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Pixels To Print: Top 5 Free Font Websites

Typography is one of the greatest and most effective elements of a design when it comes to conveying your message with impact.  Just like color, it has the ability to create a mood, but it also sets a sense of style and can bring an immense amount of character to your work.  By using a serifed font, you can have a more classical look, whereas a sans-serif font can convey a modern and clean aesthetic. Scripted fonts bring about a sense of lightheartedness, and bold fonts convey strength, just to name a few. Some logos or designs can even consist of solely typography, making it that much more powerful when the font is chosen well.  Speaking of fonts, the selection that we have access to is tremendous.  It can be difficult to choose the right one out of so many options, but when the font fits perfectly to what style and message you are trying to achieve, magic is made.  

To help you out in your search for the perfect font, we have put together a list of 5 free font websites that we have found to be helpful to us:

1) Google Fonts

The massive library of Google Fonts features over 800 font families, from sans serif to handwriting fonts, monospaced fonts, and more.  The best part is that all fonts on Google Fonts are open-source, meaning that they can be used in any way you’d like – no licensing needed!

2) DaFont is layed out in a category system, which lets you browse its font collection based on different themes like fancy, holiday, foreign, script, and more, making it much easier to quickly find a font that matches your theme! While most of the fonts on this site are only free for personal use, there are still quite a few that come with commercial licenses as well.

3) Font Squirrel

Similar to Dafont, Font Squirrel offers fonts with both personal and commercial licenses, but they make it very easy to check the license type before downloading them by including license icons below each font.

Secret Tip: Font squirrel includes a font identifier tool that helps you to detect and find fonts based on images!

4) Behance

Behance is mostly known as a social platform for designers to share designs with each other and create portfolios of their best work, but many people don’t know that it includes shared free fonts as well.  Type in ‘free font’ in the search bar, and an endless list of downloadable fonts will appear! 

5) Font Space

Font Space features a collection of over 32,000 free fonts from a wide range of designers! To filter down the list to commercial use options, all you have to do is check the little box.  You can also narrow down your search by looking through a list of styles to choose from or collections to browse!  

As you have probably realized, licensing is very important when it comes to downloading fonts off the web.  Many times, fonts that are free are just free for personal use, and to have commercial use, you’d have to purchase that license.  However, almost always will free font sites offer fonts that are free for commercial use as well, meaning that you can use it for whatever you want! Just be sure to double check what license the font lists before downloading so that you are aware of the restrictions!

Now let’s get out there and try something new! No more settling for those overused default fonts!

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