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I briefly mentioned in an article about design licenses that you will need to be sure to use commercial use fonts in all designs that you are selling. But, where can you find commercial use fonts?
Here are my favorite resources:
(Christine’s Pick!) Creative Market – Creative Market is an online marketplace where you can buy digital design goods to use in your personal or commercial projects. This includes fonts, and so much more. I highly recommend joining Creative Market, they send out freebies every Monday via email.
Mighty Deals – Mighty Deals is a time limited deal site for designers. Items like fonts go on sale for a limited amount of time at a deeply discounted price. Mighty Deals is the place to go if you are looking to buy the popular Samantha font for only $17 instead of $75! Once you get to the site, type “Samantha” in the search box. If it isn’t on sale when you type it in, return to the site the following week and try again.
Creativa Fabrica – This newer site is a subscription service for font lovers. If you are newer to crafting with your Silhouette Cameo or Cricut, this might be a great option for you. For seasoned users, you are likely to have many of the fonts available. Learn more about Creative Fabrica in this post.
Font Squirrel – Font Squirrel is a font site that only lists commercial use fonts. Be careful with this site, as I’ve seen fonts that aren’t free for commercial use listed. Be sure to read the license included with the font for verification, but careful font seekers can find lots of freebies!
Dafont – Dafont is a popular font listing site, which contains fonts with various licenses. Here’s a quick trick to finding free, commercial use fonts: 1) Go to dafont.com, 2) Choose a category from the top menu. 3) Choose the dropdown menu “more options” 4) Check “Public domain” and “100% Free”, then click “Submit”.
A few quick notes:
User beware: Even if a font is listed as free for commercial use, it is in your best interest to verify the license terms when you download the font. The license information is generally located in the font download folder.
Advanced software: If you mainly design in Silhouette Studio, you’ll need to be cautious of fonts that are meant for use in advanced programs like Adobe Illustrator. Some fonts have fancy extras (like swashes, flourishes, alternate characters, or ligatures) that will not be accessible within Silhouette Studio. You’ll want to find fonts that are character mapped (PUA encoded), which means that users can access the extras using a character map on your computer and copy and paste them into Silhouette Studio. If the listing doesn’t specify whether or not you can access the extras through a character map, don’t hesitate to ask the seller. Learn more about fonts and how to use advanced features in these posts on Cutting for Business.
Timesaving: I’m a font junkie and have a few thousand fonts installed on my computer. Rather than scroll through each font each time I go to use one, I like to use Nexus Font Viewer (Windows) or Font Book (Mac). Both of these allow you to type a word or phrase and it will show you what the word or phrase looks like in all the fonts you have installed on your computer. If you’d rather not download a font viewer to your computer, check out wordmark.it which is an online font viewer. You type in your word in the box and click “Load Fonts”. The word is shown in all the fonts you have installed on your computer.
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Since 2015, Christine Schinagl has been helping crafters start and run craft businesses through her blog, Cutting for Business. As a Silhouette and Cricut crafter herself, she has a unique take on what works and what doesn’t work in the craft business world. She also teaches a course on creating digital SVG designs, available at How to Design SVGs.