I am the first to enlist the assistance of a graphic designer to make that marketing piece just right. But there are times when I need to quickly create a flyer or interesting looking letter from my computer. Fonts are a great way to enhance a message.
In typography, a font is traditionally defined as a complete character set of a single size and style of a particular typeface. For example, the set of all characters for 9-point Bulmer italic is a font, and the 12-point size would be a separate font. But Microsoft and Apple have succeeded in causing a revolution of sorts, putting all kinds of graphic design tools at our fingertips. This includes an amazing number of resources for high quality fonts.
So have fun exploring to find that fun, cool or functional font for your next project!
Fontifier lets you create a font from your own handwriting for $9. It turns a scanned sample of your handwriting into a handwriting font.
The Adobe Type Library offers more than 2,200 typefaces.
How to install a font
Unzip the files you have downloaded, then:
- From the “Start” menu select “Control Panel” and then select the Fonts folder.
- On the “File” menu, select “Install New Font…”
- Click the drive and folder that contain the fonts you want to add.
- To select more than one font to add, press and hold down the CTRL key, click the fonts you want, then click on “OK”