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25 Awesome Free Fonts That Anyone Can Use

25 Awesome Free Fonts That Anyone Can Use

Fonts are indispensable tools for artists, graphic designers, and even programmers. Originating as typefaces during the use of printing presses, fonts come in all shapes, weights, slants, and ornamentations. Greatly influencing the feel and role of a piece or website, the first fonts involving various widths and designs of a base font evolved in the 1900’s. Today, digital graphic programs allow us to add to traditional fonts and design new ones incredibly quickly, greatly expanding design possibilities. Fonts with roots in all corners of art and design history are currently found online, including calligraphy, square pixel, handwritten, and street art fonts. The following 25 fonts are all free for personal and commercial use, and are sure to spice up your font library.

1. Sweetly Broken

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    Sweetly Broken is an elegantly simple handwriting font that doesn’t sacrifice legibility, or authentic look.

    2. Urban Jungle

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      Urban Jungle is a thick sans-serif, graphic font. Where some graphic fonts look repetitive, the texture on this one keeps the letters looking fresh.

      3. Clutchee

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        Clutchee is another graphic font with a smooth look. Whimsical, yet simple, this font can create a variety of looks.

        4. Sybil Green

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          A playful font, Sybil Green is a good mix of childish and polished.

          5. Slim Extreme

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            Slim Extreme is a great sans-serif option for a minimalist look.

            6. Sick Capital Vice

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              Sick Capital Vice is a phenomenal urban font, complete with paint splatters.

              7. Propaganda

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                A bold sans-serif font, Propaganda is particularly useful in graphic design projects.

                8. Brushed

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                  Brushed is another remarkable hand-written font that doesn’t sacrifice legibility.

                  9. Orange Juice

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                    Orange Juice is another graphic font, this one mimics hand-drawn 3D letters. Another excellent font for graphic design settings.

                    10. Black Casper

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                      Black Casper is designed to look like letters cut out of a magazine. A great font for many different applications.

                      11. Barcode

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                        Doing just what the name says, Barcode effectively recreates the look of a UPC.

                        12. Wedgie

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                          Wedgie is a playful 3D font, looking just like letters sitting on your paper.

                          13. Prisma

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                            Prisma is a widely versatile, fun, retro font.

                            14. VTKS Animal 2

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                              VTKS Animal is an impressive sans-serif font that recreates permanent marker strokes very nicely.

                              15. Jellyka Saint-Andrews Queen

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                                Jellyka Saint-Andrews Queen is a detailed handwritten font, with nice, realistic strokes. Some cursive fonts don’t connect the letters together well enough, but this one succeeds admirably.

                                16. Scratch My Back

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                                  Scratch My Back is another nice handwritten font, this one recreating scribbled letters.

                                  17. Friday Night Lights

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                                    Friday Night Lights is an impressive collegiate font, available in a variety of weights and textures.

                                    18. Cinzel

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                                      Cinzel is an elegant serif font, also available in a variety of weights.

                                      19. Toy Soldiers

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                                        This graphic font is a great option for industrial or army themed works.

                                        20. Karmatic Arcade

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                                          When looking for a technological themed font, Karmatic Arcade is a good mix between pixellated and modern. This font also has a nice character width, something that can be rare with pixellated fonts.

                                          21. Znikomit

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                                            Znikomit is another excellent minimalistic serif font with a clean, streamlined look.

                                            22. Yellow Magician

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                                              Another fun font is Yellow Magician, which takes on graphic style from a few hundred years ago. This font also includes some graphic characters.

                                              23. Chinese Takeaway

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                                                Another great themed font is Chinese Takeaway, which reproduces ink strokes quite well.

                                                24. Transformers Movie Font

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                                                  Based on the font used in the Transformer’s movies, Transformers is a crisp, futuristic font.

                                                  25. Gatsby

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                                                    Gatsby is a classy sans-serif font, reminiscent of the 1920’s and 30’s. Another streamlined font that could be very useful in a wide variety of projects.

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                                                    Published on September 20, 2018

                                                    11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                                                    11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                                                    In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

                                                    Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

                                                    In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

                                                    Minimizing Tabs

                                                    Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

                                                    Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

                                                    Incognito Mode

                                                    Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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                                                    1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
                                                    2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
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                                                    This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

                                                    Save Webpages as PDF Files

                                                    Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

                                                    Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

                                                    Open Recently-closed Tabs

                                                    Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

                                                    One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

                                                    The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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                                                    Solve Mathematical Problems

                                                    Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

                                                    For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

                                                    Play Media Files

                                                    Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

                                                    In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

                                                    Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

                                                    With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

                                                    Stay Focus(e)d

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                                                    Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

                                                    With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

                                                    This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

                                                    Grammarly for Editing

                                                    Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

                                                    You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

                                                    Loom

                                                    There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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                                                    There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

                                                    With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

                                                    Chrome Calendar Extension

                                                    No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

                                                    Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

                                                    Final Thoughts

                                                    Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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