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Font Management Essential Training

with Mike Rankin

Video: Welcome

Learn about your fonts. Find out how to organize, purchase, install, and identify fonts used on Mac and Windows.
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  1. 1m 50s
    1. Welcome
      1m 22s
    2. Using the exercise files
      28s
  2. 16m 36s
    1. What is a font?
      3m 1s
    2. Understanding TrueType fonts
      2m 39s
    3. Understanding PostScript fonts
      2m 34s
    4. Understanding OpenType fonts
      3m 15s
    5. Understanding dfonts
      3m 5s
    6. Understanding web fonts
      2m 2s
  3. 24m 49s
    1. Understanding operating system default fonts UPDATED
      4m 5s
    2. Understanding software-installed fonts
      4m 16s
    3. Finding free fonts
      6m 34s
    4. Purchasing fonts from foundries
      4m 0s
    5. Subscribing to font libraries
      3m 48s
    6. Creating custom fonts
      2m 6s
  4. 26m 42s
    1. Understanding font conflicts
      3m 37s
    2. Replacing the font cache UPDATED
      2m 41s
    3. Converting fonts to different forms with TransType Pro
      5m 39s
    4. Checking the font version
      3m 54s
    5. Solving problems with zero-byte fonts
      3m 24s
    6. Fixing font problems with Smasher
      3m 35s
    7. Fixing font problems with FontDoctor
      3m 52s
  5. 28m 24s
    1. Understanding the Mac font folder hierarchy
      4m 5s
    2. Avoiding problems with Mac system fonts UPDATED
      2m 11s
    3. Understanding Adobe application font folders
      5m 33s
    4. Understanding Microsoft Office fonts UPDATED
      3m 7s
    5. Activating and deactivating fonts
      2m 10s
    6. Removing unnecessary fonts UPDATED
      4m 4s
    7. Solving conflicts with Helvetica
      2m 28s
    8. Best practices for manual font organization on a Mac
      4m 46s
  6. 17m 32s
    1. Understanding the Windows Fonts Control Panel UPDATED
      3m 35s
    2. Understanding the Adobe application font folders UPDATED
      2m 36s
    3. Understanding Microsoft Office fonts UPDATED
      1m 50s
    4. Activating and deactivating fonts UPDATED
      2m 17s
    5. Removing unnecessary fonts UPDATED
      2m 54s
    6. Best practices for manual font organization in Windows
      4m 20s
  7. 26m 47s
    1. Understanding the Font Book interface
      5m 23s
    2. Previewing and installing fonts
      6m 42s
    3. Enabling and disabling fonts
      2m 31s
    4. Organizing collections of fonts
      5m 17s
    5. Validating fonts
      2m 50s
    6. Exporting font collections
      2m 5s
    7. Printing font samples
      1m 59s
  8. 7m 8s
    1. Understanding the benefits of font management software
      2m 54s
    2. How to choose a font management solution
      4m 14s
  9. 41m 46s
    1. Understanding the Suitcase Fusion interface
      6m 58s
    2. Adding fonts
      2m 52s
    3. Organizing fonts with sets
      5m 42s
    4. Sharing font sets
      2m 11s
    5. Creating Smart Sets
      3m 5s
    6. Finding fonts
      3m 53s
    7. Activating and deactivating fonts
      4m 20s
    8. Using QuickMatch to find similar fonts
      2m 53s
    9. Using font auto-activation
      2m 58s
    10. Previewing and printing fonts
      4m 4s
    11. Backing up a font vault in the cloud
      2m 50s
  10. 29m 58s
    1. Avoiding problems with faux bold and italic
      4m 57s
    2. Managing and packaging fonts in InDesign
      6m 57s
    3. Managing and packaging fonts in Illustrator
      5m 13s
    4. Using fonts in Mac system applications
      4m 22s
    5. Using fonts in Windows 8 system applications UPDATED
      4m 10s
    6. Font considerations for digital documents
      4m 19s
  11. 24m 16s
    1. Identifying fonts
      4m 22s
    2. Finding sources of typographic inspiration
      3m 56s
    3. Getting answers to font questions
      1m 51s
    4. Websites for creating fonts
      6m 42s
    5. Mobile apps for creating fonts
      2m 26s
    6. Creating fonts in InDesign
      4m 59s
  12. 42s
    1. Next steps
      42s

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Font Management Essential Training
Video duration: 0s 4h 6m Appropriate for all Updated Dec 08, 2015

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When you're working with type, you need a plan for sourcing, organizing, validating, and managing fonts. In this course, Mike Rankin explains the different types of fonts and font licenses available on Mac and Windows and where you can acquire new fonts. He'll show designers how to use built-in OS tools as well as third-party software to manage font libraries. He'll provide tips on organizing fonts, and troubleshooting common font problems.

Topics include:
  • What is a font?
  • Understanding TrueType, PostScript, and OpenType fonts
  • Using web fonts
  • Understanding what fonts come with your computer
  • Purchasing fonts
  • Activating and deactivating fonts
  • Installing fonts
  • Using Mac Font Book or Suitcase Fusion
  • Choosing font management software
  • Identifying fonts
  • Creating fonts in InDesign
Subject:
Design
Author:

Welcome

Hi I'm Mike Rankin, and welcome to Font Management Essential Training. Someone once described fonts as the clothes that words wear. And while that might sound a little silly, it's actually a fairly accurate description of what a font is. Fonts can make language visible by giving form to words, which are otherwise just ideas and sounds. And more than that, fonts add their own personality to our communications. They can express moods and emotions and make text either a pleasure or a pain to read.

And in the digital realm, fonts are also a kind of software that we use on our computers. And like any software, fonts can occasionally cause problems, which is why the idea of font management exists. In this course we'll start by looking at various kinds of fonts, including the fonts that come with the different operating systems and applications that you might have. We'll see where you can get other high quality fonts, and then we'll explore some of the common problems that can occur, like conflicts and corruption, plus ways of dealing with each kind of problem and best practices for organizing your fonts.

We'll look at how fonts are handled in both Mac and Windows operating systems. Plus how and why you might want to invest in a third party font management solution. Finally, we'll have some fun looking at sources of typographic inspiration, and even ways you can make your own custom fonts. So let's get started now with Font Management Essential Training.

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Q: This course was updated on 12/08/2015. What changed?
A: We updated 11 movies to reflect changes in to the treatment of fonts in the Mac and Windows operating systems.
 

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