Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Finding and Choosing Fonts

First off you need to identify what you require from your font. Some questions to ask yourself are:

1. What characters will be used?

Almost all fonts contain all alphabetical characters but not all contain numbers or special characters such as * or -. The last thing you want is to incorporate a font into a graphic only to find you can't use a character you need.

2. What special effects does the font contain?

Depending on your use of the font you may need to make it italic, bold or underlined. If so make sure the font has these features.

3. Serif or Sans Serif?

Sans means "without" in French. So Sans Serif fonts obviously don't have serifs and Serif fonts do. A serif is a small cross stroke at the end of the main stroke of the letter.

4. Font category?

What sort of theme/category are you loohttp://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gifking for. Maybe your making a website for a punk band and you want a grunge font or maybe you want comic book fonts for an illustration. Fonts are almost always grouped into categories for viewing so it's important to know which category to view.

Once you've decided on the criteria for your font it's time to go searching. There are two main ways to do this. The first way is to go to a free ware font website. There are many websites that showcase large collections of fonts for free in many different categories. A personal favorite of mine is Cool Fonts.

The second way to find fonts is to use a search engine. You can either search for a specific fonts, font websites or font categories.

Thank you for reading this article. I hope it has given you some useful insight.

By: Nat Petrie Dodd


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