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where can i download fonts from?

Discussion in 'Fonts and Typography' started by PCD, Jul 6, 2005.

  1. PCD

    PCD Member

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    i want to start getting some new nice fonts. anyone download fonts? where? what are some hot fonts now?
     
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  2. Scott Reynolds

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    Check the links at the bottom of this/all page. I just bought the full package of fonts from Steve at

    www.signfonts.com

    Super cool fonts.

    Once more, Thanks Steve
     
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  4. Fred Weiss

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    Steve's fonts are great and I use them everyday. Also check out Letterhead Fonts, also with a link at the bottom of the page.

    I don't care much for the free download sites if that's what you're asking. The names are different which causes problems in responding to font requests. Those that you will find that are actually original creations will almost always lack the skill and experience provided by the professional font designer. What you should consider is:

    1. Get a good quality core library of industry standard fonts. CorelDraw is worth the price of admission just for the font library that is included with it. The Corel library is composed of most of the Bitstream library and selected fonts from URW who are the people that invented digital type.

    2. Get some good looking fonts from places like SignFonts, Letterhead Fonts etc. to give your sign designs a look your competitors are not providing.

    3. When you get call for a font you don't have, buy it from a legitimate source like myFonts.com, Fonts.com, International Typeface Corp. or Adobe and add the cost into the job. You'll have an ever growing library of quality fonts with this approach and an ever growing quality conscious customer base to go along with it.
     
  5. jimdes

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    Good point!

    Although I completely agree with Fred and feel that for the most part the free fonts are a complete waste of time, there are a select few that do get some use around my little shop on a regular basis. The thing to remember is that a good portion of these "free" fonts are actually shareware and using them for commercial purposes is actually illegal unless you purchase them.

    Some things to do if you insist on using these fonts:

    1. Inspect the character map to see if the fonts have all of the characters you will need. A lot of these fonts have only the characters needed to complete the author's name or the name of the movie or product they are named after. If the font is a copy of a movie title or product name, there's a good chance it's not "completely legitimate"

    2. Convert the font to curves and examine the nodes or control points, a lot of free fonts are poorly designed and are not acceptable for use in vinyl.

    3. Be careful where you download your fonts from, use a reputable download site. Downloading fonts from illegal sites is just asking for a virus or hacker to come into your system.

    4. Get a good font management program to help keep track of the downloaded fonts. There's nothing worse than loading a font with the same filename as a system font, nightmare, nightmare, nightmare.

    5. Don't go overboard. Although having a gazillion fonts is a mark of prowess for some, it's more of a PITA to look through all those fonts than it's worth.

    6. Try to remember the name of the creator of fonts you like, there's a pretty good chance they have designed several of the fonts you like. This makes it a lot easier to search for more fonts without wasting a lot of time.

    This makes the most sense of all!
     
  6. OldPaint

    OldPaint Major Contributor

    ive always had corel since day 1....so ive had a good assortment of fonts with any version you by. PRINT ARIST, PRINT SHOP also have a lot of fonts and most are clean enough for cutting. i also bought a program called ARTS & LETTERS VER 6.0 and it also has fonts. ILLISTRATOR, FREEHAND come with a bunch of ADOBE FONTS. now ADOBE FONTS are a cleaner font.....less nodes.
    i also picked up a cd long time ago called KEY FONTS 1555 fonts....so i never was in a problem with quantity of fonts.
    now thew bad part...MOST OF ALL THESE PROGRAMS HAVE THE SAME FONTS..different names.....!!! i also hada DEMO cd of VMPRO... and i saved the fonts from it...some real good ones.
     
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