My Favorite Free Fonts

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I get many emails and comments asking me what font I used in a certain post or in my DIY projects. Most 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.

If you want to start adding free fonts to your computer, you may also like the fonts I gathered for My Favorite Fonts 2 and Monogram Fonts.

Free handwriting fonts to download

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  personal computer 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.

 

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

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

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92 Comments

  1. Thanks for the sites and the tutorial, Diane! I’ve been wanting to search these out. I’m so tired of seeing the same old fonts in my Word and Live Writer programs. I like a lot of the ones you’ve shown above. This post gets saved to my Favorites so I can do it!

    1. Hi Kathy – I love finding new ones. I have only installed free ones, but there are a lot of sites where you can purchase very beautiful fonts. Someday I will splurge.

  2. Thanks so much for sharing your favorite fonts ans where to find them. Love the idea of outlining which fonts they are and how they look. And a BIG thank you for sharing your talent.