What are fonts and typefaces?

The distinction between font and typeface is that a font designates a specific member of a type family such as roman, boldface, or italic type, while typeface designates a consistent visual appearance or style which can be a “family” or related set of fonts. For example, a given typeface such as Arial may include roman, bold, and italic fonts.


How do I install them on a Windows PC?

There are several ways, but this is what I do (on Windows 7):

  1. Click the start menu button.
  2. Click on “Control Panel.”
  3. Click “Fonts.”
  4. Open the folder where you’ve saved your new font (usually the download folder) and paste it into the Fonts folder.
    • If your font is in a .zip file, you’ll have to unzip it.  You can either use a program like Winzip (which has a free trial you can download repeatedly), or you can right-click the file, go to “open with,” and open the .zip file with Windows Explorer.
    • You should probably close any running programs while doing this.
How do I install them on a Mac?

Clicky clicky.  Or clicky clicky here. I don’t own a mac right now (boo) so there’s no specific way I go about it.


What’s the difference between TrueType, OpenType, and PostScript fonts?

If you just want a font that prints well and is easy to read on the screen, then consider using a TrueType font. If you need a large character set for language coverage and fine typography, then you might want to use an OpenType font. If you need to print professional quality print publications, such as glossy magazines, or you need to do commercial printing, PostScript is a good choice.

And here’s Adobe’s slightly longer but still brief explanation.


Where can I get free fonts?

There are lots of free fonts out there, and if you’re as broke as I am, you are thankful for this.  I usually bookmark places I find, so I’ll share a few of them here.  Some of these are websites of font-creators, others are sites that aggregate content from other sites.

REMEMBER:  Even though these fonts are free to download, it’s up to you to double-check the license agreement for every font you use.  Some are free to use for commercial use, others are free for non-profit or independent projects, others are non-profit only.  Most creators will have their agreement either on their website or included in the .zip file as a .txt document

And if you want something that’s completely free and unique, you can always hand-letter.

If you’ve got any other sources or tidbits of information, feel free to add them in the comments!

(cross-posted from DA)

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Posted by pjeanniejean | 8 September, 2013 at 12:30 | Links, Resources | No comment | Tags: , , , ,

We’ve started the third issue of Ruby Red. From now on you get to see work that was actually created this year.

I ordered a small postcard print from redbubble to check their quality. While I can’t say anything about their larger prints and other products (such as phone cases), the print I received seems to be pretty good quality. It’s very close to the colors of the original, perhaps with a very slightly pinker tint. But I think that’s something you’d only notice if you’d stared at the original piece for hours on end. I’ve got another painting in the works that will be up as a print soon enough.

Also, I made a links page for my tumblr and figured it’d be something to post here, in case anyone wanted a rundown on how I’m using social media:

MY WEBSITE– My art website. You can contact me through here, see my professional portfolio, or take bets on when I might actually update the site’s blog.

DEVIANTART– Another place for art. Most (but not all) of what’s on my website is here too, and this is where I post sketches and other nonprofessional art. It’s also currently where I post my comic, Ruby Red.

RUBY REDCurrently on deviant art, soon to be on a subdomain on my website (the one at the bottom of every page). Now on its own subdomain at my website! Updated on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

REDBUBBLE– Where you can buy prints of my work. I don’t have everything up here, so if there’s anything you want as a print please ask me and I will do my best to make it available!

FACEBOOK– I’ll update about projects I’m doing as well as post art here.

THREADLESS– I like making T-shirt designs sometimes.

TWITTER– This is the quickest way to get in contact with me. Be warned: personal opinions abound (including on such things as politics, religion, etc).

INSTAGRAM– Mostly cats.

TUMBLR– I mostly just reblog things that I agree with or that I find funny. Sometimes I post art. I also post personal opinions here (mostly in the form of reblogs) so you are warned. I try to tag my reblogs and non-art posts so if you’re only interested in art, you can use the tumblr savior add-on to block certain tags.

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Posted by pjeanniejean | 11 August, 2013 at 07:35 | Comics, Links, Prints, Resources, Ruby Red | No comment

I have a print shop now at RedBubble.

You can buy a print of Tea Time here. I ordered a postcard print for myself to test the quality and it seems to have turned out well. They cut a little off the edges (though that’s bound to happen with any kind of print, especially print on demand), but the colors look good and the paper seems sturdy. I haven’t tested out any other types of prints there, but if you do order anything and you aren’t happy, they have a return policy here. Also, if you get something that’s bad quality, please let me know (through my contact page or any other site you follow me on). If I get too many complaints about bad quality prints I’ll find somewhere else to get them done. For now, it looks like it’s gonna work out.

I’m gonna try to create more stand-alone illustrations to put in the shop, too. I don’t really want a bunch of old work in there, mainly, and comic pages don’t really work as prints (well, depending on the page I suppose).

Lastly, if you’d like to commission me to draw anything for you, feel free to contact me.

Ruby Red is still going strong, and we’re about to enter the third issue which has a lot of action. No time like the present to get caught up!

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Posted by pjeanniejean | 29 July, 2013 at 21:12 | Illustration, Links, Prints | 1 comment