done once you’ve changed the letters to a path–in Studio or Illustrator (or PS). Note the m’s. The first one has been increased in size a little and moved up the baseline. Not only does it mix up the look, but it allows the letters below to tuck up underneath even more. The ‘es’ in ‘vibes’ have been moved up as well. It just makes it all sit together nicely. I also moved the points of the left side of the left ‘m’ down a little just to add an extra difference to the letter.
  • Increase the size of the bottom word a little, if needed, to fill up more space. With a font like this it’s not so noticeable.
  • Increase the height a little to elongate the letters, if desired. I preferred a little taller look than the its original state.
  • Watch the space where you have an ‘r’. If you notice in the original sample, it doesn’t quite connect to the letter before it. You can move them closer together and Weld (or Merge in AI), and then fix your points to make it look smooth.
  • If you’re spacing is off between the two words you are using, try adding a shape, like an arrow or in this case, a sun. The sun is from the free font Suns and Stars. The left three rays have been removed, so to speak. Rather than flat out deleting them (once converted to a path), I changed them to No Color so that I would have the option of using the whole sun if I didn’t like how ‘eliminating’ the three rays looked.

So as you can see, if you take a little time to alter your letters, you can take your word from fine to that’s sooo much better. You can cut it or add it to a photo like this–and maybe add a little shadow to give dimension and make it pop.