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Photo Book Girl’s 20 Favorite Fonts and Text Design Tips (Part 1)

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One of the most asked questions I get from readers about fonts is, “What is the font you used in your Hawaii book?”

The font is called P22 Cezanne and it’s one of my favorite fonts. P22 Cezanne was commissioned by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, based off of artist Paul Cezanne’s own handwriting. Handwritten fonts or fonts that look like handwriting are very popular for scrapbooking and photo books as it lends a personalized, handcrafted touch to your books, even if it’s not your own handwriting. I like that it’s very distinctive yet, very readable. I tend to use it all in lower case letters, though it does have some beautiful uppercase letters.

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You can easily find this font for free by doing a Google search for “P22 Cezanne free download”

In addition to P22 Cezanne, a few other script fonts I like for their handwritten quality are: Angel Tears, Shipped Goods and The Dreamer. Here’s a list of my all-time favorite fonts.

Favorite Fonts Photo Book Girl

In terms of non-script fonts probably my all-time favorite would be Century Gothic, but in all uppercase form rather than small case or upper/small case. I used it for practically all of my wedding stationery, invitations, signage, anything printed and even our custom gobo light that projected our names on the wall (yeah, I’m fancy like that! haha). It was only fitting that I used Century Gothic when making my wedding and honeymoon books. It matched with the modern, clean-lined look we were going for. What’s nice about a clean sans serif font (one without tails or an ornamental mark), is that it can be easily paired with a serif-font (a font with tails or hooks) and it won’t compete with it. See this example from one of my honeymoon photo books where I used P22 Cezanne along with Century Gothic.

Title font

Another classic is American Typewriter. I am old enough to recall typing on those darned machines, having to keep liquid white-out at the ready (this is pre-white-out tape!) and even though I’m extremely thankful I don’t have to type this blog out on a typewriter, I can still feel nostalgic for the old machines using this font. I like this font so much, it’s what I use in my Photobookgirl.com logo.

Economica is a new favorite – I use it a lot in my blog for the blog post titles and elsewhere. It’s clean, compact but still distinctive.

Maiden Orange I had in my fonts list and I discovered it again while looking through my fonts for this post. I like its compactness and the bit of serif. I’ll definitely be using this font soon.

Kids Fonts

DSC_6530As many of my photo books nowadays revolves around an energetic toddler, kid fonts are often on my go to list. They vary a lot – some are handwritten, some look look like writing you’d see on a chalkboard, and some are very whimsical. DK Crayon Crumble I used very recently in Photo Book Baby’s second year in review photo book. It gives a handwritten feel, while still being very readable. Fatpen and Kids Play I used in Photo Book Baby’s second birthday pirate party invitation (along with Shipped Goods as I thought that looked very “piratey”). Making a kid’s photo book or scrapbook is fun because I feel like I have more leeway than if I’m doing an anniversary or graduation photo book. Font choice should compliment the subject matter.

Font Design Tips

How Many Fonts Should I Use?

When I use fonts in my books, I usually use only 2 to 3 tops. Using more than that can get too disjointed and will make the book lack cohesiveness. Usually I use one non-serif font and one serif font that complement each other, like my sample above of Century Gothic and P22 Cezanne. With kids photo books, you can break the rules a little more since they are typically less formal, so adding a few more fonts probably won’t hurt. You may also be going for a more whimsical look that can hold up to the use of more varied fonts so it really depends on the project. Rule of thumb – the more formal it is the less fonts you should probably use.

Where to Find FREE Fonts

With all these awesome choices out there (and for free download) there’s no reason why you have to stick to a few lackluster fonts that bore you to sleep! Some of my favorite font sites to troll are dafont.com and fontspace.com. I also derive a lot of inspiration while on Pinterest. Check out my Photo Book Inspiration board for some of my favorite ideas.

If you’re interested in seeing more of my favorite fonts check out my posts on the following here:

Disney FontsDisney fonts – find out where you can get that distinctive Disney script and more for your Disneyland and Disney World photo books!

Chalkboard fonts – I round up my favorite chalkboard inspired fonts as well as providing my very own chalkboard background freebie for download!

Part 2 of this post will focus on font tips in action. How many to fonts to use, what size should you make your text and other text design tips. Stay tuned! Part 2 is up – click the link to check out the second part of my font tips!

Do you have a favorite font? Tell me by commenting below – I’d love to hear about it!

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6 Comments

  1. Greg
    Posted May 27, 2014 at 9:03 pm | #

    I am technologically challenged. I can find and download fonts, but I cannot access them on either Word or Mypublisher. Can you advise me?

    • photobookgirl
      Posted May 28, 2014 at 10:33 am | #

      Hi Greg,

      Are you on a PC or Mac? After you download the fonts, you still have to open them up and load them into your system fonts. I’m more familiar with Mac. On the Mac you go into Applications and “Font Book” and then “Add Fonts”. For a PC I found this while searching online: http://www.wikihow.com/Install-Fonts-on-Your-PC

      Hope that helps!

  2. Marina
    Posted June 23, 2014 at 12:02 am | #

    Another technically challenged person! I’m wondering, once I have the font installed onto my PC is it possible to import these fonts into say Mixbook or My Publisher? How do I use the chosen font in the photo book software where I’m creating my photo book?

    • photobookgirl
      Posted June 24, 2014 at 11:25 pm | #

      Hi Marina, with Mixbook you can’t, but with MyPublisher you can. Some of the companies will pull fonts from your computer while some you have to use their fonts. The companies I can recall offhand who can use your fonts are: Photobook America, BrideBox, MyPhotoCreations. I have this info in the charts for each company: http://www.photobookgirl.com/reviews/.

  3. Posted June 23, 2015 at 7:52 am | #

    Hello, this is sooo useful! Thank you so much for sharing your fave fonts. I’m loving P22 Cezanne too! So glad to have seen this while finishing my daughter’s 1st birthday photobook! 🙂

    • photobookgirl
      Posted June 23, 2015 at 11:19 pm | #

      You’re welcome!

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