There are some great typefaces that designers have created. I suppose to a certain extent ‘great’ is subjective, it would depend on what purpose you’re needing the font to serve. An ad for real estate, plastic doorknobs, or the ever latest version of i-something. (I’ve included a list of links to some great sites for typeface downloads at the end of this post)
Some type comes with a hefty price tag. A well done font is no easy task either. I studied hand calligraphy (not just the swirly swooshy stuff- creating a font by hand) years ago in Chicago. Difference now is that a majority of that work is done on a computer. Still time consuming, and involving a lot of tweaking. It is an art form!
Not having deep pockets, and not working for a large agency my budget for type is unfortunately pretty much nil. So, given the circumstances I am VERY thankful for creatives who offer fonts for free (commercial use included!).
So why write about this? I wanted to look into how does a person create a font that could be used in Photoshop- I thought this would be great to create my own hand lettering (for my graphic novel), so my story would keep a consistent look and feel. I don’t want there to be a rough contrast between the illustration style and font used for lettering, and consistency in lettering is important. A lot of online tutorials that I found started off fairly calmly, then moved to having to purchase additional software to create the typeface. Circle complete in my frustration: if I had the funds to purchase the software, I would purchase a well done typeface instead of trying to make my own. Like I said earlier, creating a good font is a art form!
Enlighten yourself with the links below, I hope they prove to be helpful and educational for you as well.Links to sites with free fonts (remember to check if commercial use is ok!): Fontspace FontShop UrbanFonts FreeFonts Tutorials on creating your own font: SpeckyBoy- Beginners guide to making your own fonts Wired How To Wiki- Create your own font I Love Typography- How to make fonts in Photoshop