The Top 3 Font Resources for Your DIY Web Design Needs

Fonts for Web Design

Creative fonts for your website

If you’re like me, you’re not really in a position to shell out dough for web-design services, so you’ve taken it upon yourself you get good enough at Photoshop (or whatever design program you use) to do some of the work yourself. I’ve been using Photoshop for over a decade, mostly self-taught, and with a platform that expansive, I think it’s safe to say I don’t know how to do 98% of the things it’s capable of. But, I do know my way around PS well enough to make show posters, album art, logos, Facebook and Twitter banners, and other design elements I can use online. And best of all, I don’t charge myself for my services.

When designing something that used text, I used to just go with the font options included in Photoshop. This was fine, but I eventually started noticing that the same fonts I was using – and which I had begun to associate with specific bands/brands I was working with – were being used by everyone else, too. This didn’t surprise me once I thought about it, but it quickly made all my stuff seem a lot more generic.

So, I started searching around for more unique fonts that would work with Photoshop. Turns out there is no shortage of spots on the web to grab some great new fonts, and a lot of them are free to download and add to your stash. If you’re looking to add some textual variety to your DIY web design, check out these resources:

Dafont.com

This is a nice, clean site with curated categorization that makes discovering new fonts both simple and fun. Almost all the fonts are free (though there are restrictions on some, so be aware of that), and you’re often given the option to donate to the creator. I keep this site bookmarked and it’s usually my first stop when I’m trying to find that perfect font.

UrbanFonts.com

UrbanFonts is a lot like Dafont, but they have a special section dedicated to premium fonts, if you’re looking to take things to the next level. They also have a “Free Dingbats” section, which is filled with “fonts” like you’ve never seen before.

FontSquirrel.com

Font Squirrel features “100% Free for Commercial Use” fonts, along with a nifty webfont generator if you’re in the advanced class. Another really clean, easy-to-navigate site that holds some great surprises in its search capabilities.

Bonus: WhatTheFont! (http://www.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/)

Have you found a font that you really like on the web but don’t know the name? This page will help you figure out what it is.

Have any tips on finding great fonts? Let us know in the comments.

[Font image from Shutterstock.]

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