Work & Journal from Designer Magnus Cederholm

Tusj, a handwritten font

March 11, 2008

For a project at Apt I made a font called Tusj (Indian ink), based on Georgia Bold. FFF Tusj is highly complex and works best in very large sizes.

FFF Tusj is free for both personal and commercial use.

Do not redistribute this typeface without permission, and you are not allowed to use this font in any kind of work that may offend people based on their race, ethnic background or sexual orientation.

Download FFF Tusj right here for free!
Click here to download FFF Tusj True Type (.ttf)
Click here to download FFF Tusj PostScript

I would be more than happy for a PayPal donation.


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  1. Love this font…it’s exactly what I was looking for! Do you have a postscript or open type version?

    • The font is used for the logo of a small library. I found this website by typing the filename in google to check if we have permission to use it.

  2. this font is absolute EYE CANDY!… love it.

  3. Absolutly the best font that I have ever seen (looks cool, common shapes, and more over..)

  4. Hei. Så fonten din på, rimelig veldig skikkelig kul.
    lurer litt på hva slags program du bruker. Og fortsett det gode arbeidet, kjikka litt kjapt igjennom sia, får si det sånn at du har bra skills.

    • Thanks.
      The FFF Tusj font is made using pen­cils, a scan­ner, Illus­tra­tor for trac­ing and Font­lab for mak­ing the font, kern­ing etc.

  5. Thanks.
    The FFF Tusj font is made using pencils, a scanner, Illustrator for tracing and Fontlab for making the font, kerning etc.

  6. Love this font but I’m having trouble with it not wanting to work with my Mac OSX Leopard. It says that there problem with “system validation” and that if I install it, it may cause my system to become unstable and crash. Are you aware of any issues with this? Is there a workaround? Thanks, Lysa

    • Are you using Font­book? I use Lino­type Font­Ex­plorer and have had no prob­lems. Are you unable to acti­vate the font, can’t you skip the warn­ing? Maybe Font­book thinks some­thing can go wrong because the font is so big (almost 1 MB).

  7. @ Lysa
    Are you using Fontbook? I use Linotype FontExplorer and have had no problems. Are you unable to activate the font, can’t you skip the warning? Maybe Fontbook thinks something can go wrong because the font is so big (almost 1 MB).

  8. This is an awsome font. I like how you transformed a simple shape into something more complex while keeping the readability.

  9. Nice work on this one. :)

  10. Its looks great, but for some reason when I install it on my mac it becomes bolder and darker and does not look the same as the one shown here. How do I get the original “look” of the font?

  11. @ FH
    What software are you using?

  12. To Magnus:
    I’ve tried Font Book and Linotype FontExplorer X, I still get the same bold/dark version of Tusj. If I use Pages for Mac, I am able to get it’s original look occasionally, but it usually crashes when I use it. It might be something with my Mac because friends who use Windows have no problem

    • I use Font Explorer X and it works great for me. FFF Tusj seems to be to complex for Apple’s software, but it works great using the Adobe-package.

  13. This looks black and thick on my MAC. What am I doing wrong?

  14. Hej,
    Jag har använt din underbara font i min header. Säg till om du har något emot det. Hälsningar Hemmabloggaren

  15. Thanks for sharing this great font, we used it for our logo and the header on our sidebar at
    We just made some changes to the W for our logo. I hope you like it :)

  16. Hi,
    I would like to marry that font – it’s very great *g*.
    But, unfortunately, my PC don’t like it.
    I’ve got Vista and it say’s, Tusj isn’t a font and writes chinese-looking types in a messagebox.

    Would be sooo happy if someone helped me!


  17. thank you thank you I love it!

  18. Thank the allmighty FSM,

    I’ve succeeded in puting that font on my PC.

    Sebi is happy

  19. Hi !

    Very good work indeed ! This font is wonderfull. I’d like to use it on a website. Would you happen to have *.eot and *.pfr versions ?

  20. I’m sorry Floof. All I have is the TTF and a Postcript Type 1 version.

  21. Thinking of using this font for my first tattoo. I love it *that* much. Will send pictures of the finished work if it happens.

  22. Great job on the font! Like comments 11 and 14, the font comes out bold and dark on my mac. How do I change that?

  23. @ Treciecup
    I guess it’s because you use Apple software(?) which renders typography in a differnet way than the Adobe package. I’m sorry I don’t know about any fix for this.

