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Fonts add life Tenace SSI/36
Names/sizes of fonts used on this page noted in green: Alaska/10.

Sometimes overlooked, good font choices can add almost as much to a book project as clipart. assorted fonts/14

There are font/typeface books and CD combos you can purchase that give unrestricted license for your work. Old books, periodicals and catalogs may be either public domain or under expired Copyright as well, that are resources for drop caps and initials. Sources of downloadable (copyright free or with permission) fonts abound online. Verdana/14

Good genealogy/history rules of thumb Rockwell/14

  • Don't use less than 12 point for base text. Copperplate Gothic Bold/14

  • Try to resist lower than 10 point for subscript, notes, etc. Antique/18 - commas in Arial Narrow

  • Use a block type font for the text. Bookman Old Style/14

  • A script can be used for the highlighting text, titles, sections, etc. - just be sure it can be easily read. Mercurius Script MT Bold/14

  • Not every 12 point font takes up the same space. Art Deco SSi/14

  • Font can also set the mood. Comic Sans MS/14

  • Serif font works best for text because it draws the eye along the line of text. Castellar/14

  • San-serif font can draw the eye to titles, captions, etc. without drastically increasing the font size or bolding. Broadway/14

  • Click here for an idea on how to save space without altering your font. Britanic Bold/14

  • Be careful, based on your reproduction quality, that you don't pick too thin of a font - the skinny legs may totally disappear.  AcademiaSSi/14

  • Display fonts can be used for title and chapter headings in addition to much more. Ballista Display Script SSi/24

Some of the text listed as different fonts look the same? That means the font is one your computer doesn't have installed and your computer is substituting something for it. All green highlighted text on this page in Alaska.

Want to add just "a little something", but don't think you have access to anything public domain (copyright/royalty free)? Consider using symbols - another common font set includes wingding. While extra care will be needed with electronic manuscripts to see they reproduce like you wish,

  • they can be used in bullet lists;

« to set off a title or subtitle; »

can be used as dividers or to set one item off from another;

accent page numbers: Ò4Ï and more!

Use your mind and the fonts available on the computer to create a unique and outstanding design. Clip art graphics can help, but consider display fonts another type of graphic. Note the caption at the bottom that thanks the creator as well as explaining what the page is about. This book page is a reproduction of promotional material. This example page is from Mt. Zion Baptist Church Axon, Georgia 1858-2008:

Your display font can draw the eye and still maintain a theme:

Ottawa County (Oklahoma) SCHOOL Census Records, 1912-1915, Volume I
, by Fredrea Gregath Cook & Donna Seamon Reeves

Click here for another example in PDF using different fonts to set off different parts of your page layout.

The best font ideas will not work for your book, if you don't send files with the appropriate font information to the printer. Click here for information on how to embed (or substitute) fonts in PDF from Adobe.

All book excerpts carry the original book Copyright - reprinted here with permission.

For more suggestions on this subject and more, order our book:
wholesale price eligible G550-$20.00 WRITING Family History Or Genealogy For Pleasure and Profit Complete Edition, by Gregath Company, Inc., *updated* 2015. ISBN: 978-0-944619-00-1, 8½x11", softbound book, 132 pages, suggestions & examples of all facets of your project for the typist and/or computer user. Note: All G prefix books 100 pages or more, this one included, that are SB can be special ordered in hard cover - contact for details. Also available on disk. | Click here for more information.

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