On the lookout for high-quality fonts to use in your projects? This roundup includes 20 beautiful script fonts to give your designs effortless elegance.
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A well-designed script font can quickly transform the look of your compositions by creating a hand-drawn feel. With the countless amounts of script styles found online, it can be easy to get overwhelmed with the amount of choices. To help narrow your choices, we’ve compiled an extensive list of 25 free script fonts of all types to give your designs that wow factor.
If you don’t have access to advanced design software, there are five script fonts listed here that are also available in our free Shutterstock Editor program. Simply open the Text (A) tool and select from the Font dropdown list to apply one of them to your designs.
The first font on our list is Amarillo, a calligraphic script font designed by Francis Studio. Its effortless transitions and letterforms make for a gorgeous headline on wedding cards or stationery. Couple this script font with a classic serif font, such as EB Garamond, and layer over romantic flowers for a dreamy look.
Download the Amarillo font on Dafont here. Free for personal use only.
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Blacksword, designed by Youssef Habchi, is a sharp-edged script font that features knifelike swashes and terminals. This typeface is best used as a heading or within the title treatment, as the swashes may be difficult to read at smaller sizes. Pair Blacksword with a balanced sans serif, such as Nunito, for a balanced composition.
Download the Blacksword font from Dafont here. Free for personal use only.
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3. Broadcast Matter
Add a handwritten touch to your designs with this textured brush script font. Pair Broadcast Matter with a restrained serif, such as Source Serif Pro, for an effortless juxtaposition. Broadcast Matter’s tactile qualities couple well with the fluid motions of watercolor backgrounds.
Download the Broadcast Matter font from Dafont here. Free for personal use only.
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4. Dancing Script
Dancing Script is a casual script font, designed by Impallari Type, that mimics the movements of a dancer with its fluid ascenders and descenders. Pair Dancing Script with a sans serif, such as Lato, for a playful contrast. The informal nature of Dancing Script is ideal for menu headers or card greetings.
You can find Dancing Script in Shutterstock Editor in the Font tab when the Text (A) tool is activated. Choose from an array of templates, or customize your design with effects, colors, and shape masks.
Download the Dancing Script font on Google Fonts here.
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For a go-to monoweight script font that completely mimics that brushed pen look, check out the Francisco font by Premier Graphics. Use this font for romantic wedding cards or laid over a trendy flat lay for a chic look.
Download the Francisco demo font on Dafont here. Free for personal use only.
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6. Golden Plains
Golden Plains, designed by BLKBK Fonts, gives off a whimsical and handwritten feel with subtle textures and organic letterforms. Pair Golden Plains with a soothing landscape or juxtapose its quaint style with a geometric pattern.
Download the Golden Plains demo font on Dafont here. Free for personal use only.
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7. Great Vibes
Great Vibes, a formal and elegant script designed by TypeSETit, is perfect for use on event invitations, menu headers, or holiday invitations. Combine the curvatures of this script with blurred patio lights for a romantic look.
You can find Great Vibes within our free Shutterstock Editor program in the Font tab when the Text (A) tool is selected.
Download the Great Vibes font on Font Squirrel here.
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Make a statement with this heavy brush script font designed by StereoType. Julietta’s thick letterforms stand out against detailed and dreamy forest landscapes. Contrast Julietta’s bold nature with a thin monoweight sans serif, such as Montserrat.
Download the Julietta font from Dafont here. Free for personal use only.
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9. Mark My Words
This brush script font by StereoType features thick letterforms drawn with a Stabilo marker. Subtle textures give Mark My Words a hand drawn effect, perfect for pairing with jagged mountaintops and on top of rustic flat lays.
Download the Mark My Words font from Dafont here. Free for personal use only.
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Matsury’s signature script style renders beautifully when applied to delicate floral wreaths as a chic quote or a decorative invite. Taken from hand drawn ligatures and letterforms, this font appears anything but restrained and digital.
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Give your photos a retro twist with this ’70s style script font designed by StereoType. Mustardo’s bottom-heavy letterforms provide a flared appearance seen in groovy posters. Pair this thick script with a monoweight sans serif, like Quicksand, for a balanced composition.
Download the Mustardo font from Dafont here. Free for personal use only.
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Nickainley, a monoline script font designed by Seniors Studio, adds the perfect whimsical touch to floral flat lays and is versatile for use in branding elements.
Download the Nickainley font from Dafont here. Free for personal and commercial use.
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Parisienne effortlessly marries casual and classic with its bouncy and free spirited nature. Contrast the aloofness of Parisienne with a more restrained sans serif, such as Raleway, for a well-balanced design.
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14. Petit Formal Script
Petit Formal Script, designed by Impallari Type, brings forth an air of elegance with its ball terminals and angled structure. Its well-spaced calligraphic letterforms ensure legibility even at smaller sizes. Contrast Petit Formal Script with Roboto Condensed for a suave juxtaposition.
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15. Pinyon Script
Pinyon Script’s curved swashes and angled letterforms give off an aristocratic ambience. Couple this luxurious script with copy set in Open Sans for a polished design.
Don’t have access to design software? You can easily find Pinyon Script within our free Shutterstock Editor program in the Font tab when the Text (A) tool is activated.
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Playball’s thicker letterforms and sporty appeal make it ideal for casual athletic event invites and designs. Couple Playball’s broad appearance with a thinner sans serif, such as Lato, for a balanced composition.
This font is available in Shutterstock Editor, where you can quickly add it to your own image uploads or any design you’re creating with Shutterstock images. Simply navigate to the Text (A) tool and select Playball from the Font dropdown to use in your future projects.
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17. Rouge Script
Rouge Script, designed by Sabrina Mariela Lopez, features ornate curves and slanted letterforms for a stylistic look perfect for fashion-oriented designs. Layer this font over cosmetic backgrounds or use in eye-catching Pinterest posts to quickly capture viewers.
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Sacramento, designed by Astigmatic, features monoweight letterforms with semi-connecting glyphs. Its thinner weight and whimsical look creates a style that teeters on the edge of formal and casual. Combine Sacramento’s quirky appeal with a trendy background to keep your designs in style.
This font is available in our free Shutterstock Editor program, where you can easily add it to your marketing designs. Simply navigate to the Text (A) tool and select Sacramento from the Font menu to apply to your projects.
Download the Sacramento font on Google Fonts here.
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This bold brush script designed by Susi Type packs a punch with its angled orientation and organic flow. Pair Thirthy with a retro filtered beach view for a smooth play on modern and vintage elements.
Download the Thirthy demo font from Dafont here. Free for personal use only.
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20. Wilderness Typeface
This gorgeous hand lettered font designed by Mats-Peter Forss features oblong letterforms created by a Tombow brush pen. Wilderness Typeface’s effortless and chic appearance works well for minimalist quotes.
Download the Wilderness Typeface from Dafont here. Free for personal use only.
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