Some Favourite Fonts

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Digital scrapbooking and fonts go together like bread and butter. The right font can take a page from “good” to “great”. Fonts can be used for journaling, title work, and even art on a page. It’s no wonder that many digi scrapbookers find themselves with hundreds and hundreds of fonts. But, there is always room for more! Here are a few favourite free and paid fonts:

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Where to Find these Free Fonts

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Where to Find these Paid Fonts

Thank you for reading!

How to make fonts bigger

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Dream Big Designs New Discoveries. Ostrich Sans Font.

 

One of our readers (Stacia) asked a great question the other day that reminded me of a frustration I used to have with picking out fonts to use for scrapbook page titles. Here’s her comment:

I wonder if you have any suggestions for finding fonts that are big enough to use as titles on 12×12 pages? I love so many of these fonts but 72 just isn’t big enough, and that seems to be as big as they go.

Fortunately, this is very easy to fix! She is right that Photoshop programs will only let you automatically change the font size to a maximum of 72 pts. (Tested in PSE 11 and CS6)

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It took me awhile before I realized that you could just type over that 72 number in the text size box and change it to whatever you want. (You can also use this same trick in the leading size box)

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Here’s a layout with a title done in the Ostrich Sans font with size 72 pt. It isn’t quite big enough for my liking.

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Dream Big Designs New Discoveries. Scrapbook Lady Studious template.

 

When  I changed the font pt. size to 100, this is how it changed. Much better for a title!

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There is another way to work around this issue and that is to simply flatten (or simplify) the layer that your text is on and then resize it like you would any other embellishment.

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Just “grab” the font layer and use the corners to stretch it out.

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Generally speaking, enlarging the text using the numbers in the point size box will give you a higher quality result. Simplifying the layer and adjusting the size can help you fine tune the look though. Here are a few great resources to help you play around with this technique:

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What’s the big deal about Comic Sans?

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Several months ago, we were joking about Comic Sans on The Digi Show and my mom asked me “what’s the big deal about all of that anyway?” She had seen some of my pins on Pinterest about using Comic Sans, but really didn’t know much about why so many people don’t like that font. It’s really just a matter of font snobbery, but there is a backstory involved.

Six Revisions reports that Comic Sans was created by Vincent Connare in 1994 for Microsoft. It was originally designed to be used with Microsoft Bob, but it was completed too late to be included in the program.

The font was based on lettering from comic books Connare had in his office….According to statements from Connare, he never intended the font to be released for general use, and only designed it to be used in comic-book-style speech bubbles within MS Bob.

 

With the release of an updated Microsoft windows in 1995, Comic Sans became the default font for Microsoft Publisher and Microsoft Internet Explorer. No wonder if got overused!

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When Microsoft released the font, it showed up everywhere and it has become one of the most hated fonts among designers.

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Even today, it is still a widely used font across the world. What was intended to be a font for cartoon speech bubbles has made appearances on greeting cards, business correspondence, and all over the internet. You can find many examples of Comic Sans in everyday life in the Comic Sans Flickr group and you will find the font being made fun of in online memes and humorous websites.

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This public service announcement poster made me giggle!

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It also helped me find this great site that explains some of the misuses of Comic Sans. It’s a great link to send to an “offender”.

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I guess that’s why it’s so fun to pin silly signs like this one!

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So if you ever find yourself feeling tempted to use Comic Sans, hop on over to this site and print out the pledge. lol!

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Or maybe you could just create a layout all about Comic Sans instead! Smile

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How to fill a font in 3 simple steps

 

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I’m always looking for easy ways to jazz up my fonts for digital scrapbook layouts. I’m a big fan of using fonts for titles because they are so quick and easy to use. I bet you will be surprised to find out how simple it is to fill a font.

Find some Fillable Fonts

To get started, you will want to have some outline fonts loaded to work with. Here are a few great fonts for filling, and they are all free!

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How to Fill those Fonts

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Select the type tool in your program and choose a font with an outline. I’m going to use Fenwick for this example. Type out the phrase that you want to use and then flatten the text so it can’t be edited. You can use rasterize text in Photoshop. I use Photoshop Elements 11 and all I need to do is de-select the text tool and then grab the corners of my text box to enlarge (or shrink) it. Once I do that the text layer is no longer editable.

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Or I can right click on the text layer in my layers palette and choose “simplify layer” to accomplish the same thing.

