The Evolution of Fonts

In Photoshop Creative Cloud 2017, Adobe added the ability to use bitmap fonts. What’s a bitmap font? It’s basically an alpha turned into a font! Yes, you can actually type with your alphas.

How does it work? The font must be created and saved as a bitmap font. Then you can install it just like any fonts. I highly recommend only installing bitmap fonts when you are actually using them. They are very large files, much larger than traditional vector fonts. So they can take up a lot of your computer processing power. So if you plan on using bitmap fonts a lot, a font manager could be a great investment. Then you can simply enable and disable the fonts with a click as you need them.

Now that your font is loaded, it works just like a regular font. Just type away and as long as that alpha has the characters, you can type your titles using the font! I love this new feature. Now the trick is finding some bitmap fonts out there!

So, I’ve converted one of my old alphas to a bitmap font for you to play with. If you are interested in a font conversion service, you can email me or jump over to my store. (Designers too!)

FIND THE FONT

It happens all the time…you see a font online or in a kit and you just know you have to have it.

The problem is, you don’t know what it is!

Enter font finding sites.

There are quite a few out there, some of which are specific to the fonts on their site. But there are others, like What Font Is, that can help you find the name of any font.

The process is fairly simple. First, either download an image containing the font you want to know the name of or take a screen shot (which will save to your computer.) Then, head to What Font Is.

Let’s take this font, for example. Let’s say I saw this online (which, by the way, is an example of one of the most famous six word stories.)

When I get to the site, I see a screen like this (well, not completely like this. I took out some of the distracting ads…)

Then, I uploaded the image I saved (or you can use a URL to the image). As you can see below, I uploaded a screen shot.

Then, I clicked continue. A bunch of rectangular boxes appeared and in each one, one of the letters was in bold. In the tiny box below the big rectangle, I typed in the letter in bold. And on and on it goes.

The search tool will ask you to identify every letter in the image you uploaded, but I found that even entering just these five (and ignoring the rest), was enough for the search engine to fine my font.

A screen like this will then appear, giving their best guess as to what font you submitted. It will also give you similar fonts, which is very helpful if the font you want to use isn’t available to download.

In our example, LOVE YA LIKE A SITER (by Kimberly Geswein) appeared first. It also gave me a link to where I could download/buy it.

It’s a pretty handy tool when you are overcome with font love or envy!


I will say that script fonts can be a little trickier since the program can’t always tell where one letter ends and another begins. However, it is still really good at its job. It found this font (most likely because there were also non-script letters).

Faith and Glory

If nothing else, it is definitely worth a try!

Fonts for Journalling

Fonts for Journalling

Of all the things I love about scrapbooking, capturing my family’s stories in journalling is one of my favourite. I love to record little memories that otherwise might have been forgotten. My scrapbook pages are filled with words and it makes me so happy to see my family reading them.

So, today I’m sharing some of fonts perfect for journalling! Some are free and some are for-purchase. Check them out:

Leander (free)

Hunterswood (in a larger collection)

Rockwell

Arvo (free)

DJB Merry (free)

Tigerlily

League Spartan (free)

Oswald (free)

I hope you found some new-to-you fonts to help you capture your family memories!

School Fonts for Scrapbookers

School Fonts for Scrapbookers

School is almost out! Bring on the lazy days of summer! But, before I get too relaxed, I’m busy scrapbooking the final activities of the year and putting together a mini yearbook for my kids. I found a few fun fonts that fit the school theme very well and would make a great addition to any page:

123 Marker

Learning Curve Pro

TeX Gyre Schola

School Book New

School Script Dashed

Print Clearly

Eraser

Graduate

I hope that you find them useful when you’re scrapbooking your own end of the school year pages.

Accent Fonts for Digital Scrapbookers

Accent Fonts for Digital Scrapbookers

I gathered a few beautiful fonts that are perfect accent fonts for your digital scrapbook pages. Some of them would also work as journaling fonts, but I see these mainly used in titles, sub-titles, as journaling headers, and on word strips.

Check out these great free fonts (all linked to their sources):

Lover’s Quarrel

Alegreya

Oldenburg

Komika

Kelmscottroman

Nickainley

TT Directors

DJB Poppyseed


I hope you find a few new-to-you fonts for your scrapbook pages!

Fonts for Art Journals

I love seeing amazing art journal and quote pages in the galleries! I am so inspired by the creativity of these pages. I’m continuing with my quote journal in 2015. With that in mind, I put together a list of free fonts that would be perfect on art journal pages.

Permanent Marker

Leander

Trendy University

Black Casper

Edo

Umbrage

Porcelain

Boycott

Who doesn’t love to find great new fonts? I know my collection grows all the time!

Free Festive Fonts

Free Festive Fonts

Here is a round up of my favourite festive fonts. And best of all, they’re all free!

Free Festive Fonts

You can find the fonts here:

  1. Xiomara (available at Dafont)
  2. St. Nicholas (available at Dafont)
  3. Beyond Wonderland (available at Dafont)
  4. Magnolia (available at Dafont)
  5. Albura (available at Dafont)
  6. Coal Hand Luke (available at Dafont)
  7. Learning Curve (available at Font Squirrel)
  8. Jinky (available at Font Squirrel)
  9. Redressed (available at Font Squirrel)

Do you have any favourite festive fonts? Tell us about them in the comments!

Using Clementine Sketch

It’s no secret that I love the font Clementine Sketch. I’ve been using it on my templates for almost five years. It’s such a fun and versatile font and it looks great on layouts. However, one thing that I have noticed is that a lot of people don’t read the file that comes with it explaining how to use it properly. Steph has mentioned it before, but I thought I would quickly show you the right and wrong way to use this fun font.

This is what I see done a lot. See where those red arrows are pointing? Those ends are open when they should be closed. Here is what the font is supposed to look like:

It’s super easy. All you need to do is this:

1. When you are starting a new word, the first letter needs to be typed like you would a capital letter (this font doesn’t actually have capitals, but you press shift+letter like you would a capital). When you do this, it closes the first letter.

2. When you finish a word, you have to add shift + 6 (like you would a ^ symbol). This closes the word.

See it in action

See how Steph used this font, along with some other fun techniques to create a great looking title.