7 Sources for the Best Free Fonts Online

Before Searching For Free Fonts Online, You Should Know Your Font Types

There are 2 fonts extensions widely used: OTF and TTF.

TTF stands for TrueType Font, a relatively older font, while OTF stands for OpenType Font, which was based in part on the TrueType standard.

Where Can I Find Free Fonts Online?

1. FontSquirrel

On FontSquirrel is an authentic source for finding free fonts online.  You will find an endless collection of quality freeware that is licensed for commercial use. You can download both OTF and TTF formats from FontSquirrel. The platform also has paid ones that you can purchase. FontSquirrel also supports multiple languages!

fontsquirrel homepage

2. 1001 Free Fonts

It has a collection of over 10,000 free fonts online, you can either download them for free for your personal use, or choose to purchase a commercial license from their platform.

An amazing feature they have is font preview. You can type a few characters and all the font are previewed in those characters. You can also set the size and color of the preview text. This helps in better selection.

1001fonts homepage for fonts

3. FontShop

Personally, I am a big fan of their UI. It is very easy to look for options using their categories and sorting functions. Like every other platform, FontShop houses both paid and free fonts online.

Here are some tips on how to select the best font for your videos

Where Can I Get Premium Fonts From?

1. FontFont

fontfont premium fonts

You will find a high volume of quality typefaces that they have available for purchase. Everything is here, from clean sans-serifs to crazy display fonts.

2. FontSpring

fontspring paid fonts

On FontSpring you can purchase typefaces per-weight (as opposed to full-families only). This makes FontSpring a great choice for designers on a budget.

3. MyFonts

fonts from myfonts

On MyFonts, with every font, you will find relevant images where the font is used and looks good. This gives an amazing insight on where you can use them, i.e. whether a particular font would look good as a heading or as a paragraph.

4. Veer

veer fonts

Not a big fan of Veer because their site interface makes finding the font you’re after a little more difficult than it has to be. However, Veer has a beautiful collection of over 12,000 typefaces that start at $10.

Tips For Selecting The Best Font For Videos

Have you set the videos to play without music on your social feeds? I know I have. And so have the majority of users on social media. In fact, did you know that 85% of Facebook videos are played without sound?

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This has also left video makers in a confused state, like selecting the best font for videos, the size, style, and spacing from the many choices out there.

Which font should I be selecting for my videos?

The font you should be selecting has to be clean and legible while delivering its intended message to your viewers. The right font can lead to your viewers understanding your message, where the wrong choice can lead to them getting distracted away from the message.

When choosing a font for videos, pick one that represents the message of the video.

best font for videos

For example, the font above goes really well with promo videos or when you want to make video announcements. But this font cannot be used in a story video, or in a paragraph. Have a look at the following 2 images:

The font for video in this image distracts you from the message.

Here you can easily read and understand the message because the font is more legible.

Niki from Drexel mentions a very interesting note – she says that fonts that are a little difficult to read require more time from the viewer to go through. This means more time for the user to process the information being conveyed and thus a higher chance of recollection. Quite a paradox!

Using multiple fonts in the same video

If possible, you should be selecting the same font for all the text in your video. If you feel the need to differentiate between text, try using different weights of the same font such as thin and bold, or try using a different color.

Using different colors is the text equivalent of voice modulation. If you have a number in your text, it is best to show it in a different color and increase its size. Viewers tend to pay more attention to such text pieces and remember them longer.

What font size should I be using?

A small text size is difficult to read and becomes illegible when the video is displayed on a mobile device.

There are times when you may want your text to be the most dominant element in your video (as in the examples above), but most often the text should complement the image on screen, not overpower it.

One thing you must note is that the video frame is of a limited size. This why you must limit the text to as fewer words as possible. Too many words will force you to use a small font size and the message will get lost.

Here is a list of must-know terms related to typography!

Is font spacing important?

YES, ABSOLUTELY!  If you have text with very close glyphs or lines, the viewer won’t be able to easily distinguish between words, and the text will become illegible.

On the other hand, if the spacing is too drawn out, the text won’t flow for the reader. This makes it harder to associate individual words together.

Here is a nice read which depicts how color and font work together to make your video stand out from the rest!

How can I get multiple fonts for videos and spacing options in a video making tool?

You can sign up for Rocketium. The platform gives you over 100 fonts to select from, and in different languages. You can also request for new fonts or upload your own!

Choosing the right font for videos might be tricky, but Rocketium also takes into consideration the font size and spacing, smartly adapting to the orientation you choose – landscape, portrait or square.

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