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Using Google Fonts With InDesign


This article appeared in Issue 109 of InDesign Magazine.

How to Find, Install, and Use Google Fonts in InDesign

If you’re a Creative Cloud member, you have access to Typekit, which at last count featured over 1500 type families for desktop use. But if, like me, you believe that you can never have enough fonts, Google Fonts is another large type library you can access… and it’s free!

The primary purpose of Google Fonts is to serve up fonts to websites. But, like Typekit, Google Fonts can be used for projects destined for print, PDF, or EPUB output as well.

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Keith Gilbert

Keith Gilbert

Keith Gilbert is a digital publishing consultant and educator, Adobe Certified Instructor, Adobe Community Professional, conference speaker, lynda.com author, and contributing writer for various publications. His work has taken him throughout North America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. During his 30 years as a consultant, his clients have included Adobe, Apple, Target, the United Nations, Best Buy, General Mills, Lands' End, and Medtronic. Follow him on Twitter @gilbertconsult and at blog.gilbertconsulting.com.
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3 Comments on “Using Google Fonts With InDesign

  1. So with SkyFonts and Typekit… how do you package files with fonts for your printer and/or project archive? Especially if you work with multiple designers. That’s the main reason that’s kept me away from cloud font services.

    • Sarah, you’re right, Typekit fonts aren’t included when you package a file. But, as far as a printer is concerned, the printer would need to have Creative Cloud in order to open your packaged InDesign CC file. So, the printer would also have access to Typekit fonts. When they open the file they will be notified the fonts are missing, and ID will ask if the printer wants to sync the missing fonts from Typekit. In this workflow, they would be using the same fonts you would have packaged for them if you could.

      This doesn’t help with the file archiving issue, but it shouldn’t be an obstacle for printers.

  2. Just a word of caution, when using Google Fonts for print.
    As Keith states, “Since the primary use of Google Fonts is to serve fonts to websites”, Google Fonts could possibly not print correctly when printed to a digital press. Just don’t paint yourself into a corner with a deadline when using a Google Font, and allow yourself time to print a single proof-copy before committing to a large order.

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