My Favorite Free Fonts

I get many emails and comments asking me what font I used in a certain post or in actual projects  – mostly readers want to know about the handwriting fonts.  I decided to create an image with 12 of my favorite fonts on it to share with you.  I recently saw something similar on Pinterest and thought what a great idea and resource for my readers.   I am going to create an FYI page soon to answer all the questions I receive. I will add this to the page so it will be easy to  find for future reference.

My-Favotie-Fonts

Click on the links below to go to the site where you can then download the font to your computer.

1. Monterey BT   2. EcuyerDAX  3. CK Ali’s Hand  4. Traveling Typewriter               5. Peas Our Best Bites  6.  Handwriting Draft                7.  Cursif  8.  Niagara Engraved        9.  Modern No. 20  10. Precious  11. Rechtman  12. Pottery Barn

 

One of my favorite courses in college was a Type class where we learned all about fonts and type and how to make up our own the old fashioned way… with pen and ink.   I use to address all of my letters to friends and family in fancy scripts I made.  I wish I still had all the lettering books I created the fonts in. I would frame the pages now – instant art.

I remember when I first discovered the world of free fonts. I was like a kid in a candy store.  You have to remember I am a child of the 70′s – you know way back in the stone age.  When I was in college the PC wasn’t invented yet.

Now it is as easy as 1. 2. 3… to have whatever font you desire downloaded to your computer in minutes.

The sites I go to most are:   A-Z Fonts, DaFont, Fonts for Peas, Fontspace,

The nice thing about downloading them to your computer – they will show up in all of your computer programs – Word, Photoshop, etc.

 

How To Install a Font on Your Computer

If you are new to downloading and installing fonts on your computer  – Here is a step-by-step to walk you through it. It is very easy – so easy you will find yourself downloading many.  I use Windows 7, if you have a different operating system, it may be slightly different.   I included a few directions at the end of the post.  for Window Vista – directions for installing are at the end of this post.

1. Once you get to one of the font sites. I am using dafont .com for this tutorial.  Every font site looks different, but the steps are the same. Find the font, click, install, and then follow your computers prompts.

There will be a main page where you can choose and click on what type of font you are looking for – Fancy, Script, Handwriting, Block , Gothic, etc.

How to install a font

If you click on one of 12 links to the fonts I use – you will be taken directly to that font, not the main page(shown above)

The page you will land on will look like this-

2. I am going to download the font – Stitch It.  Click the download button on the right hand side of the page.

 

Step by step tutorial on how to install a font

 

3.  A window will open up from your computer asking if you want to Open with or Save File. Click on the Open with. I leave it in the default.

How to install a free font on a computer

 

4.  A new window will open and you will see the font listed.  Sometimes there may be a read me file and a few other files, but you want to click on the file that says – True Type or Open Type Font File.  Most of the freebies are one of these.

How to install a free font on a computer

 

A new window will pop up with the font and all of its sizes.  Click the install button. Your font will now be installed.

How to install a font

 

To check if it installed correctly, open up your Word processor and pull down the font box and search for the font. If you don’t see it, you may have to download it again.   If you had your word processor open when you downloaded you will have to close it and reopen to refresh. Then check again.

How to install a font

For Windows Vista:

-At the Font site – click download
-Window will open asking – Do you want to OPEN or Save – Choose OPEN.
-Window will pop up
Under browser Bar you will see a bar that has the words – Organize Views  and  Extract All Files – Choose Extract All Files
- Left click – EXTRACT
-A New window will pop open – click Extract near the bottom
-A new window will open with a font file list
-Right click on it – a drop down will appear – Click INSTALL

If you have trouble installing on Vista.  One of my readers wrote to me with the steps that worked for her.  Thanks for sharing – Wylee.

-She dragged the fonts from her downloads file to her desktop.
-She then went to My Computer, and opened the fonts folder.
-Pushed ALT, which made the file button appear.
-Click file and install new font
-Highlight DESKTOP from the drop down that appears, it
automatically found the font, and listed it, so all you have to do is highlight
it – click install.

 

If you have a different operating system than Windows 7/Vista. Here are the steps .

Unzip the files you have downloaded, then:

  • Windows XP: Put the font files into C:\Windows\Fonts
  • Mac OS X: Double-click the font file > “Install font” button

 

 

Comments

  1. Patrice says

    I have a question…When I download a font from one of the free websites you mentioned above, will it go directly into my SCAL library or do I have to do something to get it in there?

    • says

      Hi Patrice -

      I am not sure what a SCAL library is, but if it is a design program, it should. I have Silhouette Digital cutter software on my computer and when I download fonts they automatically show up in my font library. Every computer and program is different in the downloading process – you may have to look around your files to figure it out, if they don’t show up automatically for you.

  2. BOBBI (GIRL) says

    DEAR DIANE,

    I AM VERY NEW AT THIS
    COULD YOU POSSIBLEY EXPLAIN H0W I MAKE A MONOGRAM WITH MY LETTERS WITH SOMETHING LIKE THE WHEAT AROUND IT
    I AM AN INTERIOR DECORATOR AND WANT TO DO A MONOGRAM AND PUDT IT ON FABRIC FOR A
    CHAIR FOR MY OFFICE.
    I SAW IT ON PINTREST BUT IT DID’T SAY HOW , THEN I FOUND OUT IT WAS A FONT. I READ YOUR INSTRUCTIONS BUT STILL DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW TO GET MY INTICILES TOGETHER LIKE YOU DID ND PRINT THEM OUT.
    YOUR HELP WOULD BE GREATLY APPRICATED.
    THANK YOU
    BOBBI

    • says

      Hi Bobbi -

      To add wheat to your monogram- you need to find the art and then download it to your computer. Once the image is on your computer and the font you want to use, you make a layer (separate canvas/text box) for each letter and image. You would place the wheat image in a transparent layer under the monogram letter layers in your computer program. Did you see the post I did on how to create a monogram in Microsoft Word? If not you can find it here: http://inmyownstyle.com/2013/03/how-to-create-a-monogram-using-microsoft-word.html

      I use Photoshop to make mine, but not many readers have this, so I wrote how to do it in Word. In both programs – you have to put each letter and image in its own layer so that you can move them around freely and place each where you want. If you add them all to the same layer – then you can’t move them where you want. If you are not familiar with these programs, it is not very easy to explain.

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