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    Fonts

    I have Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop Elements 10. Sometimes I don't find the exact font that I want to use for posters, christmas cards, etc.

    I wonder if this might be worthwhile adding to my editing programs. It seems fairly inexpensive as software goes.

    http://www.officedepot.com/a/product...Books-_-728563

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    Re: Fonts

    I think you might find this full of poor quality fonts. I have never used this particular company. Try Googleing free fonts to see what you come up with. I imagine that they will be of similar quality.
    There are several companies who sell fonts and have various options to buy or use. Fonts for web use are well served by the likes of Google and are free but can't be downloaded.

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    Re: Fonts

    If you want quality fonts then buy a boxed copy of Corel Draw, not only do you get one of the best, most powerful and easy to use drawing programmes, a good photo editor and one of the best screen grabbers about, you also get about 1400 real fonts from established type foundrys, that alone would cost 1000 to buy otherwise. Corel sell a student edition for about 120 without to much bother (when I complained about the cost of the programme the nice man in Spain I spoke to suggested I buy the Student Edition).
    The fonts supplied are now all Open Type fonts.

    Incidently some of the art filters in Corel Paint are excellent and for some tasks the programme works better than CS6.

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    Re: Fonts

    Hi, Richard;

    Being a big fan of fonts in general, I am somewhat familiar with the type of product you are considering. This is in all probability a collection of typefaces developed by freelance artists and marketed as freeware / shareware before being bought up by small type foundries, who were in turn absorbed by larger conglomerates and on until everything ended up with whomever is providing this package of fonts.

    So: don't expect much in the way of consistency across their offerings; and don't expect the type faces they have that you also like to have complete offerings of italic, bold, and other variations available.

    Here is an example of the type of orphan fonts you can expect to find on such CDs:

    Fonts

    If you are just looking to pick up a few quality fonts that are specific to your needs, you might enjoy having a browse through the My Fonts website:

    http://www.myfonts.com/

    They have a wide range of really nice material; and, they have in the past offered their own "collection" CDs.

    Personally, I am a big fan of Sumner Stone's type designs, and use his fonts for most of the printed material I produce:

    http://www.stonetypefoundry.com/
    Last edited by John Morton; 26th December 2012 at 01:24 AM.

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    Re: Fonts

    Something else to consider (perhaps less so for the Anglophones here...):
    a lot of those cheap fonts are limited to the ASCII character set, so no accented characters and such.
    That makes them unusable for languages like French, Spanish, German, Dutch, ...

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