January 15, 2020 0

Adding Fonts To Your Mac (#1195)

Adding Fonts To Your Mac (#1195)


Hi, this is Gary with MacMost.com. On this episode let me show you how to install
new fonts on your Mac. So when you are working in an app like Pages
you, of course, can change things about the text. One of the things you can change is the font. So if you go over to the Format sidebar, go
to Style, go to Font and in Pages you can choose the font. I can go from Helvetica to say something like
Impact. You can see I’ve got a different font there. Now chances are I’ve got a lot more fonts
than you do because I’ve been collecting fonts for a long time. I’ve bought several large font collections
and added them to my Mac. So you may only have a limited set and you
may not have something that really expresses what you want for the piece of text that you
are styling. So what can you do to add fonts to your Mac? Well, you can go to the internet and you can
get more fonts. Now the problem is what fonts are legal and
which fonts aren’t. I’ve gone to two websites here that appear
to have some fonts that you can freely download. But if you search the web for free fonts you’re
going to come up with all sorts of sites and some of them have fonts that are actually
free. Some of them have fonts that aren’t really
free. They’re just basically belonged to somebody
and somebody stuck them at a website and when you download them and use them you are actually
violating copyright. You have a ton of fonts that are in the middle
in a grey area where they might be free to download and use them yourself but if you
print them out and distribute say to other people at your company or friends then you
are actually violating the license without purchasing. It is very complex. But sometimes you just run into a situation
where you go to a website and they offer you a free font. You download it and you need to know how to
install it on your Mac. So I’ve actually identified two sites here
that I think have free legal fonts but I’m no lawyer so I don’t know for sure. The League of Moveable Type is one and the
other one that seems to be legit is fontlibrary.org. If you wanted to download fonts from these
you would simply go to the font. So I’ve looked on this site and found this
one here and there is a download button. So I’ll click the download button and you
can see it throws out the download folder. Here I’ll do the same thing. Let’s find a font here, this one looks good,
and there is a download button. I’ll click on that. So now I’ve got two fonts that I’ve downloaded
into my Downloads folder and I can see them both here. Now let’s see what I need to do with them
to put them on my Mac. I’ll start by going into the Downloads folder
here and see what we’ve got. We’ve got two folders here and there is a
bunch of stuff. Everytime it seems when you download a font
from somewhere there’s always a ton of stuff and it’s hard to know what is important. So let’s look at this one here and I’ve got
a bunch of different files. What I’m looking for is something that has
got an extension that is either ttf or otf. They’re the most common. otf means open type font and ttf is true type
font. They are both different types of font both
of which work just fine on your Mac. So how do you install this. Well, actually all you need to do is double
click it and it will open up this little window here and it is actually opening up an app
on your Mac that you might not even know you had called Font Book. In this window it is showing you the font
and you can take a look at the different styles. In this case there is only bold and you can
hit the Install Font button. Let’s do that and that’s all it took. I’ve actually got that installed now. Now once I’m in Font Book I can actually look
on the left side here and see various things like Collection and Lists and things like
that. It actually looks a little like Photos or
iTunes here with the left side bar. I can look at all my fonts. All the fonts installed in my computer and
the fonts that were just installed for this user on the Mac. In this case it has installed this font just
for this user. I can see it right there League Spartan and
I can open it up and see that there is just bold. Let’s look at the other font there in the
Finder, RailwaySans. Here it doesn’t seem like there is anything
here at the main level. Docs and source probably aren’t what I want. But the fonts folder actually shows me a OTF
folder and a TTF folder. That’s great. We can go into either one of those and we
can actually select that font. It does give you a preview, by the way, either
in column view or say if I wasn’t in column view I can hit the spacebar and do the quick
look thing and see it. I’m going to double click on it and it’s going
to do the same thing. Just a regular version of the font, no bold
or anything. I’m going to hit Install Font and it’s going
to do the same thing here. So now under my user for this Mac I’ve got
now these two fonts that I’ve installed. So now back in Pages what we actually want
to do is we want to quit Pages and start it up again to make sure the new fonts are brought
into the Font menu. Now I can select this here and I should find
those there and there is League Spartan and I can switch to that. I’ll go down to the R’s and I should find
RailwaySans. There we go and I can switch to that. That’s how easy it is to add fonts to your
Mac.

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