Bulking up your font collection

In previous articles—on Creative Suite 3 plug-ins, InDesign add-ons and Photoshop Actions —I talked about how adding to your applications can increase your creativity. Next up: fonts.

Fonts are about the easiest way to add to your creative arsenal, and I’ve compiled a long, but certainly not complete, list of Web sites offering fonts ranging from completely free to über-expensive.

Free Fonts:

Commercial Fonts:

Both Free and Commercial Fonts:

Font Management & Resources

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You may come across a font in an ad or brochure that you want or need to use, but you don’t know what it is. In these cases, WhatTheFont can help you. WhatTheFont allows you to scan in the font you’re investigating and upload it to their servers where it runs through some complex NASA-style, gobbledygook algorithm and spits out the name (or possible names) of the font in question. For those times when even their automated method doesn’t work, they offer a discussion forum full of font enthusiasts that can help you out. Similar services include and Identifont, which asks a series of questions to identify your font without having to upload anything.

And finally, you may want to brush up on font management by browsing through this brief best practices guide supplied by Extensis.

[James Dempsey runs the Creative Guy Web site and blog, which offers tips, tricks and opinion on a variety of design topics.]

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