We found the best free fonts on the web, including free script fonts, free Christmas fonts, and free modern fonts.
Finding a font to use in your next project is exciting, but the process of choosing one that’s both high-quality and free can be downright time-consuming. Scrolling through endless pages of font upon font can get old quickly — trust me, I’ve been there. Or, maybe you’ve settled on the perfect style, just to learn that the whole type family costs over $200. This happens all too often.
Lucky for you, we’ve created a roundup of 101 free fonts to help you stay current with ever-changing trends and create designs on the fly. Simply click on the links in the image caption and download the .ttf or .otf files for use in your next project. If you don’t have access to sophisticated design software, there are twelve fonts available in our easy-to-use and free free Shutterstock Editor design application.
Read on to learn the ins and outs of type classifications and how to incorporate serif, sans serif, script, modern, futuristic, wedding, and holiday fonts into your next project.
Best Free Fonts: Serif Fonts
Serifs fonts get their name from the strokes that extend from the letterform, like the legs that protrude from a letter “I.” Serifs aren’t just for pure aesthetics; serifs actually make text more legible for readers. In the world of typography, serif fonts are used in all mediums, from books and magazines to website headers and social graphics.
Just like all fonts have unique looks, serifs come in all shapes and sizes. They can transition smoothly into the letterform, giving it a more rounded appearance, or they can abruptly connect to the letter in a rectangular slab or a triangular wedge.
The shapes of the serif can dictate the tone in a specific typeface. Transitional serifs lend a more traditional and classic feel, while high-contrast serifs look more modern and trendy.
Check out our complete list of the best free serif fonts, and sample some of the very best below.
1. Abril Fatface
5. Cooper Black
6. Gravitas One
9. PT Serif
10. Questa Grande
12. Stint Ultra Condensed
13. Stint Ultra Expanded
15. The Circus
16. Zilla Slab
Best Free Fonts: Sans Serif Fonts
The main difference between the serifs and sans serifs is its absence of strokes on letterforms. As the name suggests, sans serif means “without serifs.” Instead of transitioning into a serif, you’ll notice each letterform contains clean, monoweight lines throughout. Sans-serif fonts can be rounded to geometric to calligraphic.
The lack of serifs can drastically change the tone of a font. Serif fonts create a professional tone; on the other hand, sans serif fonts create a more modern and approachable tone. This is why you frequently see sans serifs used for start-ups, tech companies, or casual fashion brands.
We selected the top sans serif fonts below; to see the whole list, check out our guide to the best free sans serif fonts.
17. Angelic Bonques
22. Brandon Grotesque
29. Paytone One
32. Zing Rust
Best Free Fonts: Script Fonts
Script fonts are the embodiment of elegance and delicacy with their connecting letterforms and calligraphic approach. Unlike serif or sans-serif fonts, scripts are typically used for headings or other important copy because smaller sizes lose legibility. Scripts can range from informal and playful with rounded or bouncy letterforms to formal and sophisticated with angled and dramatic letterforms.
When finding a font style for your project, be sure the style agrees with the context. Script fonts are typically reserved for luxurious and feminine applications. You’ll find them incorporated as fonts for wedding invitations, fonts for social graphics, or fonts for business cards.
If you’re looking for more, see our full list of the best free script fonts.
35. Eldwin Script
39. La Paloma
42. Panton Rust
43. Sant Elia
Best Free Fonts: Modern Fonts
Modern fonts usually have geometric letterforms, drastic serifs, and abstract shapes. Instead of adhering to traditional styles, modern fonts go beyond typical typography with different interpretations of letters and styles.
The fifteen typefaces listed below are all extremely versatile; they can exist as a header, focal point, or smaller copy in virtually any design. You can find more contemporary options in our guide to the top free modern fonts.
46. Amagro Bold
47. Blacker Sans
50. Editorial New
51. Free Fat Font
52. Josefin Slab
56. Monument Extended
Best Free Fonts: Futuristic Fonts
Futuristic fonts take stylistic cues from modern fonts, while weaving more sci-fi imagery into their shape. You’ll see it in the condensed letterforms, geometric shapes, and angled elements.
Add these fourteen fonts to any header or copy to give your designs a hint of the future. Find even more free futuristic fonts in our collection.
62. Futura PT
65. Neue Machina
69. Roboto Condensed
Best Free Fonts: Wedding Fonts
The key to a perfect wedding font is finding the perfect typeface. Whether it’s a flowy, calligraphic, or brush script, there are thousands of options to choose from online. Finding that perfect typeface can be time-consuming and stressful when designing your own invitation, so head over to our full list to find professionally curated free wedding fonts.
These sixteen fonts below are ideal for wedding invitations and save the dates, but can be used for a range of occasions as well.
75. Angelic Bonques
76. Beloved Script
77. Domillion Brush
78. Gloss & Bloom
79. Golden Plains
87. Viktor Script
Best Free Fonts: Christmas Fonts
As the end of the year arrives, it’s important to think about how your business or your brand can create holiday-themed designs. Holiday-themed fonts can range from classic and traditional serifs to frilly and festive display fonts.
While the twelve fonts below can live in a multitude of designs, they’re also ideal for any seasonal composition. Discover more Holiday typeface in our longer list of free Christmas fonts.
90. Bigelow Rules
92. England Hand
93. Frank Ruhl Libre
94. Germania One
95. Libre Baskerville
96. Playfair Display
98. Rumble Brave
99. Sacred Bridge
100. The Historia
101. Yeseva One
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