In talking to some other bloggers, quite a few were Picmonkey users but didn’t realise they could pull their own fonts into Picmonkey. This is one of the great things I love about Picmonkey – that you can use your own overlays or fonts easily.
So I thought I’d do a quick run through of how to get your own fonts in Picmonkey.
We all know we should be using pinnable images in our posts, and the perfect way to do this is to use colours – in overlay, image or fonts, which reflect your blog. Now I have to admit, I don’t use the exact theme fonts in my pinterest images. Instead I just use an overlay which reflects the colours in my blog theme, and I use a script font which is quite similar, and another complimentary one. For this tutorial I’ll walk through bringing in my own theme fonts to picmonkey.
How to use your own fonts in Picmonkey
1. Choose your font
If you don’t already have fonts on your machine, then you need to find the ones you want to use first. Pinterest or google are a great source of font ideas – for pinnable images, you’d want to have probably 2 fonts that work well together. Read 1st web designer’s post to to understand how to combine multiple fonts and Typography for some great font combination ideas.
There are lots of font websites, you don’t only need to use Google fonts although these are popular:
Many fonts are free, but if you want a complete set, it might cost a minimal amount to the designer – mine was around $10, or sometimes you can choose to donate.
2. Download your font
Remember to check that you can use them for commercial use if you’re selling or monetising your blog or website and to download all parts of the font that you might want to use – lower case, symbols, upper case, numbers, narrow, bold etc. There’s usually more than one part to a font.
Once downloaded, find your downloads – a zip file. Double click and you’ll need to extract everything in the zip file to your fonts folder on your hard drive. Mine is straight under my c drive\windows\fonts, but you might have to find yours further down the folder structure.
3. Install your fonts
Go to the extracted files, right click on each in turn and install. This should install them, but it’s worth going via Start, Control Panel, Appearances to check they’re installed fully.
I can never find the font area, so in the Control panel search, look for fonts. Choose installed fonts and you should be able to find the ones you’ve installed. They’re now ready to use.
4. Use your fonts in Picmonkey
Open Picmonkey, choose open from computer to edit a picture (or go into design your own), to get the settings up on the left to use.
Click on the Tt for text, and you’ll see Ours and Yours at the top. Click on Yours and your fonts should all be there. If you can’t see them, at the bottom of the list you’ll see a ‘can’t see your fonts?’ button which will give you advice on how to get them in.
Once there, you can add them to your images as you would normally with Picmonkey’s own fonts.
Do you customise your own fonts? What resources do you use?
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