For some, computers are a means to an end. We do what we need to do and relish the shutting down sound when we are done! If you’re a crafter, you may steer clear of computers for your projects, but that really doesn’t need to be the case! One of the easiest ways to make your projects nifty, is to use a nifty font. Even if you’re drawing out something by hand, looking at the words in different fonts on screen can really help you find the style that you’re trying to achieve.
So – without further ado – I’d like to show you a few places to get FREE fonts and then how to install them on a computer with Windows. (Sorry Mac people – I’m Allison and I’m a PC – so I can’t get your back on this one!).
Fonts. Fonts. Fonts.
The first place I always go when looking for a free font is www.dafont.com They have tons that are free for personal use and some that are even free for commercial use. Plus they have a really nifty system where you type in the phrase you are looking for and it shows you what it looks like in the fonts that are available. Plus they have their styles sectioned off so that if you’re looking for a techno font with an LCD vibe, you can click it and hit it! Plus their key word search is killer. Looking for fonts that look like tattoos? Search tattoo and a good number of fonts come up.
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Be sure to double check that the font you are wanting to use is okay with the author for your project. Each font will show if it is acceptable for personal use, commercial use, etc. Download the font files to a place you can easily find. If you lose things like I do, just save them straight onto your desktop. This way you can’t miss them!
NOW – it’s time to install all of the wonderful fonts you have downloaded. Here’s how!
STEP 1: Access your “My Computer”. Hover over the start button and click on “My Computer” on the panel that pops up.
STEP 2: On the window that pops up, double click “Local Disk (C:)”
STEP 3: Look for the folder named “WINDOWS” and double click it.
STEP 4: Look for the folder named “FONTS”. Don’t double click on this one – just make sure you know where it is…
STEP 5: Go to the folder, or on your desktop, where you have been saving your fonts. Double click on the font file. One of two things will happen, depending on the zip software you have on your machine.
Option 1: The folder will open, showing you the files inside. Grab the font file and drag it to your desktop or other area you are working with. Move on to Step 5.
Option 2: Your zip software will ask where you want to unzip the software. If this is the case, go ahead and double-click on the FONTS folder you found earlier. Copy the address to the folder and paste it into your zip software. Move on to Step 6.
STEP 5: Drag the files from the files from where you “unzipped” them into your FONTS folder. Just drag and drop. The installer will pop up and show you when the font is done installing.
STEP 6: Delete all of the zip files, etc. that you have incurred in the process. Reboot your computer and you are all set!
70585f2182d7eb9bd271353ab278b1b8883ff83d98a11c0389Written by Allison Murray - Visit Website