When starting a new creative project, the first thing you might look for is fonts. Now, not everyone can buy a license for a popular paid font. If you’re looking for a font to use in a new branding project, poster, or even for a new blog, you’re probably looking for a font that you can use commercially, and preferably free.
Fortunately, the internet is filled with such free font sites. Check out the following websites that will help you find the perfect free font for your next project.
Google Fonts has one of the largest collections of web-ready fonts. It offers more than 900 different font families. Since the redesign, the Google Fonts website has become much more intuitive to use.
From the right side of the website, you can narrow your search by category, language, popularity, and even attributes like thickness or width. Click the font preview to change the preview text (you can apply it to all fonts on the page too).
The best thing about Google Fonts is its versatile font preview tool. From the website homepage, you can choose to preview paragraphs or sentences in any font. You can increase the font size or switch to a different version of the font as well.
After opening the fonts page, you get more options. You’ll be able to view all versions of the font at the same time and even see how the font pairs with 5 different fonts (this is a very useful tool if you are looking for a new free font for your blog or website).
When you like the font, just click the download button. It will instantly download to your computer (if you are using a Mac, you can use Font Book to manage your font collection).
Fonts.com + SkyFonts
Fonts.com sells a wide variety of fonts. But what you should know about this site is its integration with Google Fonts and SkyFonts. SkyFonts is a desktop application for downloading and managing fonts. If you want a one-click option to download and install Google Fonts, this is the app you should use.
Go to the Google Fonts page Font.com and click the Install SkyFonts button.
Once the app is installed, go back to the page and click on Browse Google Fonts and search for Google fonts. Once you have selected a font family or multiple font families, click on the SkyFonts drop-down and check the Add Entire Family option. Then click Add. The SkyFonts app on your computer will jump into action immediately, downloading and installing all kinds of fonts.
Free FontBundles Font Collection
FontBundles helps designers save a few dollars by curating font bundles. The website also features a Free Fonts section which lists hundreds of free fonts that you can download and use for free once you sign up for an account.
Unlike some of the other websites on this list, the collections in FontBundles are constantly changing dynamically. Fonts from the library are featured exclusively in the free download section for one week. If you are a novice typist, you should bookmark this page and keep coming back to it every week.
Since FontBundles gives you premium fonts for free, they come with a Premium Font License which allows you to use them commercially for free.
Behance is a place where some of the world’s best designers showcase their creative work. Some designers even use it as a portfolio website while others use it to showcase and share their work, be it asset designs or fonts.
If you like experimenting with fonts, just search for “free fonts” on Behance. You won’t find a complete font set with nine different versions. But you are sure to find something that will interest you.
Behance is a good place to explore if you are looking for a font to use in a graphic design project. Anything to do with logos, social media banners and posters will get you good results. But if you’re looking for a new typeface for a branding project, something to feature on a website or blog, this might not be the right place.
Dribbble is a platform similar to Behance, though not as popular. However, Dribbble is popular with UI Designers, so you will find a large selection of fonts on the website. Just search for “free fonts” to get started. While the collection isn’t as large as Behance’s, you’ll find plenty of modern fonts, scripts, and serifs here.
Dafont is one of the oldest and best sources for downloading fonts. Dafont features more than 40,000 fonts on its website. In comparison, Google Fonts features less than a thousand.
Filtering very large collections can be very challenging. Having said that, Dafont has a category system right on top. This is the best place to start. Browse sub-categories such as Cartoon, or Handwriting. You can also sort the list using themes like Halloween, Rustic, Horror and so on.
Click on the Recently Added Font or Top Font button to preview the tool. Type what you want in the preview box and it will appear in the results below. Use advanced search tools to further refine your results. If you know what you’re looking for, jump to the search bar at the top of the page.
When you like a font, just click the Download button to save it offline (no need to create an account).
Think of Urbanfonts as a modern, polished version of Dafont. Websites are easier to use and more pleasing to the eye. But the basic structure is the same. You’ll find a list of fonts that you can sort by category, recently uploaded, or by popularity.
Urbanfont’s preview feature is also better. You can preview the font using custom text on a black background. When you hover over the preview, you will see the entire alphabet in the preview box.
Fontspace is a font directory with over 45,000 fonts listed. It takes a visual approach to displaying fonts. Along with the usual editable preview of the font, you’ll also find an image from the designer showing the font. If you’re looking for a font for a graphic design project, seeing it used in an image is definitely helpful.
By default, Fontspace shows all fonts. If you only want to see the fonts that are available for free commercial use, you must click on the Gear icon and select the “Show only commercial use fonts” option.
The free font sites above make it easy for you to choose an aesthetically pleasing font by using the preview feature. Even if you don’t know the technical terminology, you can still look at it and find a great font.
But using the font to the best effect is a completely different question. This is where the knowledge of typography useful. Once you know things like kerning, or the difference between font types, and how to pair fonts, you’ll quickly become a better designer.
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