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Using the magic wand tool, make your selections of the areas you want to be filled. Hold down the shift key as you make all the selections you want to include so you can do more than one at a time. You will see a little dotted line outlining the area of the selection. We like to refer to this as “marching ants”. Winking smile

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Once all the selections are made, then go to the layer menu in the top bar and select “new fill layer” from the drop down menu. I’m using a solid color that I chose with the eyedropper tool. If you want to get really fancy, you can play around with gradients or patterns as the fill layer. Don’t be afraid to try different things – can can always hit the undo button!

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You can also adjust the color of the fill layer once you do this step.

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And that is all there is to it! The font is filled and it would make a great page title.

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Why pay for fonts?

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The Daily Digi My Life in Print bonus collab kit. Rockwell font.

 

With all the free fonts out there, you might wonder why a digital scrapbooker would ever choose to pay for a font? Well, there are plenty of reasons and I knew that Steph would be my best resource to go to for this topic since she is a self-proclaimed “font geek”. I decided to ask her some questions about this topic.

 

Why is it worth paying for some fonts?

The biggest differences between most free fonts and paid fonts is the kerning! The spacing between key letters like AV, Av, F and any vowel, T and any vowel, etc. You can see it explained a little in this post the fontographers that create paid fonts usually spend many, many hours manipulating the space between all letter pairs, not just key ligatures (some free fonts may have key ligatures done).

Another big difference in paid fonts (especially the very expensive ones) are super smooth around the edges (unless it is a grunge style font). Most of the characters have are hand drawn in a vector based program (like Illustrator). The fontographers creating these fonts will spend weeks and months on ONE character. Each glyph really is a unique work of art (this is one of the reasons I love looking at the character maps at My Fonts and studying each glyph and the differences and similarities ***NERD ALERT***)

The last big difference between paid fonts and free fonts is the alternate characters. Sigh! I love them! This is how two people can have the same font, create the same word, and have a completely different look, because of all the additional swashes and swoops included! You do have to have the full version of Photoshop, Illustrator, or another program that can access these characters in order to use them, but they are so FUN!

 

How do you find CU ok fonts?

The first thing to know is there is a difference between commercial use and what digital designers do. Many, many typographers are not okay with their fonts being used in digital scrapbook design. Just because something means CU doesn’t mean that OUR version of CU is covered. Most CU licenses allow for a font to be included in design work for print, or web, or other things the terms of use spells out. Some fonts specifically say they CAN be used for digital scrapbook design; others say specifically that they may not. Sometimes, it is left up to interpretation and in these cases, I usually email to ask if how I will be using it is okay.  I emailed the designer of Samantha because I wanted to use it for a project on The Daily Digi and she let me purchase a commercial license through her that would let me use the font for the purpose I had in mind. The only way to know for sure is to read the terms and if you are still in doubt, email the designer or foundry.

Another  item worth noting is that many commercial licenses come with licenses for multiple computers, but here again, you have to read the terms. Most of the time it is a license for multiple computers within the same business. Other times it might be multiple computers within the same location (so if you have people working for you, but offsite, that wouldn’t fly). I have also seen multiple licenses for designers doing work for the company the font is licensed to.

 

What are some of your favorite paid fonts?

I kind of have an expensive font habit…meaning I like to buy expensive fonts. Here are few of the paid fonts I love:

  • Licious Script: it’s one I used in the Digital Scrapbooking Manual and is similar to one often seen at California Adventure (which I didn’t notice until after I created the manual, but maybe my subconscious was influenced.
  • Samantha Script: is sentimental to me (my daughter’s name) and that’s the reason I bought it, but I love it too.
  • Paradise Script

I tend to find foundries that I love and follow for long periods of time:

  • P22 was a favorite of mine for many years when I first started digital scrapbooking.
  • Typodermic is a popular on among digital designers because he lets designers use his fonts in digital design.
  • If you’ve been in digital scrapbooking for a long time, you might remember Ronna Penner who was a fontographer first, then a digital designer for a while. She was one of my very first digital purchases (if not THE first). One of the very first fonts she made won a lot of awards. It’s been really fun to watch her career.
  • I had been buying up Sudtipos fonts for a while before I realized they were from the same foundry (remember when you could always see this one in The Digi Files graphics?) I seem to like everything they do.
  • Ed’s fonts are the ones I’ve been studying and drooling over for the past several months. One of these days, I will buy some!

 

How do you organize your fonts?

How do I keep it all straight? I have folders in my font folder where I put verified CU fonts, verified digital design fonts, etc. I would never remember otherwise!

