Google Fonts Blog
News and updates from the Google Fonts team
Preview fonts with the new Poster mode
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Selecting just the right font for your website or application is a personal decision, and making sure the font harmonizes with your content is often time consuming. To help you narrow down your font choices, last week we
a new tool to compare individual characters in a pair of fonts side by side. Today, we’re introducing Poster Images, which allows you to easily see what a font looks like with different effects, on a variety of different backgrounds.
To start, visit the Google Web Fonts directory and select the Poster tab at the top.
Change the font size or the appearance of the poster to check out how different styles look. When you find a font you like, hover over it to see more details and add it to your collection.
We hope this makes choosing the right font easier and more fun!
Posted by Sang Tian, Software Engineering Intern
New Fonts, Early Access, and More
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Over the last few months, we’ve been busy adding support for web fonts to
. Today, we’re adding seven font families in Google Web Fonts, a new tool to compare similar fonts, and an early access program to get feedback on non-latin scripts in development.
When you choose a new font, you want it to look good for all your readers, regardless of the platform or browser they’re using. To help make fonts look better in more places, we’re starting to hint more families in Google Web Fonts,
, which automates this process.
were hinted using this tool.
expands on our existing collection of calligraphic font styles, and you can use
to bring out your inner guitarist. We’re also very excited to be including a special contribution from our
friends over at Adobe
Source Sans Pro
, their first open source type family.
As the number of fonts in Google Web Fonts continues to grow, it’s becoming harder to select the right font from among many potential choices. To make this process easier, you can now easily compare two fonts side by side using the new comparison tool. Just add a few fonts to your collection, select Review, and click on the
tab at the top.
You can then overlay glyphs from each font on top of each other, and use the slider to transition between fonts to see the differences between them more clearly.
Non-latin fonts can be more complex than latin fonts, both as designs and as font software, which often require more time to develop and polish. The designers of these fonts may not be native readers, and we’re hoping for your feedback to help them understand where their fonts need improvement. You can try them out by downloading them from the Google Web Fonts
early access page
Posted by Ajay Surie, Product Manager
450+ new ways to make your Google presentations pop
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Cross-posted from the
Google Drive blog
Good design is an important part of getting your point across in a presentation. Over time we’ve added a bunch of features to help you bring a little something extra to your decks, like
slide transitions and animations
thousands of free stock photos
, and a
growing collection of templates
Today, creating eye-catching presentations gets even easier, with more than 450 new fonts to choose from. (flip through the presentation below to see them in action)
To browse and select new fonts, click on
from the bottom of the fonts dropdown in the toolbar. This will take you to the menu of all available fonts, where you can pick the ones you want to use.
Any fonts that you select will get automatically added to your fonts list so it’s easy to find them later.
Plus, fonts that you’ve already added to
will automatically appear in your presentations font list too.
So next time you're working on a presentation, jazz it up with some
, or hundreds of other new choices.
Posted by Erin Rosenbaum, Software Engineer
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