The world of fonts can be confusing and overwhelming to say the least. There are tons and tons of websites to get fonts. Some fonts are not free, you must pay to use them. So, I put together this tutorial on how to find free fonts to use on your projects. I’ll also record a video of how to use each site but wanted to have this document for you to reference anytime you need it. In the video, I will also show you how to download and install a font from each of the sites listed in this article.
First, lets talk FREE fonts! I don’t know about you, but I love the word FREE when it comes to creating projects. I get my fonts from many places (yes, I even pay for some fonts), but the ones I feel offer a better selection of FREE fonts are:
There is a right way and wrong way to pair fonts in designs but that is a whole nother tutorial (which I will be doing), but right now, I want to show you where you can get FREE fonts and how to download and install them on your computer.
There is a disclaimer at the bottom that reads: (orange arrow) “The fonts presented on this website are their authors’ property, and are either freeware, shareware, demo versions or public domain. The license mentioned above the download button is just an indication. Please look at the readme-files in the archives or check the indicated author’s website for details and contact him/her if in doubt. If no author/license is indicated that’s because we don’t have information, that doesn’t mean it’s free.”
What the disclaimer means is that the fonts on their website, do not belong to them, but instead to the person that created them and uploaded them. They set the type of licenses they are willing to give. Some are 100% free and can be used for commercial use, others are personal use and then there are some that you must purchase to use. I know you will find 100% free fonts on this site that will work with just about any project.
You can find fonts by several ways on Dafont’s website also, which are:
The one drawback on Dafont’s site is that to see what your text will look like in a particular font; you have to click the font name and on the font page there is a box to type your text. This is a bit more time consuming, but as a professional designer, I’ll tell you… as your get into this, you will find you spend hours looking for fonts to use in your projects.
1001 Free Fonts:
I think this is one cool site to find fonts. At 1001 Free Fonts, you can search for fonts by their name, you can scroll through the site to find the one you like, or you can use the Alphabetically Organized Fonts section to look for fonts that catch your eye.
As with all font websites, some fonts are free and some cost. There isn’t anything that can be done about that. So, make sure you pay attention as you are looking and considering fonts. Each will say if Free, Demo, personal or commercial. That is up to the designer of the font.
I really like the ways you can search Font Bundles website. There seems to be a bit more “search options” such as name, occasion, or category.
As you can see just from the 3 sites of fonts listed, there are millions of options and millions of free fonts. Yes, you may see the same font on all 3 sites, but each have a lot of options and is a great way to create beautiful designs and projects.
Without fonts, everything would look the same.
Have fun looking at all the different fonts and above all have fun crafting new and exciting projects.
I look forward to seeing all your projects using all the fonts you find! Please share them in the Facebook group. The Facebook group is a great way to get help, feedback on projects, materials, etc. It’s a safe place to post your projects for feedback and help from others.
Here is the youtube video for the tutorial