10 Cool Free Computer Fonts That Will Make You Stand Out

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comic sans   10 Cool Free Computer Fonts That Will Make You Stand OutCatch the “˜Font Conference’ video that’s playing at the foot of the 5 Excellent Sources To Download Free Text Fonts. Times New Roman has his hands full while the rest of the font pack squabbles over artsy fonts like Webdings. “˜Superhero’ Comic Sans arrives in the nick of time to save the day.

Aren’t we all a bit like that when we pick and choose fonts for our computer? If you aren’t a designer, I can’t see you straying far from the conservative Arial’s, Times new Roman’s, or a Calibri maybe. Comic Sans is kept for the cutesy emails we tend to write once in a while.


Let’s blame it on the unwritten laws of font usage and those of readability. The lane of common typefaces is narrow indeed. Most of us dare not take the font road that is less travelled.

But what if you really wanted to stand out with your computer fonts; be adventurous, just like painting graffiti on a blank wall? Free computer fonts are easily available. Free fonts that will make you stand out are littered among them thanks to fearless typographic designers.

Mark’s article at the above link is a great place to start. Let’s pick out a few more free computer fonts and their sources. Stand out in style.

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1001 Free Fonts

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One of the fonts that caught my eye on 1001 Free Fonts is called Chopin Script. It’s a True Type Font that is in the style of Calligraphic fonts. The site lists thousands of fonts for Windows and Macintosh. Most of them are freeware, and some shareware.

AceFreeFonts

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How about a trip to hell and back? Well, that’s the name of the font pictured above. Ace Free Fonts groups 20309 true type fonts for Windows and Mac. The fonts are free to download. You can sift through the fonts by category, alphabetically, or use the tags. For your chosen font, you can also checkout the full character map.

Fonts2U

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Sometimes you might feel like writing an email in a typical handwritten style. Even though you know that the recipient may not have that font installed on his computer. I know I do, and that’s why I downloaded [ank], a handwriting script font. It is just one of the cool computer fonts that the site hosts. What makes this site standout are the foreign script fonts that are available for download from typeface designers around the world.

The font collection is marked out with licenses (GNU/GPL, freeware, free for personal use, donationware, shareware or demo).

TypeNow

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The seven year old typographic website has a small but selective collection. Small equates to 6846 fonts. Selective, corresponds to fonts that are themed on movies, music, and games. If you like any typeface used on a show’s credit, navigate to the Themed Free Fonts section from the dropdown to check it out. How about Star Wars? Though, I went for X-Files.

The collection is selective and it doesn’t seem to be getting updated with new fonts.

Famous Fonts

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If you are still searching for themed fonts, then you could score a hit at Famous Fonts. 300 free computer fonts to choose from; all specifically themed on movies, shows, magazines, automobiles, logos etc. The GodFather anyone?

FontSpace

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Carnivalee Freakshow is an abstract font that I downloaded from the site. It looks like one of those retro typefaces from an old sepia toned poster. FontSpace has 13,500+ free fonts for you to choose from. The fonts are neatly arranged in categories from the basic to more abstract styles like art deco you can download, unzip and use on your Windows, Mac, or Linux systems. You can test it out on the site itself with your custom text before a download.

Urban Fonts

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Urban Fonts is a neat well designed site with 8000 free font files and dingbats. You can browse through the free fonts quite easily. The custom text box lets you see your words getting rendered by all the typefaces listed on a page. Fonts are available for both Windows and Mac. As this site has a large collection of free dingbats, I browsed through that for jazzing up my PowerPoint presentations. The one above is called Retrobats.

Acid Fonts

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If you are feeling like going psychedelic with color and grunge for a change”¦try out the Anthology font from Acid Fonts. The site has free fonts for Mac and Windows download arranged neatly in a few categories.

Abstract Fonts

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I had once written a post on using drop caps to enhance your text in Microsoft Word. One of the free computer font categories you can visit here relates to that. You can go retro with DecoCaps or stay on the safe side with Media Gothic.

A neat feature of the site is the dropdown that opens up with all font information when you click on a specific typeface. You can also get to similar fonts from here, do custom previews, see the character map, and check the license before your download the font.

exljbris Font Foundry

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exljbris is Jos Buivenga’s collection of free fonts. And looking at the selections, you can only admire the handiwork of this type designer from Netherlands. Museo and Calluna are two of his most known typefaces from his font foundry. Some of the styles among his creations are free. For example, the regular Calluna which is a free download.

With fonts, the great thing is that there’s no poverty of choice. You can literally send your browser on a random chase and come up with loads of free fonts. The trick is in knowing which font to use. Design work calls for a tasteful eye”¦wording a document stresses on bulletproof fonts for readability across different computers.

I will leave that choice to you. Whatever your choice, you know you can go wild with your imagination and stand out from the crowd with cool free computer fonts.

Which is your favorite font?

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Nat Jay

Wow! Those are some amazing, creative fonts. Now, I create a lot of PDF reports with embedded fonts for online distribution and was wondering, what if the end-user’s computer does not have these fonts installed?

