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Three Simple Steps to Add New Fonts to Your Designs

Wes Atkinson December 5, 2016

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If you’ve ever designed a flyer, a bulletin, or some other printed material for your church – you may have found yourself scrolling through all of the fonts you have, trying to find that “perfect” one. After browsing through them for the tenth time, you finally settle on one which sort of matches the design you’re looking for.

If you’ve ever shouted, “I wish I had more fonts!”, it’s okay, we’ve all been there. Here are three simple steps to download more fonts on your computer to really take your church designs to the next level.

  1. Search the web for “downloadable fonts”

Use Google™, Bing®, Yahoo!®, or any other search engine to find the many sites where you can purchase fonts or download them for free (1001 Fonts, Creative Market, and Font Squirrel are a few you may want to try).

The great thing is most of these sites let you type in a word or phrase into a text box so you can preview the font, allowing you to take a quick glance before downloading.

Font Squirrel and other websites can also help you match the font you’re hoping to use by uploading a picture of the font.

  1. Download the font to your computer

Once you’ve found the font you want to use, download it to your computer. The font will probably open in a .ZIP file and will be saved to the download folder on your computer.

If you’re a Mac user, all you have to do is double-click the .ZIP file and the files will open in a new folder. For Windows 10 users, the process is slightly different. You’ll have to right-click the .ZIP file and select Extract All to extract the files. But, you’ll also have to save the files to your computer — your desktop may be an easy place to find your font folder, but you can save it wherever you like.

  1. Install the font to your font library

For Mac users, open the folder containing the font files and double-click the font file with the True Type Font (.ttf) extension. This will open a window, and once you select Install Font, it will enter it into your font library.

For Windows 10 users, open the folder containing the font files and right-click the font file with the .ttf extension. Then, select Install and you’re done!

Any new fonts you’ve installed are now available to use in your designs for the church. If your design program was open while you installed new fonts, you may have to restart the program before it appears in your font list. Downloading fonts may take a few times to get used to, especially if you’ve never done it before. But, once you get the hang of it, you’ll see that your font and design options are almost limitless.

So, get creative and have fun with your designs!

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