Top 5 Font Sites
by Jenifer Juris
Feed your font addiction with my list of top 5 font websites for digital scrapbooking.
In most circumstances, a digital scrapbook page isn’t complete until you add some type. And because type is such an important part of a finished layout, the fonts you choose to use are also important.
Because there are so many free font websites out there that can be scary to navigate due to ads and other issues, I’m here to give you my list of the top 5 free font websites you can safely visit.
Site #1 – Dafont.com
Dafont is a great place to look for free fonts and they have a massive library of them. At the top of the home page, you’ll see there are various ways to look for fonts. You can search by typing in a name, you can search by the first letter of the name, or you can search by category. The category search option can come in handy whether you’re looking for a handwriting font for journaling or a pretty script font for a title.
Because Dafont is a free font website, they have to make money to support the website and that means they do have ads on each page. But it’s pretty easy to tell where the ads are and what not to click on.
In fact, at Dafont, the download button looks the same for every single font. It’s a light gray rectangle with the word “Download” in black letters. So whether you’re on the home page or you click on a font to look at it more closely, the download button looks the same:
Site #2 – 1001FreeFonts.com
1001 Free Fonts is very similar to Dafont. At the very top of the page, you can type to search for a font. Or you can use their category option to search for a certain kind of font:
They have ads to support themselves, but similar to Dafont, they are easy to identify. And just like Dafont, they have the same download button on the list page as they do for an individual font. It looks like this:
Site #3 – Fontspace.com
Fontspace is another free font site that has a massive library. They have over 71,000 fonts! They have a search feature at the top of the page and if you click on the word “Styles” as seen at the top, they have quite a few categories to pick from.
The only minor drawback I’ve seen is that when you do click on a style, such as handwriting, fonts that aren’t actually handwritten fonts will show up. I’m not sure if this is because the font designers are mislabeling the fonts or what is happening to cause this but it’s still a great resource even with this minor setback.
The difference with Fontspace from the other two sites is that Fontspace requires you to have an account (or login) with them in order to use the site. On the list page, there are ads on the sides of the website but they are easy to avoid. If you choose to download a font from the list page, the download button looks like this:
But if you click on an individual font to get more details, you will see a bigger icon for downloading that looks like this:
Site #4 – Fontsquirrel.com
Fontsquirrel is another great font website and it’s very similar to the sites you’ve seen so far. The only difference here is that every single font you find listed at Fontsquirrel is a free font that is available for both Personal and Commercial Use.
Fontsquirrel has the same search features as the others. You can search by name or by category. And I know from experience that the category search works very well on this site.
The category search option isn’t found at the top of the site but it’s along the right side a little way down. You will see some ads here for the same reasons as the other sites but they are obvious and easy to avoid.
On the list page, the font download button looks like a blue arrow. Some of them will say Download TTF or OTF and others will say Download TTF or OTF (offsite). If you see the offsite in parenthesis, this means the font will have to be downloaded from a site other than Fontsquirrel and the download link will take you to that site.
If you click on an individual font, the download button you will click on looks like this:
Site #5 – Fontbundles.net
This font site is different from the others. Fontbundles is actually a site that sells fonts for commercial use. But the reason I’m sharing this site here is that they have an amazing Free Font section on their site. The link above takes you directly to the free font section I’m talking about.
One of the great things about sites that sell fonts is that you no longer are bombarded with ads all over the place.
But the one downside to this is that on the free font section of the site, you have limited search options:
These checkboxes are the only way to narrow down the search in the free font section. So, it will take more time to wade through all of the free fonts to find what you want.
Once you find a font you like, you can click on the image and it will take you a page where you can download it. The download button looks like this:
So that’s my list of the Top 5 Free Font Sites I recommend using to build your font stash. I hope you find this list helpful and I hope you find some great new fonts for your font stash.
Remember, websites are always updating so the images are only current as of the day this post was published.
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