Have you ever felt unsatisfied with the default set of fonts that you have on your computer? You have an idea how to design this or that on your website, and you scroll through the default list of fonts, but no font fits with your site design. In this short tutorial, I show you how to install new fonts: Windows 7/Vista/8. And how can you create cool looking images using those new fonts.
1. Using Fonts
An excellent news is that there are tons and tons of free fonts available on the internet, and it is easy to install them on your computer. But if you search for fonts, I suggest you use True Type Fonts (TTF) as they are the most common fonts on both PC and Mac.
Note! When installing new fonts on your computer, you have to be careful where to use them. You may have all these fancy fonts on your computer, but most people around the world still have only default fonts. If you use your particular downloaded font for a paragraph style or headings of your blog or website, you quickly run into problems!
You have this font on your computer, but other people don’t. You design your site using this particular font, spend time and energy and the final solution may look exceptional. But other people won’t see it! Their computers miss your fancy font, and some standard default font replaces it. So your website may look cool for you but weird for others. That is why you should avoid using those fonts in your paragraph style and headings.
2. Where Can You Use those Cool Fonts?
You can still benefit from those new fonts that you have found on the internet. The best place to use them is images. In the pictures, the text is converted int image pixels, and there is no need for the font file.
So instead of using only stock images from the internet you can design your images, and this way give your blog a cooler and more personal look.
3. The Secret of Handwriting.
Did you know that handwriting draws peoples’ attention even more than photos and images? It is true, and this is why you find more and more handwritten texts and arrows in blogs, websites, and magazines. Learning this fact, I thought to draw my images using ball pen and paper. Here is an example:
PROBLEM #1. I was not totally satisfied with my handwriting. When I was in school, I did some work with my handwriting, but I was not particularly excited towards improving it. Now I have to live with what I have, lol.
PROBLEM #2. The bigger problem is that I could not get a satisfactory quality of those images when making them digital. I did not have professional equipment to do that and as a result, they didn’t look quite professional either. They rather look like an amateurish work.
As I want to give a more professional look to my blog, I decided to design my images right on a computer. To do that, I needed some good fonts.
4. Install Fonts: Windows 7/ Vista / 8.
You can search for free True Type Fonts (TTF, with .ttf file extension) or go right to Fontsquirrel website. Here you can scroll through the fonts or by using tags find and download whatever fonts you like. They come in .zip files so after downloading them you have to unzip its folder. Let’s say you like a font “Daniel.” It’s a nice font imitating casual handwriting, and you want to install it on your computer.
After downloading and unzipping the folder there are four files in it:
You only need the files with the .ttf extension because these are the font files. In this case, the first file refers to a regular font style and the second file to bold style.
Keep this folder open as we need to copy-paste these two files into a different location
4.1. Open a Font Folder Windows 7/Vista/8
That is the place where you can manage your fonts. You can install new fonts and delete those that you don’t need.
Now using Ctrl-C (copy) and Ctrl-V (paste) or copy/paste functions of your mouse, copy and paste these two .ttf font files from the folder (that you left open) into this window here. The copy-paste operation installs the font into your computer.
4.2. Check Whether It Works.
Let’s check if MS Word has a new font Daniel on its list. Open MS Word and check the drop down the list of fonts. If it is there, you can use it.
Let’s also check if it is in the list of fonts of the MS Paint:
So if you see and can use the font in the applications, then it’s done.
The same way you can install other TTF fonts that you want and find useful.
5. Design Your Images.
When you have installed the fonts, open your favorite image editing software (Microsoft Paint, Gimp, Paint.net are some good FREE options). Photoshop is probably the best one, but it is not free. Gimp is an excellent alternative to the Photoshop but it is quite slow to open.
As for me, I clearly prefer Paint.net as it is light and fast.
Now you can use screenshots or download some free image backgrounds from the internet (like the imitation of a notebook page or Post-It) and design your cool and personal images.
After you save the image, all the text on it is converted into pixels, and everybody sees the image the same way. The image is not connected to a font file anymore, and you can safely use it on your website.
So what other ways do you use to design your images? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below.