Do you ever struggle finding new fonts for your graphic or logo designs, or just for fun projects? Do you know that there are a lot of fonts/types in the graphic programs, like Photoshop and InDesign, that are not real types, but kind of invented for the computer use only and translate no originality or uniqueness of any sort? That is why, more often than we think, the designers go online to search for that one right font for their project, like the one I did for the poster project I talked about in the previous blog I did for the American Life League.
For my anti-abortion poster I chose to use the ‘violent’ font – or, in other words, the font that looks, feels and reads like ‘violence’, which I wanted to use for the world – aborted, see here. Obviously, my first step was to go online and search for it, and I found it here.
Once I saved the ‘table’ of the violent alphabet on my desktop, I then imported it as an image into my Photoshop and cut out and pasted the letters I needed it – one by one into my poster, followed by multiple readjustments and kerning. This was a tedious thing to do and I’m sure there are easier ways to do so. I wouldn’t have to do it if the Photoshop offered a type like that.
But, no matter how many times the Adobe design suite gets revised, there still aren’t many good quality fonts to use and they are missing a lot of very ‘character-based’ font.
This is why many designers – especially those working in the corporate America – end up using the most generic and old-school fonts like Helvetica, Franklin Gothic, Times New Roman, and Interstate, proven over time – the fonts that’s been used over and over and over again.
And this is why designers around the world search out and share the new finds of the fonts with the other designers via online tools and platforms, especially the fonts that are free. Despite the fact that some designers still may shy away from free fonts for aesthetic reasons, they should still consider giving them a shot.
There are plenty of high-quality, excellent fonts available for free through these websites and they are definitely worth checking out, just make sure to read the fine print of each font’s use and copyright rules beforehand!
And if you happened to find some awesome fonts, please, do share!
FontSquirrel is one of the slickest, most polished and well-designed free font websites on the ‘net. You will find an impressive selection of free fonts, in both Open Type and True Type formats. However, the best part of FontSquirrel is seen right under their websites title, where it states “ 100% Free For Commercial Use.” The crew at FontSquirrel only lists fonts that the designers have specified are totally free to be used in commercial works, something that makes sorting through piles of different free fonts with different licensing rules much more simple. Definitely give FontSquirrel a shot when it comes free fonts of commercial use!
Available in both English and French, DaFont boasts over an astounding 12,000 fonts, all available for free! As a bonus, almost 3,000 of these fonts include Euro symbols and a little over 3,000 of them also include accent symbols. DaFont is definitely one of the biggest and most impressive free font collections online today!
Be sure to view the awesome and creative fonts like The Great Escape, Social Logos (based on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube), Many Weatz, and the excellent Bleeding Cowboys. These are just some examples of creative and clever fonts found on DaFont. While not all the fonts are available for commercial use (be sure to also read the fine print on each font), DaFont is still a great resource when it comes to finding different font styles.
Another hefty website that is absolutely loaded with free fonts is FontSpace. They have over 15,000 fonts available for free download, with varying licenses. One of my favorite fonts available on FontSpace is the cool Roskrift, a sketchy, script-style font.
UrbanFonts is an interesting font website, with some fun fonts for designers to peruse. They may not find as many free fonts as DaFont or FontSpace on UrbanFonts, but the designs are certainly unique and quite eye-catching!
One of the mainstays of free font websites is 1001FreeFonts. It’s been around for sometime now and I have visited it often to find new fonts to try out. It doesn’t’ have the largest selection, but the website is easy to browse and the font quality is often top-notch. They also offer a massive, licensed for commercial use, font pack available for only $19.99 with 10,000 different fonts in it. 1001FreeFonts is definitely one free font website graphic designers should visit when looking for new fonts to broaden their design horizons!
And here are a few tutorials on how to import the new fonts into your Photoshop: