Sometimes when I get an idea for a print design I can almost see a vision of the final product burning in my mind. Sometimes it’s a vague idea and other times I can see it down to the exact font and color to use. I’d be lying if I said this happened the majority of the time and often the first thing I do when I sit down to begin is decide on the font(s) I want to use. In those instances I find myself with the following 3 options:
Go through each font one by one and determine which one(s) I like.
This is the most time consuming method. Not only does it bog your computer program (Photoshop or otherwise) down but it can quickly become confusing if you’ve got a mixture of say standard and commercially licensed fonts. (Like I do.) Though it’s an available option for anyone out there, it’s generally not the best either.
Use a program such as Nexus Font.
Nexus Font is a free, downloadable program that you can use to preview all fonts at once by category. I like Nexus Font about 85% of the time. I like that I’m able to categorize by lists of my choosing so that I only see fonts that might actually suit me at one time. I use it to separate my commercial fonts from any freebies I’ve gathered for my own personal use. You can go as far as separating font like tall and thin, slab, handwritten, script, etc.
When you’re ready to use it you simply choose the list you’d like to see samples from and input your own text in the little box at the top of the screen. It will then show that text in the fonts you’ve chosen below.
For those of you wondering why I stated I prefer this method 85% of the time, it’s because as you scroll through the font previews it has a tendency to bog down or even end up with a ‘not responding’ error. In fact, I had to restart my computer to get it to open so I could grab that screenshot for you. But when it works, it’s great, especially if you’re into separating your fonts more specifically than I do.
Use an online resource such as wordmark.it .
Like NexusFont, Wordmark allows you to view all the fonts on your computer at once, in a given phrase or text. The difference here is that it’s a free online resource that doesn’t require any downloading.
Type your phrase in the box and select “load fonts”. You then have the options of changing your font size or simply going ‘bigger/smaller’. You can choose possible candidates and take it a step further by clicking ‘filter selected’ (far right in the little black box) and you’ll be able to directly compare the same text in different fonts.
And there you have it! While I can’t guarantee that it will make choosing the specific font you’re looking for any easier (especially if you have a rather large collection) but these helpful tips can at least help the process to be faster. Happy creating!