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Get Gorgeous Free Fonts with Google Fonts

Updated on September 10, 2014
Get Gorgeous Free Fonts with Google Fonts
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If you're feeling limited by the fonts on your computer, I have good news for you: Google has some amazing and amazingly FREE fonts that are available for download and web use. These fonts are open source and can be used for both non-commercial and commercial purposes. Awesome.

One of my good friends who works in PR turned me on to this resource; I've mentioned it to some folks who practically live in Photoshop and most of them had never heard of it. With selection of 600+ serif, san serif, script, handwritten, and some downright artistic fonts, I was able to pick and choose many favorites and add them to my computer with little hassle. I use them in both Photoshop and Microsoft Word.

The image above was created by me using some of my favorite Google Fonts:

IM FELL English, Nixie One, Fredericka the Great, Amatic SC, Poiret One, Sacramento, and Monoton.

Time required: 10 minutes

Difficulty: medium

Cost: $0

Tools:

  • Computer
  • An Internet Connection
  • Programs that Utilize Fonts (ex: Photoshop, MS Word, Illustrator, etc.)

Londrina Sketch
Londrina Sketch
Love Ya Like A Sister
Love Ya Like A Sister

Instructions:

1. Visit the Google Fonts page and see if anything strikes your fancy. Also, decide whether you want to only use certain fonts for your own website, or if you want to download them.

Font shown: Love Ya Like A Sister

Mr Dafoe
Mr Dafoe

2. If you want new fonts for your website, simply add them to your "Collection" by hitting the blue button, then go to your collection and follow the on-screen instructions. You can also bookmark your collection for future reference by clicking on the small gray chain icon in the upper right hand corner.

If you want to use the fonts for creating images, graphics, and text documents on Photoshop, Word, or whatever graphic/word processing program you use, you need to download them. Read on!

Font shown: Mr Dafoe

Ribeye Marrow
Ribeye Marrow

3. If you want to download fonts individually, simply add them to your "Collection" by hitting the blue button. Next, go to your "Collection" and press the small grey (arrow pointing down) button in the upper right corner. In the pop-up, click on the blue ".zip file" link to download everything in your collection.

Font shown: Ribeye Marrow

Nothing You Could Do
Nothing You Could Do

4. PS: I opted to download the entire catalog, then add whichever font I liked individually to the font library on my computer. I figured it would be easier than continuing to go back to the web page to download individually.

And don't worry. You will not need to see all 600+ fonts in your graphics program when you download them! That would be overwhelming! You'll only see the the ones that you manually add to your library.

Font shown: Nothing You Could Do

Mountains of Christmas
Mountains of Christmas

5. Since downloading a whole font library is not the same as downloading a single movie (for example), you will need to use a special program "tool" to facilitate it. The process of downloading all fonts from Google Fonts differs depending on your operating system. If you have a Mac, you will need download and use a program called "Mercurial" to import; if you have a PC, you will need to download and use a program called "TortoiseHG."

Font shown: Mountains of Christmas

Permanent Marker
Permanent Marker

6. Go to HERE and scroll down to find your operating system. Follow the instructions to download your fonts and install them to your computer's font library.

Font shown: Permanent Marker

© 2014 Shay Marie

Comments - Do you use Google Fonts? Which font is your favorite?

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      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Love how you did this, and the names of the fonts. I'll come back to it and download them. Very fun!

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      Mary Norton 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I haven't used it yet but now that you've made me aware of this, I'll definitely try it.

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