The Wonder of Tech is honored to welcome Ashvini Kumas Saxena as a guest author. Today Ashvini writes about how to add fonts to your computer, giving you additional fonts for your word processing, photo editing and other software tools. He discusses his favorite source for free fonts, Dafont, which has thousands of free and premium fonts for you to download.
If you’re looking for fun and creative fonts, or didn’t know you could add fonts to your computer, Ashvini’s article will be very helpful for you!
When you’re creating a design, logo, invitation, art project or website, you may want to use a custom font. You can download custom fonts to your computer in under a minute to use in software and on your website. Thousands of free fonts are available for you to use to maximize your creativity.
I often search on the Internet for fonts that have a different look and feel that the ones that we use daily (such as Arial, Verdana, Georgia, etc.). There is no question that these standard fonts are also very good and can be used without any hassle because most computers and word processing programs have these fonts pre-installed.
However if you want to create a special design for an invitation, design, logo, signature or website, you may to bring a little spice to your fonts, instead of using where the standard fonts which would look very simple and ordinary.
There are a number of sites on the web where fonts both free and paid fonts are available for download. One of my favorite font websites is Dafont. Dafont has huge collection of fonts, both paid and free for all kinds of usage. The fonts are clearly divided among various categories so that one can instantly go their choice of category, for example Retro, Comic or Groovy.
They also provide very helpful instructions on their home page, below the category list, on how to install a font on your computer for Windows and Mac systems. They go into further detail on how to install their fonts on their Help page.
Click on a category to see the fonts offered. You may find dozens of pages of fonts to choose from in a category. Frankly, the number of fonts can be overwhelming.
So they have really nice feature to search fonts based on your needs. With so many search options, it really gets very easy to search what you are looking for. You can also check how your text looks when used in a particular font.
Just type in your text in the Custom Preview field to see how the text will look in the fonts you chose. Isn’t it great when you want to choose the font that best serves your needs? I did a search with my string as “Hello” and here was the result:
If you want further options just click “More Options” and you get more search options:
So if you want to use paid fonts (some of them are really good), just tick that option (shareware) and search.
Cool isn’t it?
If you want to just search, use the search box located on the right hand side at the top of the page. You can also browse by the name of the font.
What I searched for? I am fan of Rock Music and my search showed some interesting fonts
Clicking on the Author links shows the list of Authors who have contributed to the site and which country they are from. Participation from my country (India) is rather low. That means we will have to work harder to be in the top.
The site is available in three languages
Dafont has a very interesting feature: crowd-sourced font identification where you can upload a picture of font that you find:
Forum members will answer which font they think is in the picture.
How to download and install a font on your PC or Mac:
You can install font into your computer in a number of ways. Follow the instructions at the Help page of Dafont according to your type of computer and operating system.
Here is a helpful video demonstrating how to download a font to your PC:
How to install a font on your website
(For advanced users)
You can install a custom font on your website, but readers may not be able to view it (see below). Let’s say you want to install a font “new-font” on your site.
a) Download the new-font.ttf from the font site and place in a web folder (for e.g. public_html/yoursite/webfonts)
b) Now you can use CSS identifier like this. Place this code in your style.css file:
src: url(‘webfonts/new-font) format(‘opentype’);
When you use a custom font in a software program such as Word, readers should be able to view the font when they open the document on their computers, even if they don’t have that font downloaded.
When you use a custom font on your website, your readers may not be able to view the font unless they have downloaded that font onto their computers. Instead of the custom font, readers who haven’t downloaded the font will see a default font, such as Times New Roman.
You can use your custom fonts on images, which readers can see even if they haven’t downloaded the font to their computers. Use your downloaded fonts in a software program such as Word, then use editing tools such as PicMonkey to create images using the new font, that any reader can see.
Check out Dafont to get new and creative fonts for your computer. Enjoy this awesome site to find fonts to use in your logos and signatures.
Have you ever downloaded a new font for your computer? Have you tried Dafont? What would you use a new font for — art project, invitations, logo, web design? Let us know in the Comments section below!
Ashvini Kumar Saxena lives in Bangalore, India and has written at Thoughts on Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Motivation for the past three years. He loves to write on topics such as entrepreneurship, leadership and motivation. He also has interests in web technologies, music and book reading. He has created a plugin Share Juice Pro to help bloggers share their posts on social media.