Fun with Fonts!
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It’s fun to throw some flair into your printed documents and images and there has never been a better time for font aficionados to browse lots of fantastic fonts.
Finding fonts you like is fun and easy with websites like http://dafont.com and a search of the word ‘font’ in Pinterest will leave your font senses delighted – and burn a lot of your free time – be warned… dipping your toe into the lake of fonts can leave you addicted and obsessed.
You’re going to find fonts that are either freeware, shareware, demos, or in the public domain. Not all fonts on the internet are free! Be sure to pay attention to how the font is licensed when you download it by checking the read-me files included on the page or zipped with the font files - that information should be easy to find and if there is no indication at all it should be a bit of a warning.
Once your files are un-zipped or un-stuffed installation is a piece of cake. Under Windows 10/8/7/Vista - Select the font files (.ttf, .otf or .fon) then Right-click > Install. Mac OS X recognizes TrueType and OpenType fonts (.ttf and .otf) but not the PC bitmap fonts (.fon). Under Mac OS X 10.3 or above (including the FontBook) - Double-click the font file > "Install font" button at the bottom of the preview.
Another caution - whether it’s a business document or a flyer for your mom’s birthday party mixing fonts can be as deadly as mixing metaphors. You risk your message coming off as amateurish, but have fun with fonts on your next flyer or invitation!