I have a complete blast creating my blog post featured images and the most fun is playing with the fonts. The other day I was talking with a client about an image on his blog and I told him to find a font and install it. He did not know how to do that, so I walked him thru it over the phone. Now, I am following up with a tutorial video that I hope will help you too.
If you are running a PC, I am sorry because this tutorial will not help you. This particular tutorial is strictly for how to install a font on a Mac. However, the resource that I use to find fonts is for all of you.
Whether you are working on a flyer or just jazzing up a Word document, interesting fonts can make a big impact. My go to source for fonts is dafont.com.
A Font Warning
As you will see below, dafont stresses how important it is the read the license information when you download a font. You do not want to use a font on a logo or something of that nature and later find out, you were using it illegally.
Are all the fonts free of charge?
The fonts presented on this website are their authors’ property, and are either freeware, shareware, demo versions or public domain. The licence 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 if in doubt. If no author/license is indicated that’s because we don’t have information, that doesn’t mean it’s free.
Don’t Get Lost in Font World
When I first started down my Photoshop journey, I would get lost in the world of fonts. Fonts are this beautiful thing that make everything pretty. As you can see in the image below, they have so many different kinds of fonts ranging from Medieval to Valentine.
I worked with a client once that changed the fonts on their web design so many times, that I actually quite the project and gave them their money back. Trust me when I say that you can get lost in the font jungle.
Tips on Using Fonts
- Hubspot has a wonderful article on how to effectively use fonts in your design. I feel like their Tip #10 is one that I struggle with the most. I always want to cram so many words on an image. Do you have that problem?
10) Reduce the quantity of text.
When you are designing, it is just as important to think about what you are saying as how it laid out on the page. Can you reduce the amount of words and say the same thing more succinctly? Could a concept be displayed as an image or diagram instead of a paragraph of text?
- Do not use too many different types of font on your blog. I recommend picking 2 or 3 fonts and using them consistently. Use those same fonts on images, navigation and even your business card.
- Do not use a fancy font for your main body content. Use fancy fonts as accents and don’t make people read paragraph after paragraph of some off the wall font. When it comes to content keep it simple and clean.