SLIDESHOW

Free fonts for holiday greetings

When choosing fonts for a holiday project, you don’t need to stick to the overused snow-capped letters and frilly scripts. Whether for an invitation, an advertisement, a greeting card, or a holiday letter, there are several ways to add just the right amount of holiday flavor. Simply add a wintry dingbat, or use an English or Celtic-looking font—I found several free fonts at FontSquirrel.com and 1001Fonts.com, and even in the font collection included on my Mac.

Faux Snow

You can add a wintery dingbat to any classic font you already have—almost any formal script font will work well. If you apply the colors of the season, you’ll impart just enough holiday cheer! Here, the Zapfino font provided by Mac OS X is joined by a dingbat from the free Faux Snow BRK font.

Apple Chancery

The slightly chunkier Apple Chancery works well with a dingbat or two from the old-fashioned, free Floralia font. You can repeat a dingbat to make a nice border or motif.

Baskerville Semibold

The thick Baskerville Semibold font from Mac OS X works well with the thick woodcut appearance of a dingbat from the free Schluss-Vignetten font. I lightened up the Baskerville a bit by adding two dingbats from the free Nymphette font.

Kingthings-Versalis

The free Kingthings-Versalis font comes in a solid style and an outline style. Here, it’s combined with a few more “snowflakes” from the free Faux Snow BRK font.

Gothic Ultra, Kells SD, and Leander

If you want to pick up a new font or two, look for one that seems Irish or English—Americans will associate it with the winter holidays. Color it red or green and toss in a dingbat or two. Here, the free fonts Gothic Ultra, Kells SD, and Leander are stacked atop a series of dingbats from the free IM Fell Flowers 1.

Dancing Script

The free Dancing Script is brightened up with some color and another dingbat from the free Faux Snow BRK font.

Tangerine and Tangerine Bold

The free Tangerine and Tangerine Bold fonts are joined by another dingbat from the free Faux Snow BRK font.

Yellow Magician

Holidays can seem magical, which is implied by the free Yellow Magician font. More dingbats from the free Nymphette font round out the design.

[Jay J. Nelson is the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly, an executive summary of graphic design news.]