  24. Thank You so much. I Like it

  25. Beautiful, thanks a million, you are so talanted and generous to share this with everything!

  26. I like it.
    very very nice.

  27. Utrolig bra arbeid.

  28. Great font thanks, can’t wait to use it.

  29. Hey, great font. I love it. The font is mentioned as being ‘free.’ Is it free for commercial use?

  30. Please ignore my previous comment, I am apparently incapable of reading before I post.

  31. Hi Magnus
    Where can I get the Postscript version of Tusj? I too seem to have problems with the font giving random bold when I PDF the job from InDesign. I’m using the TTF version.

  32. I have put up a PostScript version now thanks to Amy. Check out the post for the new download-link.

  33. Hi Magnus,
    Your font is FAB, thanks a lot!
    The file is a bit large though. If I type anything, even inside Word, it takes ages to respond – and I have a pretty quick computer. I guess it’s the size of the file, isn’t it?
    Any chance of getting it smaller, say below 300 kb and releasing it again??

  34. Hi Regina
    You are right, it’s the size and complexity of the font that makes everything go slow. This was my first attempt on making a font file so there’s is room for improvements. To get the file-size down I have to edit every single character and make them less complex. It’s a big process that I don’t have the time for. I can recommend a simpler font called karabine, it might do the job better.

    • am a painter/writer/designer just organizing to incorporate after long sabbatical from career. this font tells me there is hope for all of us to help you help our eyes see better: there is so much redundant junk out there, and i’m green to the process. but the medium is the message. wrong/right fonts filter our minds’ cooperation, interest. THX!

  35. Très jolie fonte, excellent travail, c’est exactement ce graphisme que je cherchais. Je compte l’utiliser dans mon travail graphique avec votre permission.
    Encore Bravo

  36. Pretty handcrafted work!!! Thank you very much.

  37. Actually is that kind of work that becomes into a jewerly. Simply Great!!!!



    the link above shows how your font renders at 30-something at right), at 96 (at left) and on your site (center) on a Mac.

    The lines seem to be thicker, more numerous or closer together than in your preview image on the site; which of those, i can’t tell as i’m a developer (not web) not a designer – i just hang out on designer type sites for the hell of it.

    The only way I can see to get the font looking like you have it is to make it huge, which may not work for everyone. Good effort, though!

  39. Hi Magnus,
    I’m not able to load either the ttf or ps into fontbook (Mac). Every time, it just kicks out. Ideas?

    I’d love to use your font for a motion graphics project!



    • Hi JR
      I use Font Explorer X and it works great for me. FFF Tusj seems to be to complex for Apple’s software, but it works great using the Adobe-package.

  40. LOVE this font! Will let you know if I use it :) I’m thinking it would be cool as part of a journal design.

  41. thank you so much for sharing your awesome work so generously! will let you know when i’ve used it! :D

  42. i’ve tried to upload this font a couple times on this site and but it only shows up in bold. is there a reason for this? can i get the one that is regular?

    • There is only one style. The font may render different depending on what software you are using. It seems to be to complex for Apple’s software, but it works great using the Adobe-package.

  43. I would like to use this font in a logo for a new company. Am I permitted to edit this font for use in the logo in order to make it unique? Please advise.

  44. Thanks very much, it’s a gorgeous font. Perfect.

  45. love the font, thank you!

  46. Killer display font! I’ll put it on our classroom computers and let you know when the kids put it to good use. Thanks so much on behalf of the kids in the Mac Lab!

  47. This is a beautiful font, thanks for making it available for personal use!!

  48. Recently this font was used on a new advertising campaign of Centennial of Puerto Rico. Centennial is a communications company recently acquired by AT&T.

  49. Hello, it’s awseome :D

    But, am i allowed to embet it to my website?

    • Yes your are, but I do not recommend using a 1MB font like Tusj for css font-embedding. If you use it be kind and include the @licenseurl in the CSS file like I did on this site.

      • I was thinkning about using cufón, wich converts it into a js file :)

  50. Thank you very much for the font, it really dictated my, rather, amateur design. I mean that in a good way, it really fits as larger type where you can see the lines. My only grip is that the extra lines, the eye candy, are not more visible. The half-filled in is very nice though, it isn’t solid and it even empathizes the crust of the lettering. Anyway enough of my blathering, what I managed to pull off;

    PS: The design is final but some of the coding is incomplete.

