1. FONT LICENCES

Standard or desktop licence
The most common license that covers most commercial font usage. You can create graphical designs (logos, signs, etc.) and products (mugs, t-shirts, hats, etc.) for yourself, or your client(s). Products may be sold for profit as long as the letters are not the main selling point of your product (like a house number or stamp set). This license is limited by “users,” usually the total number of people using the font. Embedding fonts is not allowed with this license with a few exceptions (such as a PDF reports). This license is available on Creative Market and on Fontspring and is perpetual, which means you pay once and use it forever.

Branding: You may brand your business with this font. If your business becomes very successful, you will not need to pay any additional fees. If you are a branding company, you may create brands for your clients as well. However, if your client would like to the font to use on their computers, they must purchase their own license.

Greeting Cards: You may use the font to create greeting cards. They may be for you, your business, to be sold for profit, and/or to be intended for resale by your customers. However, you cannot use the font in a system that allows your customers to create and customize their own greeting cards. An additional license may be available for this use.
Logos: You can create logos for yourself or your clients.
Movie Captions: You may use the font to create captions for your movie creations, but you cannot embed the font in movie software you sell or in the movie itself… In other words, make sure that the recipient of your product cannot extract the font file. If you need to embed the font, an additional license may be available.
Movie Credits: You may use the font to create movie credits for your movie creations, but you cannot embed the font in movie software you sell or in the movie itself… In other words, make sure that the recipient of your product cannot extract the font file. If you need to embed the font, an additional license may be available.
Movie Titles: You may use the font to create titles for your movie creations, but you cannot embed the font in movie software you sell or in the movie itself… In other words, make sure that the recipient of your product cannot extract the font file. If you need to embed the font, an additional license may be available.
PDFs: You may create read-only, non-editable PDF files. Extended PDF embedding is available with an ebook license.
Signs: You may use the font to create signs. They may be for you, your business, to be sold for profit, and/or to be intended for resale by your customers. However, you cannot use the font in a system that allows your customers to create and customize their own signs. An additional license may be available for this use.

T-shirts: You may use the font to create t-shirts. They may be for you, your business, to be sold for profit, and/or to be intended for resale by your customers. However, you cannot use the font in a system that allows your customers to create and customize their own t-shirts. An additional license may be available for this use.

 

The following licences are available only on Fontspring

Web font licence
A web font license allows you to embed font files into your CSS code. When a user accesses your website, their web browser will automatically download your embedded fonts temporarily for them to use. Fontspring provides you with instructions and special files that are tuned specifically for the web. Web font licenses are limited by monthly “pageviews”, which is a unit used to measure traffic to your web pages. Pageview limits can be adjusted in your shopping cart if needed. The total pageviews per month of all your websites must be less than the pageview limit you purchased. Limits can be upgraded later.

The license is perpetual, which means you pay once and use it forever. Fontspring does not require you to install any pageview tracking scripts.

 

Ebook licence
An ebook license allows you to embed the font files in your ebook code allowing you to use beautiful typography in your ebooks with only a small cost in file sizes. Ebook licenses are limited by “ebook titles”, but one license covers unlimited platforms, sales and upgrades. The license is perpetual, which means you pay once and use it forever.

 

Application licence
An application license allows you to embed the font files in your application code. This minimizes the need for images and allows your app to have more versatility and speed. Application licenses are limited by “Monthly Active Users” but one license covers unlimited apps, platforms, sales and upgrades. The license is perpetual, which means you pay once and use it forever.

 

You may also find a variety of custom licences such as Analog Distribution, Product Creation, Widget / Ad, OEM Embedding and Website Template, here

2. HOW TO INSTALL FONTS ON YOUR COMPUTER (MAC / PC)

Before installing your new font, you must unzip the file. Next, you can install the font in your system by following these steps:

On a PC: Right click on the OTF or TTF file, then click “Install.”

On a Mac: Double click on the OTF or TTF file, then click “Install Font.” Alternately, you can manually install fonts to bypass Fontbook: Copy (CMD + C) the file(s) either OTF or TTF format, then Paste (CMD + V) the files into this folder: HD > Library > Fonts

Important: Restart the program where you intend to use the font, and the fonts will show up in your font list when you open the program again.

3. HOW TO INSTALL FONTS ON IOS (IPHONE / IPAD)

Generally it’s  recommend using fonts on your Desktop or Laptop computer because fonts cannot be directly installed on a mobile device without the help of a third party app. Please be aware that your mobile device may not fully support all features of OpenType fonts. Finally, as many of our fonts are delivered in .zip files, you may also need a third-party app to unzip files on your mobile device.

4. FIXING INSTALL ERRORS

First, make sure you have unzipped the product before installing. You won’t be able to install a .zip file. Please also note that you need to install the font before using it! You cannot open the font file in a program like Microsoft Word; you need to install it into your computer/device first.

