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Discussion in 'Font Forum:' started by Renniks, Jul 27, 2009.

  1. Renniks

    Renniks Senior Member

    So doing some daily browsing and found that costs of certian font packages are alot more than I ever expected.

    Wondering what peoples practise is for this.

    Do you look for alternatives to those great fonts that cost a lot?

    Do you purchase them as you feel you need them (when you feel they will work)?

    Have you purchased some of the popular fonts realising you will need them at some point?

    Have you purchased alot of fonts just so the list you have access to is greatly enhanced?

    Is there other cheaper ways of getting some font licenses legally (do certain softwares contain the font where the software costs less than the font license) ?

    Is it better to rely on the free fonts?

    Just after some other peoples thoughts :D

    (Also whats the licensing law on someone else supplying me with a picture of the font in the words I want, for a logo / poster / etc.)
  2. ch3tzy

    ch3tzy Senior Member

    Hi Renniks.

    Font Squirrel | Handpicked free fonts for graphic designers with commercial-use licenses. - some nice fonts that can be used commercially.

    with some sites that offer free need to double check with the owner if you can use the font commercially.

    I would get the person to create a outline in illustrator with the wording thats required, I dont "Think" you would have any problems with sure other members can clarify.
  3. Aarlev

    Aarlev Member

    I've purchased some of the most popular fonts that you can't go wrong with. Avenir, Futura, Myriad, Frutiger, Clarendon, Rockwell etc. And then I just buy new fonts as I go along if I feel that they fit, and I need them for a certain project. Sometimes I'll use free fonts from Font Squirrel if they're decent.
  4. Renniks

    Renniks Senior Member

    Cheers guys, indeed I found fontsquirrel in my searches and was quite impressed :)
  5. mrp2049

    mrp2049 Senior Member

    Font squirrel seems like a highlight reel for all the free sites, das good!

    I've got soooo many fonts, that have now just been moved from computer to computer to computer, but it does mean I've got the standards covered. Quite often if I see a font I like, because of its character, i'll have a crack at making something similar myself!

    But then again, I have bought them when the job requires it!
  6. Chincherry

    Chincherry Junior Member

    Hi guys I was using although its not as good as font squirrel so I think ill make the change!

    Does anybody know where I could download some of the most regularly used fonts at a reasonable price some font libraries i have checked charge 100's and sometimes 1000's for a font
  7. Becky

    Becky Member

    Pretty reasonable advice there. Having a list of classic fonts is a great way to build a base

    Font Squirrel is a great place. You can also search for Free fonts on If you use the advanced search, you can set it to search for fonts that have a price of no more than 0. Some nice fonts there :)

    I also tend to try and find similar fonts if I can't quite afford something, sometimes the similar font works out better anyhow :)

    DaFont is ok... only problem is you sometimes end up with issues PDFing freebie fonts that aren't so well made (If you're PDfing things that is). But you can always convert to curves (which is a pain if you need to edit things).
  8. Mark Alexander

    Mark Alexander Senior Member

    Depending on the application you're using you can have it automatically convert type to outlines when you export. I know you can do it with InDesign, at least.

    InDesignSecrets Blog Archive Converting Text to Outlines The Right Way

    Pretty sure this can be done in Illustrator too, though I've never written enough copy in it to bother setting it up.
  9. Becky

    Becky Member

    You can, but they cause so much pain, freebie fonts, we're always getting them sent in by customers at work, better to steer clear of them imo. Unless they're a bit more reputable i.e. font squirrel, myfonts
  10. Mark Alexander

    Mark Alexander Senior Member

    I was more directing it at your last sentence, really. I should have quoted better :p
  11. Georgina Kent

    Georgina Kent Member

    I've given up my search for Sentinel from H&FJ... it's like $200 which I seriously don't have... have searched online for 'free' places to get it and no joy yet... spent hours searching for it, so giving up! Need it in PC format too, which makes it harder

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