  51. My favorite typeface so far ! You did an awesome work here, thanks for sharing this piece of art…

  52. Thanks for the awesome typeface… just what i wanted!!

  53. Thank you!! Love that font!
    Has everything I was looking for: purism, simplicity and playfulness.
    Also you rock for including umlauts.

  54. This is a fabulous font, thank you for making it available to everyone. I have used it on a funny t-shirt design.

  55. Salut Magnus,

    Jag använda Tujs här
    Tack så jävla mycket för din finaste jobb !

    Hälsning från France och… GOTT NYTT ÅR !!!

  56. Help! I am not able to download this font! I use a MacBookPro – 10.6.2 and I keep getting an error saying that it is unable to unarchive the file. Suggestions?

  57. I’m having the same bold issue as others have mentioned, using OS X 10.6.2. I tried downloading it from dafont and directly from this site, but both only resulted in the bold font, not the regular one.

  58. Nevermind, just read your response about Font Explorer X. Oh well.

  59. FFF Tusj will probably be used as a base for the logo of “DOX,” SVT’s new documentary slot. The title sequence will be of people writing out DOX in the air with a flashlight. I’ll post a link to the finished piece in a few weeks!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  60. Very well done infill font – you even made the 2010 Home Show logo
    in Queensland, Australia – ooops, did they ask???

  61. lovely font – and very much natural – thanks for sharing !!

  62. Tusj is a wonderful font, I loved it as soon as I saw it for the first time. I used it on my homepage Thank you very much for making this and offering it!

  63. Hej, hittade ditt snygga typsnitt på dafont och har använt det i min bloglayout. Hoppas det är ok, annars är det bara att hojta! Har fått flera förfrågningar om just typsnittet och frågar nu om det är ok att jag tipsar om det? Med vänliga hälsningar – Camilla

  64. Hi, I really like your font, used it for a website I made for my friend’s kennel :) (only the norwegian part of the site has any content yet)

  65. Hej! Super snyggt typsnitt och säger bara att jag använt det till att göra en ordtavla som ska pryda mitt kök! Kommer även att visas på min blogg. Hoppas det är ok att jag tipsar om typsnittet där.

  66. What template do you use in your blog

  67. Thank you for this nice typeface! I have used it on some t-shirts:


  68. Hi! I absolutely LOVE this font and have been seeing it pop up all over the place lately! I used it for a type specimen project which is now up on my portfolio, I hope that’s ok!

  69. Hi Magnus

    I use OSX 10.6.2 and I have the same bold issue as others have mentioned. I downloaded all versions available, imported in both Fontbook and Font Explorer X, tested in Adobe Illustrator CS and Photoshop CS4 but I get only the bold version.

    I would love to use your font so much, is there any way you could explore this problem for all people having this issue? Donations aside, I would be happy to pay for having this problem fixed :)


    • Wierd that you have this problem using Photoshop CS4. Do you have fontrendering set to smooth? Most people who have the bold problem use apps like Word and Pages.

      • That was the problem Magnus! The font rendering was set to Sharp, now it works! Thank you very much :)))

  70. Hi Magnus, I would like to port this font to iPhone..
    Can we get in touch by email? Thanks!!

  71. Hej! Fantastisk font, Magnus! Jag har använt Tusj till en illustration och nu kommer den eventuellt att tryckas på t-shirt. Har jag din tillåtelse till detta?


  72. thank u for this nice fonts! so love it :))

  73. Thanks for sharing this great font! Is there a chance that you could include the accented vowels and the letter Ñ (ñ) to use it in Spanish?

  74. I’m going to be using this fantastic font in a little Blog I’m throwing together. It evokes the perfect mix of blueprint, sketchbook, and work-in-progress while also feeling totally complete.

    It perfectly matches the subject matter I’m going for.

    The world thanks you for making and releasing this font.

  75. Tjenare,
    Grymt fin font, som jag planerar att använda i en broschyr för Grand Design Textil.
    Det är deras kommande broschyr som skall gå i tryck nu i sommar och som är för hösten 2010. Bifogar en länk till deras hemsida så du får ett hum om vad dom är för några :)

    Hoppas att detta är ok.


  76. Not that you need another comment, but just thought I’d let you know I LOVE your font and wanted to say a big thanks for offering it up for download. Much appreciated :)

  77. I love the font but whenever I install it, I am only allowed to use the BOLD font. I thought it was just a problem with my old Mac but I just purchased a new mac and am having the same problem.

