Sunday, July 22, 2007

The Wonderful World of Fonts!

Do you love using different fonts on your layouts?

There are so many to choose from aren’t they.

Today I’m going to list a few sites that I think are the best for fonts and also give you some tips on organising them.

Firstly here are the sites I like to use for my free fonts.

1001 Free Fonts

Dafont

Font River

SharkShock

Urban Fonts

Disney Fonts

ScrapnFonts (chargeable)

Create your own font

Free Scrapbook Fonts

If you are a Quickutz/Sizzix Fan then you can get fonts that match all your fabulous die cut alphabets, how cool!

Find them here

Quickutz

Sizzix Fonts

Now some of you may be a wiz with fonts but other people simply don’t know how to install them which is fair enough. I’ll try to explain very briefly how to do it.

The easiest fonts to download are TTF (true type fonts). These don’t need any unzipping or anything. You simply download the file, locate it and place it in your fonts folder.

Your fonts folder ‘should’ be in your control panel but may be different depending on your operating system. Click start and control panel. You should find a folder labelled Fonts in here but if not then go to Appearance and Themes and it should be in there. Some files are downloaded as Zip files which means you will need to extract the files from it with something likeWinzip and once extracted you would just do the same and put the file in your Fonts folder.

I hope that makes sense?

As well as downloading them there are programs that you can buy to help you manage them. The predominant ones are - XFonter The Font Thing AMP Font Viewer

I personally have XFonter and love it but you do have to pay for it although a free trial is available.

XFonter

X-Fonter is an advanced font manager, especially created for web-designers, graphic artists and font fanatics. In a simple user interface you can quickly find the font that you need. Even with thousands of fonts on your computer, with X-Fonter they're just a few clicks away.

  • Supports TrueType, OpenType, Postscript Type 1, Raster, Vector Fonts
  • Organize your fonts in custom Collections
  • Preview and Use Fonts without installation
  • Install or Uninstall any TrueType Fonts
  • Search for fonts on any drive/directory
  • Font Filtering by Font Family, Codepages and Font Style
  • Adjustable Colors, Styles and Sizes
  • Character map (ASCII and Unicode)
  • Image editor with nice effects (JPG, GIF and clipboard output)
  • Very simple and intuitive interface
  • No extra DLL's required
  • Uninstall option
  • Compare fonts in Dual pane
  • Print font overview
  • Font Manager

Font Thing

  • Browse installed and uninstalled fonts
  • Browse fonts in subfolders as a single combined list
  • View sample text and individual characters in your choice of colours
  • Change sample text "on the fly" or easily switch between your own standard text samples
  • View detailed font information
  • Print font samples
  • Associate notes with fonts
  • Install or uninstall any number of fonts at once
  • Load (and unload) any number of fonts for temporary use
  • Copy or delete any number of font files at once
  • Rename font files to avoid file name conflicts
  • Filter fonts according to their type
  • Group fonts into collections for easier management
  • Use multiple font windows simultaneously for easy font comparison and management.
Amp Font Viewer This program is an easy to use but powerful font manager, which allows getting a quick overview of both installed and non installed fonts. It can install and uninstall fonts, and organize them in categories. Some of its features are:
  • Supports TrueType and OpenType fonts (Windows 2000/XP required for PostScript OpenType fonts)
  • Supports Type1 fonts (Windows 2000/XP required)
  • Installation of fonts from a folder (one by one or from a list).
  • Installation of fonts temporally (until the program is closed).
  • Deletion of installed fonts.
  • List of all installed fonts with several display options.
  • List of the fonts from a folder with several display options.
  • Several options for organizing fonts in categories and managing them.
  • It can print a list of all or some of the installed fonts with an example of each font.
  • Scratchpad area for testing the look of any font (installed or from a folder).
  • Dual English/Spanish version.

Well I hope this has given you a little insight into the wonderful world of Fonts!!

Cath x

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great stuff - I have been clueless about fonts this will reeally help. Thank you

Kel x said...

You see what you did - LOL! I now have 71 more fonts than I did yesterday, plus I am trying two different font managers to see which I like. Thank you, I've been meaning to get around to this for a long time.