February 4, 2020 0

SCOM0790 – Tip – Fonts on macOS

SCOM0790 – Tip – Fonts on macOS


(SCO transition music) – [Don] Hi, this is Don McAllister, and welcome to another weekly tip video. This week I’m going to take a look at using fonts on the Mac. Not so much using them, more how to instal and maintain them. macOS Mojave comes with a great
selection of system fonts, which are accessible to all of
your applications on the Mac. Just for illustration, just to demonstrate some of the wide variety of font sets are available as standard on the Mac. If I go across two Pages say, and with some text selected, if I go to the Format panel and click on the drop-down
that’s for fonts, you’ll see there’s a whole
host of different types of fonts available to you to
style your text on the Mac. If I just come out of here. Let’s pop this down out of the way. The application that is built into macOS to manage your fonts is an
application called Font Book. Now I already have Font Book running minimised in the background, so let me just bring it to the foreground, and this is the Font Book application. Standard application, three
column view in this sidebar, well, we’ll cover the sidebar in a second. These are all the different font groups that are installed on my Mac. And over here we have a viewer, so I can see Arial Regular,
this is what it looks like. Arial Black looks like that. If I go to something
like a bit more complex, let’s have a look at say Helvetica, and then open a panel, again
I’ve got Helvetica Light, Regular, Light Oblique,
Oblique, et cetera. You can access three
different views of your fonts and an information view as well, and these are controlled by
the buttons across the top. So this is the sample view. There’s also a repertoire view. So you can see all the
different characters within that particular font. There’s also a custom view, which gives you sort of like
a paragraph of lorem ipsum to see what it looks like, if you were to use a font
in a paragraph of text. The information view is over here. Or you can use Command. So Command-1 for sample,
Command-2 for repertoire, Command-3 for custom, and Command-i for information. Let’s go back using
Command-1 to the sample view. So across on the side bar,
you have various collections. So first the smart collections. So this is a collection of all the fonts that are in the English language. I also have a smart collection
of fixed-width fonts as well. You can actually edit
your smart collection by going to File, and Edit. So in this particular instance you can see the design
style is monospaced, and that gives me the
smart collection here. Cancel to that. There’s also some static
collections as well. So fun, modern, PDF, traditional and web, and you can just drag out any fonts into any of these collections, or create a new collection
down here at the bottom. To rename our collection, just select it, and to add fonts, I would
just drag the font group into, here we go, into Custom there’s my American typewriter group. That’s just a quick preview of one of this week’s
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