Whenever I’m working on a project that uses text, I feel like I spend most of my time deciding on the fonts I want to use. Whether I’m working in Photoshop or in Silhouette Studio, most of my designing time is spent running through my font list….and it takes forever! It’s just down-arrowing after down-arrowing, followed by settling on a font, only to second guess myself then having to run through all the fonts AGAIN. Ugh, it can be quite frustrating at times.
Well, recently I was introduced to an awesome website that lets you preview ALL of the fonts that are installed on your computer AT THE SAME TIME! I’m all about working smarter, not harder, and this site helps me do just that.
Check out this site to preview all your fonts!
This amazing and super easy-to-use website is wordmark.it. I love it and use it all the time now. Their tag line is “Helps you choose fonts!” and it’s so true!
[Now, this site is pretty straight-forward and doesn’t really need a tutorial….but, just in case, here’s a run-down on how to use all of its features.]
How to Use wordmark.it
The site couldn’t be easier to use either. All you do is type your word/phrase in the box at the top, then hit ‘load fonts’…..and wham-o! In just a few seconds, all the fonts that you have installed on your computer are loaded, and you can see how your desired word/phrase looks in all of them at once. I know, amazing!
Tada! All of your fonts!
After your fonts have been loaded, each is displayed in a little box with the font’s name underneath. Now you can just scroll through all of them to see which one(s) you like best. The default is a positive display, which shows your word in black text with a white background, but….
….you can also select a negative display which inverts the colors, revealing white text with a black background.
Lots of Options to Play With
There are also more options on the menubar that you can play around with:
- information: Opens up a page with instructions (if you need them) and more details on the process.
- positive/negative: Display colors as discussed above.
- aa / Aa / AA: Here you can toggle between the different display cases, either lowercase, Title case, or UPPERCASE.
- font size: You can type in the font size number if you’d like.
- smaller / bigger: Increase/decrease font size without typing in a specific number.
- filter selected: This opens up a new page with any fonts that you have selected to compare. More details below!
Filtering Your Selections
If you’ve selected a few fonts that you like and want to see them in more detail, just click on each one so it’s surrounded by a green box. Then click ‘filter selected’.
From here, you’re taken to a new screen with each of your selected fonts. On this screen, you can hover over each one to get some more information.
While hovering, on the left you’ll see a little “+” that allows you to zoom in on a font to see more of the details.
On the right, there’s an “x” that removes that font from your selection.
In the center, you’ll also notice a ‘tracking’ option with a “-” and “+” on either side. This allows you to adjust the kerning or character spacing between each letter. If you want to see what your word looks like with more spacing between each letter, just hit the “+” until you’re happy. Use the “-” to decrease the spacing.
Sharing Your Favorites
There are also some more options available at the bottom of the filter screen. You can save your selected fonts (you need to sign up and with a username and password first), print your selection, or share the fonts.
If you want to share the fonts (maybe you’re working on a project for a family/friend/client or perhaps you’re just indecisive like me and need a little input from others!), just click on “share and get feedback”. From here, you’re given a URL you can copy and paste, or there are links to share your selection on Twitter, Facebook, or in an email.
If you’ve got a phrase you want to check out in all your fonts, just pop that whole thing in the box.
Or you can even check out the whole alphabet at once….this would be SUPER helpful for checking out all the characters of dingbat fonts! Add in numbers and all the other characters, too.
Don’t Forget the Numbers
This works great for comparing numbers too!
Some Projects That This Has Been a Lifesaver For!
Check out my Project Gallery for lots of different projects I’ve created with the help of this awesome site!
Other Awesome Resources
Oh, I’ve also got a list of awesome dingbat fonts for chalkboards as well!
Did you know you can make a font out of your very own handwriting, for FREE?? Learn how!
I’ve put together a full tutorial for how to make a birthday chalkboard poster too!
And did you know that you can create some awesome posters with your Mac (including chalkboards), and you don’t need any fancy software?? You can! Check out my tutorial for all the details!
I’ve also compiled a list of my favorite sites that offer awesome FREE digital resources! High-quality fonts, SVGs, backgrounds, digital scrapbooking, Photoshop fun….it’s all covered here! And most include commercial rights too!
Other Similar Sites/Programs
Another website called flipping typical works in the same way, but wordmark.it has more options. Also, myFontBook is available…I’ve never used it, but it looks to be super fancy! I’ve also heard of another program called NexusFont that works similarly as wordmark.it, however, it’s a program that has to be installed and only runs on Windows. Since I use a Mac, I’m out of luck on that. However, wordmark.it does a mighty fine job for me and my needs, so I plan on utilizing this nifty little tool often.
Now, don’t get me wrong….I know part of the fun of creating is the actual design process, which includes selecting fonts. I get it. It is fun to down arrow and manually peruse my fonts….to an extent. I’m still able to do that by using wordmark.it, it just doesn’t take nearly as long now. I love time savers!
Are there any other handy dandy programs out there that you’ve found to be big time savers? If so, I’d love to hear about them!
[Oh, and I am in no way affiliated with wordmark.it…..I just love it and wanted to pass it along so others can use and enjoy!]
Thanks so much for stopping by!