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Fontea brings you one-touch access to over 800 web fonts from Google to use within Photoshop — yes, the entire extensive foundry of open source Google Fonts that you can use in any creative project. Click the “Try Me” link on Fontea’s home page and see the web fonts in action.
Source usually makes commercial plug-ins for designers. In this case, the team has shredded the price tag and released a no-strings-attached tool that works from a native panel in Photoshop. Let’s try out the almost 50 MB install and see the typographical choices it offers.
One-Click Access to Google Fonts in Photoshop
Every graphics project needs the perfect font, and Google Fonts is where you should go if you don’t want to pay. Adobe has its own library called Adobe Typekit, but it’s a paid service that’s part of the Creative Cloud.
There are pros and cons to both, but with Fontea, you can grab the best of both worlds. It is also available for both Windows and Mac versions of Adobe Photoshop.
Once installed, it appears as a native panel as you can see in the screen below. You can preview the different fonts. Search for specific fonts by name or browse through the categories like Sans-Serif, Handwriting, etc. Like a specific font? Favorite it with a click on the star. You can even create your own collection of fonts.
The advantages of Fontea are manifold. You don’t need to download many fonts just to test and discard them. With Fontea, rapidly go through the list, compare on every layer with the live preview, and then select to finalize your project.
As the fonts are open source, you don’t need to bother with usage rights. New fonts added to the Google Fonts library can be automatically accessed from Fontea, so don’t worry about missing out on the latest fonts added to the stock by Google.
More Free Font Choices for You
Adobe also provides you with Adobe Edge Fonts. It is also a free service that the company developed with Google and other designers around the world. Think of it as the free version of Typekit. The best fonts can become common very fast, so it helps if you can cast a wider net for quality foundries.
Adobe Typekit has better quality fonts than Google Web Fonts. But if you find a good one in the latter, then Fontea is the perfect tool to fish it out. And you won’t hear complaints about the sticker price either!
Do you find Google Fonts useful? Which is your favorite Google Web Font?