What paid fonts do the Daily Digi team members love?

We’ve shared a lot of great free fonts in previous posts and we love a great font for free just as much as anyone, but we are also willing to pay for beautiful fonts that we know will give our digital creations the perfect touch. There are some great font designers in digiland and plenty of amazing resources for really high quality fonts all over the web. I asked our team to share some of their favorite paid fonts that they love. Here’s our list:

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Many of the fonts that come packaged with word processing programs are also great fonts so don’t forget about those either!

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PS. Congratulations to this week’s reader, Kathy, who has won $10 to Maya de Groot. Thanks for commenting!

Favorite Free Fonts for Journaling

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We’ve posted about journaling fonts before and even revisited the topic a year later, but we just keep finding more favorite fonts! We figured it was time to put together fifteen of our all-time favorites to go along with our Fifteen Favorite Free Fonts for Titles.

Here are the links to all fifteen journaling fonts pictured above:

  1. Baskerville Old Face
  2. Black Jack
  3. Bean Pole
  4. Another Typewriter
  5. Hero
  6. Arsenale White
  7. Just the way you are
  8. Rockwell
  9. Serif Beta
  10. Dear Joe Five Casual
  11. Traveling Typewriter
  12. Pea Hart
  13. CK Journaling
  14. Journaling Hand
  15. Antipasto

Have fun downloading!

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Fifteen Favorite Free Fonts for Scrapbook Page Titles

My favorite title trick is to use a fabulous font that finishes off the page with a flair. When I look for fonts to use for title work, I prefer bolder fonts with a little visual weight to them. It’s also important that they go with the general feeling of the page and work well with my journaling fonts. I’ve shared some of our favorite title fonts in a previous post, but I’ve found some new ones in the last few years that have made regular appearances on my layouts. Not only are all of the following fonts great for titles, they are also all FREE! I’m sure you’ll find at least a few that will become part of your title making toolbox!

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Here are the links to each font:

  1. Fenwick Outline
  2. Sketch Block
  3. Elise
  4. Café Rojo
  5. Seaside Resort
  6. Traveling Typewriter
  7. Pacifico
  8. Howser
  9. Too Much Paper
  10. Milk & Cereal
  11. MTF Base Outline
  12. Lauren Script
  13. Airplane
  14. Harlow Solid Italic
  15. Ostrich Sans Rounded

Check out some of our other font posts that will give you great ideas for titles:

What are YOUR favorite title fonts? We’d love to know! It doesn’t matter if they are free or paid fonts, just leave us the font name (and link if possible) in the comments. Fonts are SO much fun!

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Typewriter Fonts

Typewriter fonts are a popular choice on many scrapbook pages. They are usually easily readable and are available in many different styles, like grungy, aged, messy, clean, modern, and even “hand drawn type”.

Favourite Typewriter Fonts

There are many, many typewriter fonts available. Here are a few of my go-to favourites, and most of them are free:

Type Tricks

On a real typewriter, the letters would be slightly pressed into the paper by the machine. One way to mimic this digitally is by using the pillow emboss style in Photoshop.

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Paper by Katie the Scrapbook Lady from The Daily Digi’s My Life At Play kit

The effect is subtle, but adds a touch more realism by placing the text on the paper and not “floating” above it. It can be made more or less prominent, depending on your personal preference. For the example, I used the following settings:

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Tip: Adjust the opacity of the highlights/shadows to suit the paper and the font.

You can also use the steps outlined in Fonts Don’t Float, which is my number one most-used The Daily Digi tip.

Inspiration

Let’s take a look at how typewriter fonts are used by some very talented scrappers in the galleries. (Note: The pages below are linked to their gallery locations with credits.)

OFF-SET LINES: I love how the lines of journaling on this page by Angie4b1g are off-set.

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PART OF THE TITLE: Ultracoolmama used a typewriter font as part of her title work, in addition to her journaling text.

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ON A TAB: Putting typewriter fonts on tabs is a fun touch!

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ON JOURNALING STRIPS: Tronesia put her journaling on little strips. To give the paper a hand-cut look, the edges can be adjusted using the skew tool under the edit menu in Photoshop.

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I hope you have fun journaling with typewriter fonts! Happy scrapping!

Making Your Own Subway Art and Type Posters

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I love type! I (Steph) love to study letter forms and how each one is unique in different fonts. I also love looking at beautiful combinations of fonts when put together to create art. It truly makes my heart happy (I know, I’m a geek!).

