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lamerlizer
Jan 27, 2007, 11:23 PM
hi i'm trying to get some new fonts into adobe photoshop but i have no clue how to, can anyone help me and tell me how to do it? and oh btw, any good websites to download fonts? any help appreciated, thanks! :)



vectormasked
Jan 28, 2007, 03:50 AM
Well first of all the fonts don't load into particular programs. (it can be done (kinda) but only with some font activation prorams)

What I would recommend you to do is to create a folder on your desktop for only fonts. There you can keep all the fonts you download or add to your system.
Once you do this, try to download a font activation program such as Extensis Suitcase (not free), Linotype http://www.linotype.com/2631/freedownload.html (free and very very decent) or Adobe ATM. You can also use FontBook that's included in your system but it's crap.
Now within this programs you will have to create folders for your new fonts (the once you will keep on your folder on the desktop) and whenever you wanna use these fonts, you are gonna have to activate them using these programs I just named.

This way not only will you keep all your fonts in order but you will not affect your computer's speed. Fonts are known for slowing down computers, and this is why this kind of programs are useful because if you don't intend to use some fonts, you can have them deactivated instead of being activated all the time and taking useful resources from your system.

btw, I am a designer, and have around 20,000 typefaces at work and home, so you can trust my advise ;)

For good, professional and quality typefaces there is nothing out there that is free.
For average crap there's sites like http://www.dafont.com or just google "free fonts" and you'll find some more average stuff.

And oh yeah, every time you activate more typefaces (fonts) try closing and reopening the "Characters" or "text" palettes on the program you will use them.

Blue Velvet
Jan 28, 2007, 04:03 AM
Adobe ATM.

...is dead, long gone... RIP.
http://www.adobe.com/products/atm/


...so you can trust my advise ;)

;)



Besides, most designers I know would use only a dozen or so families for most of their work. Over 20 year's experience and I only use 2 or 3 families every day at the mo. Corporate style guidelines, you see. The quantity of faces available to you is not a measure of your design ability or experience.

You can have all the fonts in the world, but if you letterspace lower-case letters, stealing sheep is sure to follow, to paraphrase Robert Goudy.

:)

bozigle
Jan 28, 2007, 08:00 AM
You can also use FontBook that's included in your system but it's crap.

Can you developpe and explain your point of view?

bozigle

vectormasked
Jan 28, 2007, 11:05 PM
Besides, most designers I know would use only a dozen or so families for most of their work. Over 20 year's experience and I only use 2 or 3 families every day at the mo. Corporate style guidelines, you see. The quantity of faces available to you is not a measure of your design ability or experience.

You can have all the fonts in the world, but if you letterspace lower-case letters, stealing sheep is sure to follow, to paraphrase Robert Goudy.

:)

Yeah I know. I tend to use mostly some of my fav typefaces all the time like Helvetica Neue, Din, Trade Gothic and few others from FontShop and Emigre. Don't know where you get all that stuff about design ability, etc...I was just trying to help the dude. and excuse me if I can't speak English well, it's my 3rd language after all.

I just mentioned that I had that amount of fonts coz that's what the agency I work at has. It was a way to let him know that he shouldn't worry about anything with these programs.

shecky
Jan 28, 2007, 11:38 PM
You can have all the fonts in the world, but if you letterspace lower-case letters, stealing sheep is sure to follow, to paraphrase Robert Goudy.)

actually, its Frederick Goudy. but i digress.

and BV is 193% correct. having fonts does not mean you know how to use them. its not the size of your font library, its how you use it. so to speak.

Don't know where you get all that stuff about design ability, etc...

probably from here:

btw, I am a designer, and have around 20,000 typefaces at work and home, so you can trust my advise


and to answer the original poster's question, if you are a student of any kind, check with your school's publications office/department/person/whatever. schools get insanely great deals on font packages, and their license may allow them to give them to you.

lamerlizer
Jan 29, 2007, 02:38 AM
ah i see i see... man.. no free fonts :o

oh well, i guess i shall just stick to free fonts first, my design course isn't gonna start till may! :eek:

and thanks for giving me the right site to get the fonts! :)

TheFuzz
Jan 29, 2007, 10:27 AM
where did he/she equate the size of his font collection to his/her ability as a designer? wtf? if i was asking for help organizing a font collection, i think it'd be nice to hear from someone who's organized one of that size as opposed to two masters who only use two typefaces. i do think vectormasked was only trying to help the op and in fact offered some very good suggestions.

lamerlizer, the app from linotype is very good, and there are some decent free fonts out there.

to get you started:
http://www.alvit.de/blog/article/20-best-license-free-official-fonts
http://omkrets.se/typografi/: miso is very nice.

vectormasked
Jan 29, 2007, 11:51 AM
lamerlizer,

This guy has some decent free fonts on his site, but they are kinda grungy. http://www.misprintedtype.com/v3/
Check also http://simplythebest.net/ which has the usual free fonts and the old http://www.superlooper.de/ for some free pixel fonts.
Not too long ago I found a site that had links to the best 25 free fonts. They were actually pretty good. Try searching it on google using keywords like "best" "25" (lol, TheFuzz just gave you this link)


As to the program that you will use to organize and activate fonts, I think I would have to recommend you Linotype's Font Explorer X. Extensis Suitcase is an awesome app but It is kinda slow and I was using it at home and work on PowerPC and Intel C2D until last week. This is why I switched to Linotype.

apfhex
Jan 29, 2007, 03:25 PM
FontExplorer X is definitely the best font manager for OS X if you have lots of fonts. If you only have some, then Apple's own Font Book is OK.

If you're using FontExplorer or something similar, there are plenty of ways to organize your "library" of fonts, but the gist of it is that you can pretty much keep them anywhere you like and leave it to the program to activate them.

Otherwise, in Mac OS X, fonts can go in /Library/Fonts or /Home/Library/Fonts. The Adobe Creative Suit also has it's own font folder, if you put fonts in it they will only work in Adobe programs. I believe it's /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Fonts.

lamerlizer
Jan 29, 2007, 07:38 PM
woo! thats alot of nice fonts! i got a question, this is out of the point but, what do i need to take note if i want to make a poster advertising a shop and a voucher?