Font Management Essential Training

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


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


- [Voiceover] 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 bit 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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