  78. great font my friend :)

  79. I love your FFF Tusj font. I’m using my company name in your font as a logo for my startup. We’re developing iPad applications for architects and I also using the font for page headings in our app, Architactile Inception. And today I ordered business cards using the “logo”.

    Web page

    Video of Architactile Inception

    Business card artwork

    This font totally rocks. I’m donating $100 USD to you because this font is worth every cent. I hope everyone that uses it for commercial purposes does the same.



  80. Hi,

    I’m about to use your great font on my future website :

    Of course I’ll add your name and website on my partnership page.

    Thanks again for your great job ! ;)



  81. Wow amazing!!! Using it now. Thanks for letting us use it! Amazing!

  82. Beautiful font, exactly what I was looking for. I’ve used it here:


  83. Oops, just re-read my comment and I forgot to actually say thank you!

    Many thanks for sharing this lovely font :)

  84. Thanks for the great font! I’m using it on
    I’ll add your link on the credits page! :)

  85. Hi Magnus –
    Love your font and chose it for my titles, as I do a lot of pencil illustration. I was wondering if you have ever solved the anti-aliasing problem on the Mac? The font’s transparency between the hand-etched lines does not appear. Have you looked into any CSS anti-aliasing solutions? I would like to hear your progress on this issue and hope to make a donation if it can be solved.
    Thanks for your beautiful design!

  86. Love the font but it is only downloading in a Bold format which eliminates the hand drawn features. Any tips on how to fix this problem?

    • Hi Jamie.
      There is only one style. The font may render different depending on what software you are using. It seems to be to complex for Apple’s software, but it works great using the Adobe-package.

  87. Just found your font, perfect for what I needed. I’m going to add your name and website in a special thanks page.


  88. I am just getting my website and business started. Your font is PERFECT for what I need. I am using it on my site and in my logo. I can’t thank you enough for making it available. :)

  89. Many thanks for the use of your font for personal or commercial use. I really like the hand designed feel, and have used it on my website My website name VaporSoup was created with your font – and was uniquely colored.

  90. Hi. Deep thanks for the font, it’s absolutely beautiful and adds a great touch to documents. I used it in a one-page humor guide to buying christmas presents, here:

  91. I could be mistaken, but I’m pretty sure this font is being used for a BBC Two comedy promotion…

  92. I am going to use for personal use.
    There are same fonts in AppleMac library.

    Thank you very much for the fonts, it’ll help me add art to my works (not commercial).

  93. Thanks you very much , i’m going to use this for a youtube intro

  94. Thank for the font, I used it in the cover of the “first” book of a friend of mine :) you can see it here:

  95. I used it on my portfolio website (credits on the colophon page ). It really goes great with actual Georgia font :)

  96. Hi Magnus, thanks so much for sharing this beautiful font. I would like to use it as the headline font in a craft magazine called Making that I design. Please get in touch as I would like to give you a credit on the contributors page, and also to send you a copy of the magazine….and ask about an acceptable donation too :)
    thanks again, Faye

  97. Thank you si much to share this beautiful font!
    We would like to use it in the design of our products, is that permitted?
    Thanks in advance for your answer!

  98. Thank you so much!

  99. How I can install this beautiful font? when I try yo open with WinZip (on windows XP) it says to me that the file isn’t valid… or other things like that. How I can do? (please use a simple Englih, i’m italian… :D)

  100. No wait.. Maybe i can do it..

    • However this is the most beuatiful font that i ever seen… Good job guys

  101. Hello Magnus! first of all thanks for sharing this great work!

    We are trying to develope a fashion event, Is it possible to use your font for it?

    Thanks in advance and again, really nice job!

  102. Hello, Nicely done and thank you for sharing. I think I will use it for my slide show…


  104. I’m the Systems Administrator for s|studios, a rag-tag bunch of Graphic Designers

    … I happened across your absolutely lovely font some while back and presented it to my constituents. They were as blown away as I with your generosity (FFF Tusj is free for both personal and commercial use)
    Being, also a BOFH, I still have a reputation to uphold, so I changed everyones passwords without notice on the server.
    Ahhhh, it’s good to be King …
    But, I digress.
    I am also the Photographer, (my first calling) and I’m preparing to scan the vast film trove from when I first began image making up until the present – no small endeavor.
    I will be using your magnificent FFF Tusj Fonts as my primary for the site (dosomethingbeautiful) and I wish to express my appreciation to your style and skill, not to mention your charity.
    It may not be soon I complete this, but your font will make it oh, so better.
    So I bid you a-do, and the check is in the mail (honest, soon)


  105. Hi there – I love this font! However, when using it in Publisher and Word, if I make it very large (eg. 110pt) some letters (like K and M) won’t print. Help! Am I doing something wrong?

