One question that comes up a lot with both my teaching and design work with clients is: “how do I install a font”. Which is usually followed by, “now how do use it?”. The easiest way to show you how to do this was to actually show you, so this will be mostly a series of small videos.
Finding and installing fonts
My first video lists a series of places to locate fonts, such as fontsquirrel.com and myfonts.com. Next, I show you where the fonts get downloaded, and how to install them into your computer. Once they are installed the will show up in your applications, such as Microsoft Word and Photoshop.
For those with PC’s, this video from Font Spring will help you.
Finding your fonts
If you are a font hoarder (like myself), then you probably have a hard time figuring out which font you want to use. If you are a Mac user, there is a great application on your computer called “FontBook” that allows you to scroll through your fonts and even make categories. You do need to remember which font you wanted to use when you go into your application (such as Photoshop or Word), but it’s much easier to browse through fonts in FontBook than within a program.
Fancy font use in Photoshop
I stick to Illustrator for most of my fancy font use, especially because of the ability to use glyphs (mentioned in the first video). For those of you who do not have Illustrator, there are some fun things you can do in Photoshop, such as typing on a path.
Now, for your enjoyment, here are some of my recent fonts that I love. You’ll notice that all of them have botanical themes and imagery… I am “Botanical Amy” after all.
Botanical Scribe is my most recent font acquisition, and I have been admiring it for a long time. I’ve been working on more botanical illustrations and liked the historical research behind this font. Plus, it’s call “botanical scribe” and flanked with plants.
Because the trees were feeling left out after all my mention of flowers, forest cursive is also a delightful looking font. So pretty…
Aristelle is another pretty, hand written script. I showed this font in the first video when I was explaining glyphs. Bonus: it’s 30% off right now.
Have fun finding and using your own fonts, and feel free to share your favorites below!