An extra font, or fonts, is something that a lot of people don’t take advantage of on their computer. – That goes for many artists too.
‘See the computer is usually supplied with the operating system installed, and the operating system has its own set of default fonts – and those fonts are often the only fonts anyone wants. Many people stick to using one single font and/or the default font of the time, depending upon which program they’re using.
…But fonts are great, fonts are fun: particularly when you’re designing a banner or poster with text in it, even computer-designed album covers can benefit from having extra fonts installed on your system.
So where do you get these extra fonts?
There are actually quite a few places that you can get them, or sets of them, online, and many times you can get them for free… But they are usually few in number for each download, and a lot of them – particularly the free downloads – come with malware attached in some way: either an installer which installs the fonts + a Trojan downloader or port-opener or something equally as nasty or more so.
You can pay for your download at some sites; which reduces the chance of downloading malware with the fonts considerably. – But again the download probably only consists of a few fonts.
Then there is Google. – Google have fonts, many of them, but the way they’ve structured their fonts site means that you’d have to download one font, individually, over x thousand times, to get them all. You’d still be there next year!
“I’m pretty much stuffed then?”
Yes; but only in a manner of speaking: I’m an artist, and I use fonts, so I harvested many fonts – including all of the Google fonts, and compiled them into a file. The good thing is that my file contains no malware; just fonts.
I got all the fonts I want and compiled in a file.
Being an outwardly-going and self-motivated sort of person; I thought to myself ‘I bet other people would like to be able to access these fonts too.’ The thing is something with the Google fonts: They must have made them only downloadable one at a time for a reason. – Probably something to do with being able to display an advert to you every time you download a different font… So I included a folder giving you all the Google fonts, downloadable individually, in addition to having them as part of a huge downloadable file – zipped – which you just download, find the file with the compiled fonts in it, right click, and install on your computer.
Yes that’s right – fonts glorious fonts – in a single folder
The file size is 666MB. – No, it has nothing to do with Christian mythology; that number is purely coincidental. Download it to your computer and scan it – just to make sure that nobody has interfered with it, then right-click and select ‘extract all’ if it scans OK. (If it doesn’t scan OK I want to know; so please do let me know if that is the case.) Then right-click the extracted folder you choose (see below) and click ‘Install’.
Folders you’ll find: –
In the folder marked ‘1713Google_TTF’ you’ll find all the Google TTF fonts. Right click that folder and click ‘install’.
In the folder marked ‘fonts-master’ you’ll find all the Google fonts as they appear on Google. – You don’t really need this folder, but I included it in an attempt to cover my own ass, should I need to.
There is a ‘readme.txt’ file; the contents of which tell you all about everything you’ve downloaded and how to install and use it – just in case you don’t have this article to hand. I wrote it a while back and I can’t remember exactly what it says. – It’s very useful all the same
There is an ‘Other_TTF’ file: That file contains all the non-Google .TTF files that I use and have installed on my computers. As with 1713Google_TTF, right click the extracted folder and click ‘install’.
You now have loads (Thousands) of new fonts, with which you can have a lot of artistic fun.
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