Build-up Your Font Library with daFontNovember 24, 2011 at 11:00 am | Posted in Conventional Art, Software | 1 Comment
Hello, fellow artists!
It’s the Imikimi Team here, and we’re glad to have you back again! Sometimes we create a truly great graphic and just need a final type treatment to really pull it together. The problem is, the default fonts included with Windows or OS X aren’t always everything we need. What we need is to have a vast catalog of fonts at our disposal to suit a specific occasion. And this is precisely why we’ve chosen to feature the invaluable website daFont.com.
daFont is a massive repository for thousands of free fonts. Covering every possible type style under the sun, it is sure to have exactly what you need. Serif, sans serif, blackletter, bitmap, wing dings, theme-based, and more fonts are available. Upon visiting dafont.com, at the very top is a list of categories of fonts that are able to be browsed, including sub-categories.
So for instance, say that you’re creating a really gritty-feeling graphic, and need some appropriately gritty and rough text to match. Simple! Just take a look at the categories and sub-categories for a term that relates to what you’re looking for. In this case, if we take a moment to browse, we can see that there is a sub-category called “Eroded.” This describes the look you’re after, so click the link and all fonts with that category will be displayed (you may also want to look at the categories “horror,” “destroy,” and “distorted” for similar fonts).
As you can see, it’s extremely easy to get a sense of what the font looks like since there are font previews. In fact, if you know the specific wording you would like your text to say, you can enter that into the “Custom Preview” box above the fonts. This is a wonderful feature that enables you to envision the final product without even having to download and install the font just yet.
Clicking on the name of the font or the text preview will take you to a new page, showing all the different letters (or “glyphs”) for that font. This way, you can see what each letter of the font looks like, not just what you entered as your text preview.
To download your font, simply click the “Download” box in the upper-right of the page. A save dialogue box will appear, asking you where you would like to save. For help on how to install your freshly-downloaded font, take a peek at the daFont Help section. Installing a font is actually an extremely simple process these days, so fear not! Just follow the directions and your new font will be installed in a few easy steps. Now your font is installed on your system, and can be used by any installed application that uses fonts, including Photoshop, Illustrator, Microsoft Word, etc.
We’re extremely happy you’ve decided to stop by once again! We’ll have more fresh content awaiting you in just a few days! Thank you, and we’ll see you soon!
The Imikimi Team
“The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.” — Walt Whitman