April 17, 2012

Cool Fonts and How to Get Them

I've had some questions asked about how to install fonts and which ones I've used on my signs.  Well, today I though we could do an overview on all that.  First I'll show you some fonts I love, then we'll talk about downloading and installing them, and then I'll show you Mac users how to add text to pictures in Preview.

Here are some fonts I've been enjoying lately.  These are the ones I use if I'm making a sign with a vintage look.  Click on the font to see where I downloaded it for free.

(This one creates the lines above and below the letters when you use the lower case letters.)

And here are a few projects you've seen me use these fonts on....

Yesterday's Painted Glass Art

(which I will soon have some upcoming news about for those of you hoping to recreate it)

Now, how do you download and use fonts?  This is really tricky to answer because everyone has a different computer they are using.  In the past I've always googled "how to install fonts on a ______________(fill in the blank with the kind of computer you are using)"   You might have to sort through a few of the options before you find one that's easy to follow.  My last computer was impossible to install fonts on.  If you have a Mac, you could do it in your sleep.  Just do a little digging and you'll find some instructions.  (Someone also left some helpful links in the comment section.  Thanks Caroline!)

If you have a Mac, adding text to your photos is pretty easy in preview.  Pull up the picture (NOT in iPhoto, but in Preview).  Click the pencil in the yellow circle to open the menu on the next line.  Click the "Aa" in the purple circle to create a text box.  Then click the "A" in the blue circle to pull up your font menu.  This will list all the fonts you've installed on your computer as well.  The text box is easy to enlarge or move, but you need to create the box before you can add the text.

And that's all for today.  By the way, reading about all your favorite movies and books was so fun on Saturday.  I've added a ton to my must read list.  Thanks for being a part of this blog.  See you tomorrow.


  1. How fun!! I love your signs so much!

  2. Ever since we switched to Windows 7 I can't install any new fonts, because I can't get WinZip to work to unzip the files. :( I need to find some tech support because when I see a list of cute fonts like this that I can't have, it just makes me SAD! LOL

    1. Here is a bit of 'tech' support for you :)

      This is how to install your fonts with windows7 http://windows.microsoft.com/en-CA/windows-vista/Install-or-uninstall-fonts

      This is info on using winzip although it does say its a bit buggy

      And happy day.. windows7 does have its own ability to unzip a file built right in!
      Hope this helps you get your fonts!

  3. Thank you for sharing this! I have a mac and I always wondered what preview was for. LOL! Thanks for the info!

  4. thanks for sharing this! As a graphic designer, I am always looking for new fun fonts. This site is awesome!

  5. i recently got a mac and it's been ages since i've used one. what program to you use to store/preview your photos? iphoto? and what do you prefer to edit your photos?


  6. Lyndi I have the same questions. I use to use picnik to edit photos but it's gone now. iPhoto is not exactly fancy with the editing. :)

    1. Here's my answer in this recent post:



  7. I did not know about that Preview facility. So useful. Thank you so much for that.
    Bimbi x

  8. I have a mac ... what do you mean open your photo in PREVIEW? I'm not sure what that is...probably seen it but don't recall. I recently installed Picassa that all my pix are downloaded too... but I think it's a bit hard to figure out. How do you organize your pix?

  9. I took a few days off from the computer! What a fun post to come back to :) Thank you thank you thank you! I'm thrilled you showed us how to do this :)


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