Occasionally, fonts may generate an error when you install it in Fontbook on a Mac. Fontbook actually has a built-in validation tool that it runs when you install a font, and sometimes it can be picky. Small issues with the font’s validation or metrics may cause this. Sometimes an error may be generated simply because the font is already installed in your system! Other times, heavily distressed fonts in particular may generate the error due to the fact that they are memory-intensive to use and might bog down your system.

It does NOT mean that the font contains malware or anything that will harm your system. Typically fonts are safe to install without any corrections of the error, and you will probably never notice any issues when you use the font. Here’s what you can do:

Install the font manually: Copy either the OTF or TTF file to your HD > Library > Fonts folder

Install the font anyway, using Fontbook: Click “Install Checked”

5. SOFTWARE TO USE WITH OPENTYPE FONTS

Fonts can be used in most desktop applications that allow you to create and edit text. However, not all programs support all OpenType Features. This means that even though most programs will allow you to use the font’s basic character set, not all programs will support the special features (such as alternates, ligatures, or swashes) automatically.

Below is a simple chart showing common applications and a general level of their OpenType support. I recommend that you use an OpenType application to get the most out of your OpenType fonts.

 

Best OpenType Support

Adobe InDesign

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Photoshop CC2015+

Corel Draw

Affinity Designer

Affinity Photo

Sketch 3

Quark XPress 7+

 

Some OpenType Support

Adobe Photoshop CC2014 and below

 

Little/No OpenType Support

Adobe Photoshop Elements

Microsoft Office applications

Paintshop Pro

Pixelmator

6. HOW TO USE FONTS IN MOST COMMON OPEN TYPE APPS

Adobe Illustrator: You can find a video that demonstrates how to access all special characters, here (Adalberta font is used for demonstration)

Adobe Photoshop: You can access OpenType features from the “Character” panel (Window -> Character) choosing “OpenType” from the upper right menu button. To set kerning in the same panel, choose “Metrics”.

InDesign

After creating and selecting your text, open your Character panel (Window > Type & Tables > Character) and click the small menu button in the top right corner (boxed in red.)

Next, you’ll see some type options, including OpenType. Notice that Ligature is already checked. This is an InDesign default that automatically uses standard ligatures programmed into the font. Click “OpenType”. You’ll see more OpenType options from which you can choose. Notice that “Contextual Alternates” is also checked; this is another InDesign default.

7. HOW TO USE PUA UNICODE-MAPPED FONTS

Some OpenType fonts have a lot of extra features, such as alternates, ligatures, and swashes. Unfortunately, not all software (such as Microsoft Word, Silhouette Studio, the Cricut design space, or Photoshop Elements) can fully support these features. However, this is where PUA Unicode-mapped fonts provide the solution! This special encoding allows you to access these special characters without having software that fully supports the font’s OpenType features.

8. HOW DO I USE UNICODE-MAPPED FONTS IN MY SOFTWARE?

Use the following methods of copying / pasting characters to access special features. Please note that for non-unicode-mapped fonts, the copy/paste results may not work.

 

Windows

Open the Windows Character Map App.

Set the Font to the desired one in the list.

At the bottom, check [ ] Advanced View

Set “Group by:” to Unicode Subrange

At the bottom of the list, select “Private Use Characters”

Alternately, use the premium app PopChar.

Mac

Open the FontBook app.

To copy characters, go to Preview / View > Repertoire.

Select and copy (CMD + C) the desired character.

You can then paste (CMD + V) the character(s) into the text field of your open program (such as Microsoft Word.)

Alternately, use either of the premium apps PopChar or Ultra Character Map

9. MY FONTS ARE GETTING “CUT OFF” IN WORD!

Some script fonts with sweeping ascenders / descenders may look “cut off” when you use them in Microsoft Word. Here are a few ways to work around this issue. First, with text selected, go to Format > Paragraph. In the Indents / Spacing tab, under Spacing -> Line Spacing. (“Single” is shown in the display)

Next, try some of these options :

Option 1: Select “At Least.” For “At,” enter the size that corresponds to the size of your font.

Option 2: Select “1.5 lines.” This may be more effective for script fonts with large descenders or swashes.

Option 3: Enter a value in the “After” field that’s 1-4 pt or more (for 72 pt+ font) or 2-3 pt (for a 48pt font.)

Option 4: Select “Multiple.” For “At,” enter a very small value like 1.1 or 1.05, experimenting as necessary.

Hopefully this will help you work around issues with ascenders and descenders looking cut off. You can read more about this  on Microsoft

If none of the above fixed the problem please feel free to contact me.

10. LETTER SPACING ISSUES IN WORD

If your font’s kerning looks incorrect (i.e. the letters aren’t properly spaced, or they look abnormally squished together) try this tip to fix it:

Just go to Format > Font > Advanced > and then check “Kerning for Fonts” __ points and above (you can choose any number you want.)

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