  106. This beautiful, complex, well crafted font is offered for free?

    Thank you!

  107. Thank you for your beau­ti­ful and naturel font!
    We would like to use in our book, is that per­mit­ted?
    Thanks in advance for your answer!

  108. Hi,

    First of all, beautiful font. As a designer myself, awesome work :)

    Just thought you might like to know though – it’s currently being used in an anti-gay hate campaign in my home country of Australia. I read a story today about the publishers of the signage (that denounces same sex marriage as being harmful to children) being sued by the photographer of the stock photo used in the campaign and thought, “huh, wonder who did the font?” Not sure what, if anything, you can do given that you’re releasing this free (or even if you’d WANT to do anything) but yeah – just thought I’d pass on the info.

    The link to the story I read is here: – hoping it embeds. Otherwise if you just google ‘anti-gay truck queensland’ you’ll find the stories.

    • Hi Stacey
      Thanks for the information. Sad to see it being used to promote shit like that! I have updated the info in this post, so if they continue to use my font it will be a violation of the license.

  109. Hi, just wanted to tell you I’m using your font in my blog:

    thanks for creating such a wonderful font!!!! :D :D :D

    Regards, F.

  110. Hi Magnus,

    I’m so greatful to you for making this font available to us! It is beautiful organic, and strong. I’ve read through all the comments and enjoyed seeing the different ways people have used your font. I see you have it listed free for personal and commercial use, but I still wanted to ask you personally. I am working on re-branding a logo for a publishing company that specializes in hands-on materials for drug and violence prevention, character education, life skills, school success, and mental health. Would it be ok if I used FFF Tusji for this? Thank you!

  111. Hey Magnus,
    My name is Nick Alto, I’m currently a Computer Science undergrad at Oregon State University. I’m creating an iOS application, a take on the dot game ( I was wondering if it would be alright if I used it in my application. I absolutely love this font, and it would go great with the handwritten-feel of my application. Thank you!

  112. Hi Magnus… I absolutely love this font! Thank you so much for sharing it!! For some reason, some of the letters aren’t showing up when I try to use it. For example… when I type “cindy” it comes up as just “ci”. I’m using a program called print artist which I’ve never had any problems with fonts in before. Do you have any idea what could be causing this?
    Thank you for your time :)

  113. hi
    i love this font
    im an architect, can i use de font in my logo?

  114. Hi Magnus, thanks a lot for the great font. You said to let you know where it’s being used so I thought I’d mention I’m using it for a site I’m working on, It’s only a couple of days old and it has a long way to go yet but the font already makes a difference. The site is open source – Thanks again, Danyal

  115. Hi Magnus!(: I see you have it listed free for com­mer­cial use, but I want to ask you per­son­ally. I’m working in a design of a logo for my future project, a online store of shirts. So i want to use it in the design of them, is that permitted?
    Beautiful font, love it :D

  116. Hi, this font is great. I think I am going to use it for a commercial site. Donation will be made as soon as money comes in ;-)

  117. Hi, which one is the font-family for a CSS file? I’ve tried with FFF Tusj or similar combinations (i.e. FFF-Tusj or so) but it was all wrong. Please, help me. And thanks a lot for such a great work!

  118. Great font. Exactly what I needed! Thanks

  119. great font

  120. I was able to fix the issue of certain characters not being printed by adding a PCL 5 print driver (I was using PCL 6) . This gave me the option of selecting ‘Download as bit image’ in the True Type Mode setting under the ‘Print Quality’ tab of printer properties.

  121. I love this font!
    How can I use this font well in small size?

  122. Hi – I love your font and wanted to use it in a photo book I am making. However, when I download it, I only get the bold file no matter how many different things I try. Did something change to where you only have the bold offered now? The font isn’t as clear in bold and I would love to try and get the original font. Thank you!!!

  123. Great font. Thanks you very much.

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  125. I need your help! the letter D on the PDF is it in very bad quality :( can you help me?

  126. Hi! I would like to use this font as part of a logo for a marketing class I’m going to be teaching, would that be OK?

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