I have a Pinterest board set up to pin great examples of type. The items I pin are usually type posters…posters or ads created with great type combinations. It’s really amazing to see how creative people can be with type!

I thought it would be fun to make my own poster with a phrase on it that has been a big part of my life the past few months (I’ll share more on that on The Digi Show this coming week). I knew it wouldn’t be hard, but figured there were probably some tutorials out there already that I could look over. I found a couple that I read through before getting started:

Blogging With Bobbi has some great suggestions for using rulers and grids (which I would suggest). After step 4 of her tutorial, my guides still weren’t showing up. I found that there was one more step I needed in order to see them:

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I just went to View> Show> Grid and that turned them on. I also added some guides by selecting the move tool, clicking on the ruler and dragging (which creates a guide), then dropping it one half inch from each outer edge. I also dropped a guide at the center point to help me lign up my fonts. Here’s what my canvas looked like (the blue lines are the guides, the black is the grid):

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Oopsie Daisy Blog has some screen shots of how she lined up her fonts for her poster. These are helpful to get you going.

If you are in the full version of Photoshop, you can adjust the kerning (space between characters) to help fill up the space. I did this for the word “family” on my poster. Adjusting Kerning isn’t an option in PSE.

Here’s what my poster looked like in Photoshop when I was done:

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Would you like to give it a try?  Here’s a list of the fonts I used (from top to bottom):

Onyx (default font for Microsoft)
Romantiques
Impact (default font for Microsoft)
AR Blanca
Onyx
Fontleroy Brown
Lobster
Riesling

You can use any fonts you want, you don’t have to use mine. It’s a super fun way to experiment with type and how different fonts look together.

Even more fonts for journaling

When I (Katie) posted about favorite fonts for journaling last year, I’m not sure I realized how many more fun fonts I would continue to find after that! It seems that the galleries have been filled with journaled layouts lately (which makes my heart so happy!) and I’m constantly finding new fonts that NEED to live in my computer. Our team here at The Daily Digi helped me out with some great tips and fonts to share with you. Some of the fonts are even free!

Jenn Lindsey had Darcy Baldwin make a font from her own handwriting. I think Jenn’s handwriting is beautiful, and it’s especially poignant on a page that documents such personal feelings about her Mother who passed away. I have to say that nothing is as special as something written in your own hand.

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Layout by Jenn Lindsey. Clipped Frames by Katie the Scrapbook Lady, Dandelion WIshes by Jennifer Barrette DJB JenLin font

I also have a font made from my own handwriting from a few years ago, but it didn’t turn out all that great. I’m going to have to give Darcy’s service a try. I do have to admit that I don’t have great handwriting, and one of my favorite things about digital scrapbooking is that I can use fonts to make my writing look beautiful. I also love being able to change fonts to match the mood of a page. Truth be told, I’m a bit of a font junkie! I find that I have a few favorites that I turn to quite frequently (besides the ones I listed in last year’s post).

I love to use fonts that look like handwriting and so does our team. This page by Jenn has a fun and youthful feeling thanks to the handwritten font.

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Layout by Jenn Lindsey. Year’s Worth Template Set by Jenn Lindsey, Mischief Maker by Micheline Martin, Birthday Love by HGD by Laurie Ann, sf Jubilee font

CK Higgins Handprint has been a longtime favorite of mine. I love the handwritten and casual look it adds to a layout.

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Layout by Katie. Ali Edwards template no.9, CK- Higgins Handprint font. Papers (recolored) by Natalie Braxton from Denim Dirt kit

I love the clean and simple look of Calibri, a font that came with my computer.

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Layout by Katie. Template by Anna Aspnes. Papers by Katie. Calibri font.

I like my fonts to match the style of the embellishments or page. A clean and simple page feels better with a clean and simple font.

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Layout by Katie. 365 Inspiration template by Kitty Designs. Sweet Shoppe Designs Everyday collab kit. Franklin Gothic book font

While a more playful layout needs a whimsical style of font.

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Layout by Katie. Quirky Twerp Playful Sunshine kit (The Digi Files #28 April 2011), template by Gina Miller (gridlocked 4), Font is Pea Christen.

A great big list of journaling fonts that we love: (some are free)

What are some of your favorite fonts for journaling? We’d love to know!

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P.S. Valerie was the winner from yesterday’s random drawing from the comments. She won $10 in product from Kelleigh Ratzlaff.