Fonts can make or break a design. Some fonts are best for online publications while others are best for print. Fonts can be bubbly or they can be creepy. Too many fonts can become distracting.
After you read this introduction to fonts, open the lesson and create Word Art quotes with different fonts and colors to experience how font and color changes affect the message.
A Serif font has feet on the ends. These little feet make the printed word easier to read. A Serif font will clearly show the difference between the letter l and the number 1.
A Sans Serif font is typically easier to read online. Sans means without. Therefore, this font is without the “feet” or ends of the letters
Display and Handwriting fonts are excellent for short amounts of text such as titles and headers; however, they are not good for body text.
Font Pairs and Where to Find Fonts
Too many fonts on a page or in one file can become distracting. Stick with 2 fonts in various sizes and styles.
Google Apps has a multitude of fonts to select. In addition to viewing the fonts in the app, you can also use the following websites:
Fonts can be used in Google Slides in text boxes, as well as Word Art. Changing fonts and adding more fonts is the same for both. The activity for this section uses Word Art, therefore, it will be used in the example images.
Inserting Word Art & Changing the Font Type
- Select Insert.
- Click on Word art.
- Type a title, saying or phrase.
- Use Enter on the keyboard to Save. Use Shift + Enter to write multiple lines.
- Select the Word art.
- Select the font of your choice or More fonts for more font choices.
As stated before, using too many fonts is bad. To add variety, use different style choices such as bold, italicize, underline, etc. If a font has an arrow, click on it to view more style choices. This arrow offers more choices than the text format menu.
View more Font Styles
- Select the text.
- Click on the down arrow next to Arial.
- Click side arrow next to the font.
- Select a style.
- You can also use Bold and Italicize or more style choices.
Additional Skills Needed for Practice Activity
You may have noticed that I have included free practice activities on this website. Below are a few skills not directly related to fonts that will help you will "The Importance of Font and Color Choice" Activity.
When you need a closer view of the text, it is crucial to zoom in to view the writing.
Choice 1: Icon
- Select the zoom icon.
- Select a magnification.
Choice 2: Shortcuts
- Zoom in CTRL + ALT and +
- Zoom Out CTRL + ALT and -
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