Hooray, it’s time for DIY Design! Today, we’ll be talking about fonts. 😀
Fonts are one of my favorite parts of graphic design, simply because there are just so many options out there!
What is a font?
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a font as an assortment or set of type or characters all of one style. You may see the word “font” and the word “typeface” used interchangeably in the design world because they mean pretty much the same thing.
What types of fonts are there?
Here are just a few of the many font types:
There are so many different styles of fonts out there, so you really have unlimited options when designing with fonts.
Where do I get fonts?
There are several different ways to get fonts that can be used in your graphics. The first way is to use the fonts that are already on whatever design software you are using.
For example, PicMonkey has quite a few free fonts available and quite a few more that are available with a Royale membership. To access them, just click the “Tt” symbol on the toolbar in PicMonkey:
Canva also has a ton of free fonts. Just open up a blank canvas, click the “T” symbol, choose a font template, and click the drop-down at the top to pick a font:
The thing about using the built-in fonts in PicMonkey and Canva is that almost everyone uses them, so it’s harder to be unique in your graphics.
How do I get unique fonts that aren’t overused?
There are so many places out there that offer thousands of unique fonts for free. Some of my favorite places to get them are 1001 Fonts, DaFont, FontSpace, and FontBundles. It’s important to keep in mind that most free fonts on the internet are for personal use only. This means you can’t use them for anything that you’ll be getting a profit from. These fonts are perfectly fine to use in your designs, as long as you’re not making any money off your blog.
Some other amazing places to get free fonts are Creative Market and The Hungry JPEG. A lot of their stuff isn’t free, but if you sign up for their email lists you’ll get weekly freebies. I’ve gotten some really amazing fonts from them, a lot of which have commercial licenses!
How do I download and install fonts?
First off, go to the font site of your choice. Scroll through, pick a font you like, and click on it. For my example, I’ve chosen a font called “Observant” from 1001 Fonts. To download the font, click the “Download” button and your font will be downloaded as a .ZIP file:
Once the font is downloaded, you have to actually install it onto your computer to be able to use it. Installing fonts is a little different on each computer – I have a Linux computer, but I know that everyone has different computers – Mac, Windows, etc. DaFont has an excellent FAQ page that goes into detail on how to install fonts on different types of computers. Click >>HERE<< to read it. If you’re confused, please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions in the comments and I’ll do my best to help you out!
How do I see my fonts?
To start, go to PicMonkey. Unfortunately, Canva does not offer a free way to use your own fonts on their site. However, PicMonkey does!
In PicMonkey, hover over “Design” at the top of the page. Click “Blank Template,” and then select the template you want. PicMonkey will open up their editor. Click the “Tt” symbol on the toolbar, which will take you to the fonts sections. Above all the fonts, you’ll see 2 options: “Ours” and “Yours“. Click “Yours” to see all the fonts that are installed on your computer:
How do I use fonts in my graphics?
In PicMonkey’s editor, click the “Tt” symbol, and just as before, click “Yours” to view your installed fonts. Then click on the font you want to use, click the “Add text” button, and type in the text box that will appear on the canvas. You can use the options in the toolbox to center your text and change its size and color.
What are some effects I can add to my fonts?
A fun thing to do with fonts is to layer them. It gives them some depth and makes them really pop! First, add some text to your canvas, then right-click the text box and select “Duplicate Text“. Then change the duplicated text’s color to white, right-click it, and select “Send to Back“. Then change the colors as needed to achieve the desired look:
When you’re layering fonts, it can be interesting to experiment with different blend modes. Start by clicking your text and choosing a color from the toolbox. Then click on the “Blend Modes” dropdown in the toolbox, scroll down, and select “Difference“. Now right-click the text box, select “Duplicate Text“, and change the blend mode of the duplicated text to “Normal”, like so:
Another cool thing to do to with your fonts is to stretch them! To do this, hold down the “Shift” key on your keyboard and drag up the top bar of the text box:
You can also fade your text so that it blends into the background a bit. Just click on the text box and play around with the “Fade” slider in the toolbox:
That’s about it for today! Of course, there’s so much more you can do with fonts – I’ve barely scratched the surface. It’s so much fun to choose new fonts and experiment with using them in your designs. 😀
Remember to head over to A Barefoot Gal next week to read her post on combinations!
Did you learn anything new from this post? What are some of your favorite fonts?
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