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Designers and creatives from all fields are like magpies in their appetite for collecting bright and shiny things. We’ve probably all got an Instagram account, Pinterest and Tumblr for documenting and showcasing the things we see and the pictures that we take. If you’re anything like me, then collecting type samples probably forms part of that exercise, with the intention of digging out that font that you’ve seen either online or out in the wild that would be perfect for a project that you’re working on.
With the new addition of the Match Font feature in the latest version of Photoshop, Adobe has taken the leg work out of the laborious task of scouring font book, your type client, or online foundries to get the closest match to the typography sample you’ve seen. With Match Font, Photoshop will analyze the type specimen and suggest the nearest match from your licensed fonts and also make suggestions for fonts that can be licensed that match the specimen.
Over the next five steps I’ll explain how to use the Match Font feature, how to get the best results from it, and also some considerations that will help achieve a better match.
September 10, 2012
Here it is my long awaited guide to free/low cost font websites. The list is made from the eyes of and to serve as a tool for professional video editors. The opinions expressed are my own. Editors should look at each site to evaluate if the site does or does not meet their own needs. Also be sure to check the license on any fonts you want to use- be sure you are getting the rights that you need for the intended use. The websites are not listed in any specific order.
Font Websites for Professional Video Editors:
1001 Free Fonts
Great selection of free fonts. List is broken down into a nice selection of categories. They have 10,000 fonts and offer a download of the complete collection for $19.95…and they are licensed for commercial use.
Search Free Fonts
Big list of free fonts by category on the sites home page. I count about 62 separate categories representing thousands of free fonts.
All fonts on this site are licensed for commercial use. Category list can be a little hard to find. Look for it on the far right side just below the center of the page under the heading “STYLE.”
Lots of fonts in a big list of categories. Category list: 3D, antiques, broken, capitals, Christmas, Cyrillic, decorative, dotted, formal, futuristic, gothic, handwritten, images and symbols, kids, military, non-Latin, outline, pixel, quirky, sans serif, script, serif, stencil, technical and typewriter.
The free typography forum. There are about 100 free fonts here. No category list and only a limited search feature.
Around 30 free fonts on this site. “Pocket Calculator” font looks good. Also check out their font called “My Scars” it makes text look like it was written in blood.
Big list of font categories and they have a nice preview feature. Click on the font you want and a new page opens giving you extensive details about the font. You’ll see a description of the font, sample characters, categories the font is listed in and you’ll have the ability to enter text to see how they look in that font. You can also see user ratings and comments, leave a comment about the font and add the font to a favorites list. Check it all out in the picture below.
Over 150 fonts in their library only six of which are free. They have a nice front called “DRAWZING” which they describe as a chalkboard and crayon font for $19.
A large selection of free and for pay fonts.
DaFont has a very big selection of fonts. Categories include Fancy, Foreign
Look, Techno, Gothic, Basic, Script, Bar Code and Holiday. A nice feature on this site is the ability to type in your desired text and see it previewed in different fonts before downloading.
36 free fonts on their website. Their free fonts are quite unique and mostly can’t be found anywhere else. Check out the font called “The Kabel Font.” It looks just like the letters were made out of neon light tubes.
The League of Moveable Type
Free and open source fonts. Their manifesto says: “…we have a calling to raise the standards of the web-design world.”
Large selection of fonts divided into categories. Click on the “Categories” tab near the top of the page next to the “Home” button. Each category has many fonts to pick from. Site has a preview feature.
Nearly 14,000 fonts in their library. They offer a PDF catalog download. The file is over 100MB and if printed would be nearly 500 pages long.
Download the catalog at:
They have over 8,000 fonts in their catalog. The list is broken down into a nice category list. One of the categories is called Famous. It features 11 pages of “famous” fonts. They also have fonts that match well known fonts like: Gilligan’s Island, Oreos, Pan Am, Harry Potter, Pepsi, Pez, Simpsons and Rolling Stone for example.
Their home page says they have “The world’s largest collection of fonts.” Their font categories menu is limited and does not help in finding a style of font. Instead they suggest you enter the type of font you are looking for in the search box- for example western, computer or handwriting. I could find very few free fonts on this site.
This site is a free an on-line font editor where you can build, share and download fonts. Registration is required.
Their categories: Basic, bitmap, dingbats, Fancy, foreign, gothic, holiday and script. They have an extensive dingbat section. Check the rights on the font you’d like to use- some are personal use only.
