How to Download and Use Free Fonts

by Carrie


One of the best parts of creating your own unique, personalized wedding invitation is getting to play around with fonts! Your computer likely arrived with a large number of pre-installed fonts that you can use, but we're going to explore downloading and installing one of the many free fonts available on the internet. We're going to start by downloading Scriptina Pro - An elegant and flowy script font. Perfect for invitations!

This link will take you to the dafont.com webpage for the font we're going to download, Scriptina Pro:

http://www.dafont.com/scriptina-pro.font

Once you click on the link, a page that looks something like this will open:

A word about free font websites:

Sites like dafont.com are awesome suppliers of free fonts. There are thousands of fonts available on this site alone! However, since these sites aren't making money from selling the fonts they provide, and they need to make money somehow, you'll see lots of ads on their pages - Be mindful of tricky ones that say things like: "Start Download Now". Sneaky!

With that in mind, look for the "Download" button (usually to the right of the font name and example). In this case, it's gray and to the far right. That's the one we want - Click on it, and the font file should start downloading immediately.

Once it's finished downloading, a couple of different things can happen, depending on your computer operating system:

1. Nothing. This is what happens on my computer (Mac). I don't worry, though, because I know that downloaded files always end up in my "Downloads" folder. You can do a search for "Downloads" if you don't know where your Downloads folder is. If you're a PC user you can look to the bottom left of your screen - Downloaded files can usually be found there. Since we know that the name of the font is Scriptina Pro, you can look for the folder so named and open it manually.

2. The more common result of downloading a file is that the file will automatically open as soon as it's finished. If this happens for you, you're one of the lucky ones, and I'm a little jealous :)

Moving on: Double-click on the Scriptina Pro file listed as "OpenType font file". You can ignore the "GIFs".  

Once you click on it, a dialog box will usually open. Click "Install". 

And... downloaded!

Now, you can open Adobe Reader or Microsoft Word and start editing! (If you had Reader/Word open while downloading, close out of it and re-open to make sure that the new fonts load.) Welcome to the wide world of free fonts - Go forth and create!

 


How to Edit a Text-Editable PDF Design

by Danielle


One of the biggest worries people seem to have about text-editable PDF files is whether they are tech-savy enough to edit the files themselves. I can assure you, you most definitely are!

I'm going to walk you through the process; from downloading and opening the files to navigating Adobe Reader like a pro!

You can experiment along with me on this free, text-editable Sample Invitation:

- Download the free Sample Invitation here

- Download the free version of Adobe Reader here

 

To Open Your Downloaded Files

 

1. After you have downloaded your files, a couple of different things may happen depending on your computer and how it handles files:

  • For Macs, the file should open automatically upon completion of the download. If it doesn’t, you can go to your “Downloads” folder, find the downloaded file, and double-click on it to open it in Adobe Reader.
    • Double-clicking on a zip file will open the folder. You’ll be able to double-click on the file you want to work on, and it will open in Adobe Reader automatically.
  • For PC's, you will be asked if you want to open it. Yes! You do! This dialog box should then pop up for you.  I put a little arrow on the screen shot below so that you can see the files. Double-click the file you want to work on, and it will open in Adobe Reader automatically.

To Edit Your Files

Okay! Now, we are ready to start editing!

This is what the file will look like once it's opened in Adobe Reader:

The "Brown Paper Moon Designs" text shown is not editable, as it is part of the background design on this free practice download. The first thing to do is make sure that the whole design can be seen...

 

Pull down the "View" menu to show the design at 100%. This adjusts the size of the image so that the whole invitation can be seen at once. Makes it much easier to edit!

Perfect - Now I can see everything I want to work on!

Okay, so now we can really get started. Let's enter some text!

To begin, click anywhere on the design. The cursor will most likely land at the top of the page. Because of the background design, I'll want to move my cursor down the page so that any text entered can be easily read. To do this, press the "Enter" (PC) or "Return" (Mac) key until the cursor is about where you'd like the text to be. It doesn't have to be perfect, as this can easily be adjusted later, just close enough for now. Everything should already be centered, so start typing and use the "Enter/Return" key to start each new line, as normal.

That looks pretty good already!

I think it could be bigger and in a prettier font, don't you? Highlight all the text in order to change it all at once.

Go to the top of the screen to find the pull-down menu titled "View". Choose "Show/Hide", then "Toolbar Items", and finally "Properties Bar". The Properties Bar is the awesome tool that will allow you to change the fonts, the font sizes, font colors, and line spacing.

Adobe Reader can be quirky, depending on your computer and operating system, so you *may* need to do this whole process *each and every time* you make a change. Doesn't mean it's broken or not working correctly, so don't worry about that! Once you learn how to find the Properties Bar once, it's easy to find every time!

And there you go! I made some changes to the font and the font size for the names, and the same for the text below the names. I could even make them italicized. 

Now, you know how to edit text on Adobe Reader!

 

For extra credit, read onto our next tutorial to see how to download a new font to your computer!

 


Free Printables: Nautilus Shell Tags

by Carrie


Celebrate summer with these cheerful old-fashioned hang tags decorated with three different nautilus shell in yellow and orange. These tags were designed to be printed on a nice, heavy-weight, white card stock. These are free for personal use - Enjoy!

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Download your free pdf file here, or the free jpg version here. Have fun! 

 

P.S. I'd love to see how you've used these tags - Send me a pic I can post on the blog and receive 10% off any item in the Brown Paper Moon Etsy shop