Will my PDF file still look the same, or will drab substitutes be used? Basically, is there a way to ensure the creative fonts I use are rendered the same on others’ systems as well, irrespective of whether or not they have them? Would appreciate some thoughts and suggestions on this. Thanks!

Aibek

Hey Saikat, I would like to know the answers to this as well. So what happens when I send a document using one of those fonts to someone who doesn’t have it installed? Something tells me that the PDF should look identical, but I am not sure about the other document formats.

Mikerotch

That’s the whole reason the Portable Document Format (PDF) was created. It will look the same on other people’s computers as it does on yours, fonts and all.

Bobo

I agree with you Mike..the pdf format others will view it like you do but as for the word documents and text file formats..they will revert back to the system font default settings…unless they’re embedded..anyone feel free to correct me if i’m wrong…thank you

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Nat Jay

Wow! Those are some amazing, creative fonts. Now, I create a lot of PDF reports with embedded fonts for online distribution and was wondering, what if the end-user’s computer does not have these fonts installed?

Will my PDF file still look the same, or will drab substitutes be used? Basically, is there a way to ensure the creative fonts I use are rendered the same on others’ systems as well, irrespective of whether or not they have them? Would appreciate some thoughts and suggestions on this. Thanks!

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Saikat Basu

Yes, PDF will look identical but you have to setup the embedding. I don’t think it happens by default. For docs created via Adobe, Adobe Distiller does it.

For a Word doc also, the solution is to embed fonts. As far as I know only true type fonts can be embedded (TTF). Please correct me if I am wrong. Fonts also have licensing restrictions just like image files. So if you buy a font make sure it allows you to use the font on multiple systems. Here’s the MS Support article on how to embed fonts in Office documents.Embedding fonts takes up space, so its better to embed only the characters used in the document. For that select the option called – Embed only the characters used in the document.For email, stick with the standard fonts. There’s no sense in increasing mail size needlessly.

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Saikat Basu

Yes, PDF will look identical but you have to setup the embedding. I don’t think it happens by default. For docs created via Adobe, Adobe Distiller does it.

For a Word doc also, the solution is to embed fonts. As far as I know only true type fonts can be embedded (TTF). Please correct me if I am wrong.

Fonts also have licensing restrictions just like image files. So if you buy a font make sure it allows you to use the font on multiple systems. Here’s the MS Support article on how to embed fonts in Office documents.

Embedding fonts takes up space, so its better to embed only the characters used in the document. For that select the option called – Embed only the characters used in the document.

For email, stick with the standard fonts. There’s no sense in increasing mail size needlessly.

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Toasty O’s

One site that I like is: http://fonts500.com/

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Toasty O’s

One site that I like is: http://fonts500.com/

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fruitgeek.wordpress.com

Thanks for this article. I will be putting up an article about 3 of the best free font sites on my blog (fruitgeek.wordpress.com) I already knew about 1001 free fonts and FontSpace, but I’d never heard of AceFonts or Acid Fonts. Thanks!

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fruitgeek.wordpress.com

Thanks for this article. I will be putting up an article about 3 of the best free font sites on my blog (fruitgeek.wordpress.com) I already knew about 1001 free fonts and FontSpace, but I’d never heard of AceFonts or Acid Fonts. Thanks!

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Bruno Casarini Grillo

You guys should check out http://www.fontsquirrel.com/.

Saikat Basu

Hi Bruno, thanks for the link. Looks like a cool site!

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Bruno Casarini Grillo

You guys should check out http://www.fontsquirrel.com/.

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Ritwick

Hi Saikat really liked the post. One request… Could you please give the names of the fonts that you have used as examples here? I’ll be searching through all the sites you have mentioned but it’ll be hard to find the exact fonts that you have used from the thousands present.

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Saikat Basu

Hi Ritwick,

I have mentioned the specific name of the fonts too. Like the first one is Chopin Script, the second one is ‘A trip to hell and back’…and so on.

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Saikat Basu

Hi Ritwick,

I have mentioned the specific name of the fonts too. Like the first one is Chopin Script, the second one is ‘A trip to hell and back’…and so on.

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Ariel

How about Helvetica? I adore it but . . .

Saikat Basu

But you are Ariel, aren’t you:)

BoBo

Helvetica is good but so many different weights…weights meaning bold…italics and so forth…museo fonts are good but they cost…and ministry and burgeus are some good fonts just to name a few good fonts….

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Bobo

I agree with you Mike..the pdf format others will view it like you do but as for the word documents and text file formats..they will revert back to the system font default settings…unless they’re embedded..anyone feel free to correct me if i’m wrong…thank you

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Hessammmmm

good good…tnx a lot

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Hockeygirl702

have an apple computer we have like a million(just kidding) fonts.

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yuregininsesi

Will my PDF file still look the same, or will drab substitutes be used? Basically, is there a way to ensure the creative fonts I use are rendered the same on others’ systems as well, irrespective of whether or not they have them? Would appreciate some thoughts and suggestions on this. Thanks

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