What the font
Not a font website but a service of myfonts.com. See a font and want to know it’s name- type in the URL or upload a picture to this page. They’ll compare it to their database and hopefully identify it for you.
Designers submit their fonts to this site and accept the pay-what-you-want model of pricing. I saw about 40 fonts when I checked them out. Be sure to look at the “Abraham Lincoln” font.
Girls Who Wear Glasses
Click on the small “fonts” button on left side of screen. They seem to have around 50 free fonts. But…their user interface makes it very hard to browse their collection. When you click on a font name, the description window opens showing the name of the font as a sample.
Not free but very unique, Historical period fonts for sale. From their website:
“We resurrect old typefaces of historical importance and make them available to you. Each font package includes typefaces unique to their period, plus printer’s ornaments, borders, and symbols. It’s everything you need to create period pieces for advertising, business use, book design, educational, and recreational purposes.”
You can download their catalog at:
Their font families: Wild West, Civil War, Minuteman, Gutenberg, divers handles, magick, old state house, kurrent, kupferstich.
Most fonts are for pay. They have a small selection of free fonts at:
They have an extensive font/typography education section at:
Their education guide titles include: Meet Your Type- A Field Guide to Typography, The Typographer’s Glossary and Type Anatomy.
Their fonts are designed for PC use and must be converted for MAC use. They have a 3D header maker tool at:
Home page looks like a poster child for how not to do a website. It looks like an example of a bad web page from the 1990’s. I wanted to pluck my eyes out so I didn’t have to look at it any more. I have no idea if there are any free fonts on this site or not- I just can’t look at it any more.
Font Diner has an odd main page- just their logo with no instructions. Click anywhere on that page to get the site to open. Inside the site’s user interface continues to be odd. They take the diner theme over the top- at the expense of the user actually finding what they are looking for. Click on “Free Silverware” on the bottom of the site’s page for their free fonts. If you are looking to purchase retro type fonts you can muddle your way through this site- otherwise don’t bother.
Scott is a Washington, DC; Director of photography (videography) and video editor with a Final Cut Pro video editing background.
April 16, 2012
Typogami is an animated typeface created in Adobe After Effects. The characters are inspired by origami and kirigami, Japanese artforms of folding paper.
The Typogami typeface is available for free on our facebook-page download.
The static version consists of a font with three styles which can be stacked on top of each other to form the complete typeface (as shown on the left). It also includes a Adobe Illustrator file with all the glyphs on one canvas. The static version is totally free if you like calango with all your heart on facebook.
The animated version requires Adobe After Effects CS3 or higher. The download includes a screencast with detailed user guide.
The static and animated version are available for free:
For more info, check:
Watch the tutorial here:
June 11, 2011
Kinetic typography refers to the art and technique of expression with animated text. Similar to the study of traditional typography of designing static typographic forms, kinetic typography focuses on understanding the effect time has on the expression of text. Kinetic typography has demonstrated the ability to add significant emotive content and appeal to expressive text, allowing some of the qualities normally found in film and the spoken word to be added to static text. Kinetic type has been widely and successfully used in film as well as in television and computer-based advertising.
Here I’ve collected 20 brilliantly animated Typography videos which i enjoyed most ( I kind of addicted to it, now) hope you like it.
Digital Design (Spring 2011)
Oklahoma State University
Professor Justen Renyer
Illustrator, Soundbooth, Cinema 4D, After Effects
This Kinetic Typography project was created from the dialogue of Conan O’Brien’s final episode of The Tonight Show on NBC. In this farewell address, he describes his feelings towards NBC and the situation at hand. His personality exudes positivity and humor allowing this dialogue to describe his character very well. Even through the hardships of leaving NBC he promotes hard work and kindness.
The concept behind this video is to show Conan O’Brien as a the monumental entertainer and solid wall that he is. Conan O’Brien is and will continue to be a seasoned television entertainer. After drawing inspiration from Lou Dorfsman’s Gastrotypographicalassemblage, this concept was achieved by creating a literal wall from over 60 individual typographic layouts. These custom crafted layouts reference a variety of vintage type design. The combination of vintage styled typography and modern 3D letter forms achieved in Cinema 4D provides a contrast between old and new. This contrast emphasizes time to create a sturdy and timeless object. This solidity and timelessness is the perfect representation of Conan O’Brien.