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Font: OFL is better.

posted on 11th of march, 2012

This is an important post for all illustrator or photographers, and I decided to write it because I think it's important to know what I'll write.

It is not uncommon to use the font when we create images.

Usually we use fonts that are on our PC, and this is something "easy" because you may think, are fonts that everyone has on their PC.

But if not? What would happen? Simple: the picture may have some minor difficulties to be sold.

No fear: the problem can be solved with the OFL fonts.

The OFL fonts are fonts of free use. It 'simply download them from dedicated websites with its release, and we can use them comfortably for each project.

A font OFL is, therefore, free from any copyright issue. But how to apply all this to microstock?

My idea would be to add a note in the comment to the image by writing the name of the font, or by indicating that this is a free font, but this is just an idea. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Anyway, for now I leave you a couple of links where you able to supply the fonts you want (be careful, however, read carefully the instructions of the license, some are only for personal use).

open font library



I am waiting for your comments.


Admin note: Our agency does not allow nor accepts open source/public domain content used in essential manner. Such fonts as the ones provided as example above ca be used as long as they are secondary or background elements. They cannot be used as main concepts. For instance, the image you posted from your portfolio, is acceptable if you used only the text in the document from OFL. The image concept as well as the main elements need to be yours entirely. This applies for everything you use from the public domain.

Comments (4)

Posted by Gheburaseye on April 26, 2012
I rarely use fonts to create illustration. It depends ;)
Posted by Celiaak on April 26, 2012
That is the reason I avoid using text, or draw it myself (as the letters MOM from this images). I never know if the font creator got it from elsewhere and climed it as his own.
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Posted by Gheburaseye on March 13, 2012
Exactly Mariaam ;)
Posted by Mariaam on March 12, 2012
Yep, fonts are sometimes necessary for our illustrations, but we have to be very carefully about copyright. Thanks for sharing!

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