Where do you get your fonts?

tigon

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Other than the ones normally included in your OS installs. I just usually google "*-themed font" or "font like Jokerman" and usually I find something close to what I'm looking for for free.

I'm looking to have a small library of fonts on hand ready to go whenever I want though. In probable order of legality, are there any good membership sites where you can download as many fonts as you want DRM-free, CDs with 1001 fonts that you can get for like $.99 at Staples, "free font" websites, FTP servers or other bookmarks that would be a good start point?
 

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There are a few free font sites out there. I got the font for the PCF logo from one of them.
 

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Google Webfonts is a good place to start. You can download them for free, and also embed them on web pages.

If you find a typeface you like there that’s not quite perfect, if you do a search on Google for “fonts similar to [thatfontname]” it will lead you to a million other places.

That said, it’s generally a good idea to get your type from reputable places. There’s a lot of corrupted font files out there.
 

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Google Webfonts is a good place to start. You can download them for free, and also embed them on web pages.

I second the recommendation of Google fonts. I used a program called SkyFonts (no affiliation), which made trying out new fonts pretty easy.

Almost all of the fonts in my labelling project were from Google: https://www.pokerchipforum.com/threads/monroe-st-card-room-first-design.46711/

EDIT: My quick & dirty blinds timer (demo site at: http://poker.x10.bz/ ) also leverages google fonts.
 
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If you want really interesting and creative fonts and don’t mind paying a few bucks go to CreativeMarket.com. I use design elements from there for my business as well as now for chip designs. Great stuff.
 
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Dafont.com

I have found some things at Dafont I could use. There are some great faces there; but overall the quality control is lower than some other sites, certainly than many commercial ones. Lots of display type (meant only for headlines or signs), lots of single-weight fonts or ones lacking true italics, small caps, etc. Gotta be choosy there.
 

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@Taghkanic you are totally right. There is plenty of great stuff there. You just sometimes need to dig a little bit harder.

For some projects where I really want a design driven by the creativity of the font I like using CreativeMarket because it’s a great connection to some great freelance designers. Today I just finished the design for my new tournament set and I found two fonts and a design element that all worked well together and just combined them for what I think is a pretty cool design. But yeah... I will admit I had been searching and trying Dafont fonts as well!

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Be careful with free fonts. Yes, they work in a pinch. But seldom are done correctly. On top of which, believe it or not, require quite a bit of work. If you shop around it’s possible to buy the font at a fair price. I get free but someone worked and spent time making them. Reward them by purchasing a proper version.
 
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