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Dash of Inspiration: Diaries of a Fontaholic, Part 1

February 4, 2013
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A Dash of Inspiration, A Cup of Creativity by Doreen

Diaries of a Fontaholic, Part 1

Hello … My name is Doreen Erhardt … and I’m a Fontaholic … all laughing aside, I really am, and I know some of you are too.

This past week, it was time to go through my fonts and remove those which really aren’t appropriate for greeting card designs, add some new found treasures and in general do some font clean-up; making my card creation easier.  That gave me the idea to pass along my ‘current’ list of favorite fonts; as well as some ‘specialty fonts’ and a few tips.

So, this will be a Three-Part series, introducing you to over 30 great font choices; all of which are okay for commercial use, most of which are free to download.

Pt-1:  My 10 Favorite Script Fonts plus My 6 Favorite ‘Companion’ Fonts; Pt-2: My 7 Favorite Hand-Written Causal Fonts plus My 6 Favorite Comic-Sans Replacement Fonts; and Pt-3: Fonts to avoid and those which require a ‘light touch’, plus some fun ‘specialty’ fonts for occasional use.

Here we go … This first set of fonts are my favorite script fonts. They are very legible, great for both casual and semi-casual uses such as; Birthday’s, Mother’s Day, Sweet 16 etc. and they all have a professional feel to them when well placed within a design.  Though some of these would work well for Weddings, I consider this area to be a ‘specialty’ font category, so I’ll share more elegant script fonts in Part 3.

In order to make things a bit easier for our dear Corrie who actually does the official posting on the blog, I’ve grouped the fonts, therefore offering fewer links.  All you need to do is copy the font name and paste it into the search feature on the home page of the links provided in the groupings. When the font name shows up, click on that and you will be taken to the download page for that font, where it also show the license. 10FavoriteSCRIPTFonts_Image Alex Brush

Great Vibes

Rochester

Italianno

These 4 fonts can all be downloaded for free at FontSquirrel.com

Honey Script

Montez

Sacramento

Font Clicker Script Regular

These 4 fonts can all be downloaded for free (some would like a donation) at 1001Fonts.com

A&S Speedway can be purchased here.

Cotillion Script is indicated as Freeware, I received it as part of a CU package that was a gift, you may download it from Ffonts.net, do some more research I was not able to quickly find any license info.

Okay, this next group is what I like to call my ‘Companion’ fonts or ‘business’ fonts.  These are cap-fonts in a variety of ‘styles’ which are great for combining with the script fonts so that you don’t overdo the use of a script font (which is easy to do). You want to choose companion fonts that are very legible in small print.  In addition to this group, I also use some standards which most of us have; the Century Family, Garamond Family, Copperplate etc. FavoriteCOMPANIONFonts_Image Bebas Neue

Stint Ultra Condensed

Font Six Caps Font

Engebrechtre Font Family

Marcellus SC Font

These 5 fonts can all be downloaded for free from 1001Fonts.com

You can purchase Felix Titling from MyFonts.com

Hope you enjoyed this installment of Diaries of a Fontaholic … See you next week for some wonderful hand-written and cartoon fonts!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 4, 2013 2:24 pm

    My name is Tracie and I am a Fontaholic. I organize all my fonts into separate folders: script, hand writing, capitals etc. (So glad I’m not the only one with the addiction!!) Thank you for this awesome resource!

  2. February 4, 2013 3:30 pm

    Thanks so much, Doreen! This is extremely helpful in feeding my font addiction. For those who like both cats and fonts, here are 20 cats representing 20 fonts. http://www.buzzfeed.com/paws/cats-as-fonts

  3. February 4, 2013 4:41 pm

    You are welcome Tracie and Catherine … fellow Fontaholics!

    Catherine – those Cats as Fonts is WONDEFUL, how cute are they? Thank you for sharing that!

    See you both next week with Part 2 of my Favorite fonts, thanks for stopping by.

    Doreen

  4. February 7, 2013 10:45 am

    Thank you Doreen, Love these Fonts!

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