How to Access Special Characters in Your Mac Fonts

Special characters refer to characters that are neither letters nor numbers. You might be looking for how to type special characters like a copyright symbol, accented letters, or emojis on a Mac. All of these, and many more, are available through a few different methods.

The best method to use depends on your workflow. You might prefer to view the character map in the Mac Font Book, to access the emoji and symbol viewer while typing, or to learn particular keyboard shortcuts for the symbols you use most often.

We’ll explain all you need to know below.

1. Hold Down a Key to Type Accented Letters

Accented letters popup in Mac keyboard

Although they aren’t technically special characters, accented letters are some of the most common characters people struggle to find on a Mac keyboard. These aren’t used too often in English, but if you speak a second language, you’re likely to need them all the time.

The easiest way to type accented letters on a Mac is to hold down the letter you want to type, causing a popup menu with all the available accents to appear.

From this menu, type the corresponding number for the accent you want to use. You can also use the Arrow keys to highlight the accented letter you want, then hit Return to type it. Or use the mouse to click your desired accent.

This method is only available for letters that use accents, which are mostly vowels. But you can also use it to access alternative punctuation marks, like the upside-down question marks used in Spanish.

2. Press Ctrl + Cmd + Space to Open the Character Viewer

Special character viewer window in macOS

The best way to type special characters on your Mac is to open the Character Viewer. This is a popup character map with every special character on your Mac. You can find what you’re looking for by scrolling through the list, selecting the relevant category from the sidebar, or searching for a character using the search bar.

Press Ctrl + Cmd + Space whenever you’re typing on your Mac to open the Character Viewer. When you find the special character you want to use, double-click to add it to your text. Hit Esc at any time to quit the Character Viewer.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, open the Settings dropdown menu and choose to Customize List. You can add more categories to the Character Viewer, including Dingbats, Musical Symbols, Phonetic Alphabet, Foreign Characters, and more.

You can also create a Favorites section by clicking Add to Favorites beneath each of your most commonly used special characters.

Shrink the Character Viewer for Quick Emojis

Although you can use the full Character Viewer window to type emojis on your Mac, if that’s your primary goal, you should use the minimized viewer instead. Click the Window button in the top-right corner to shrink the Character Viewer to a smaller size.

Minimized special character viewer in macOS

From this window, you can navigate through all the available emojis using your keyboard. Press Tab to cycle through emoji categories, then select an emoji using the Arrow keys and hit Return to add it.

You can also use the search bar immediately after opening the minimized Character Viewer to find the exact emoji you’re looking for in a snap.

3. Use Keyboard Shortcuts to Type Special Characters

Keyboard viewer showing special character shortcuts on a Mac

For most people, the Character Viewer is the easiest way to type special characters on a Mac. This is especially true since you only need to remember a single keyboard shortcut. But power users can boost their productivity by learning specific shortcuts for all the special characters they need to use.

Everybody knows that you can type punctuation marks by holding the Shift key. But you can access even more special characters by using Option or Option + Shift with various keys on your Mac’s keyboard.

Using these shortcuts, it’s possible to type a wide range of common special characters in an instant. For example, the copyright symbol is Option + G. The trademark symbol is Shift + Option + 2.

Take a look at our special characters cheat sheet for Mac to see every keyboard shortcut.

Use the Keyboard Viewer to See Live Shortcuts

If you’re struggling to remember all the shortcuts you need, turn on the Keyboard Viewer for a live view of your keyboard shortcuts. Go to System Preferences > Keyboard and enable the option to Show keyboard and emoji viewers in menu bar.

Now click the Window icon in your menu bar and select Show Keyboard Viewer. This icon might appear as a flag if you have multiple keyboard languages enabled.

Show Keyboard Viewer option in Mac menu bar

The Keyboard Viewer shows you what every key on your keyboard is programmed to type. As you press and hold the Shift and Option keys, this keyboard changes to reflect the relevant special character shortcuts. Accents come up in orange, to show that you need to type another letter after the accent.

If you memorize some keyboard shortcuts, you’ll find they’re the quickest way to type special characters on a Mac.

4. Open the Font Book to View Every Special Character

Special characters for Arial in Mac Font Book

Different fonts offer different special characters. Another way to view all the special characters available for a particular font on your Mac is to open Font Book. You can find it in the Applications folder on your Mac, or open it using Spotlight (Cmd + Space).

Font Book lets you manage all the fonts on your Mac. Use it to install new fonts, organize them into categories, or delete the fonts you don’t need anymore.

After opening Font Book, select your font and click the Grid view in the toolbar. You can also go to View > Repertoire to change the Font Book view. You should see every character in your chosen font as a grid, including all the special characters available.

To type a special character, select it in Font Book and use Cmd + C to copy it to your clipboard. Now press Cmd + V to paste it elsewhere. If you’re pasting it into a word processor, use Shift + Option + Cmd + V to paste it without any formatting.

Better Ways to Manage Your Fonts

Now you know how to type special characters without much fuss. Meanwhile, if you’re looking for more ways to manage fonts or access special characters on your Mac, alternative font managers might be the answer you’re looking for.

Take a look at the best Mac font management apps.

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How to Find Free Fonts Similar to Paid Fonts

It’s natural to take design inspiration from other people’s work. But there’s nothing more annoying than seeing a font you love and not knowing what it’s called, or discovering that it’s way beyond your budget.

Fortunately, there are lots of tools to help you identify typefaces, or find similar fonts for free. So, let’s take a look at the best ways to find free fonts similar to paid fonts.

1. Alternatype

find free fonts by name alternatype

If you already know the name of the font you’d like to use, but just can’t afford to buy it, then Alternatype is the tool to use. The site has a large database of typefaces—just enter the name of the one you like and it will suggest one or two free alternatives.

Downloadable and web fonts are both supported, with a download link for each. There’s also a Specimen option that allows you see the font in action before you decide to use it.

2. Identifont

identifont similar fonts

Identifont works along similar lines, allowing you to enter the name of the font to get a list of possible alternatives. Each font page includes a display with upper and lower case characters, a few symbols, and links to where you can get the fonts.

But there’s more. Identifont also allows you to match fonts by feature. Click through a series of options—does it have serifs, descenders, and so on—and you’ll end up with a list of suggested alternatives. You might not find an exact match this way, but you could find something you like even more.

Unusually, you can search dingbats fonts as well, to find those that contain certain symbols.

3. What Font Is

whatfontis find font

If you’re not sure of the name of the font, or it’s not showing up in the Alternatype or Identifont databases, you could use an image to identify it instead. Using What Font Is, you can either upload a screenshot of the text or just use a link to an online image where the font appears.

You will then need to identify the individual letters in the word or phrase in your image. What Font Is can present you with all results, or filter down to only free fonts or only fonts that can be used commercially.

The larger the characters are the better chance What Font Is has of identifying the font. A few tests with smaller images yielded inaccurate results.

4. WhatTheFont

whatthefont match similar fonts

WhatTheFont, from, is quick and easy to use. Drag your image into the browser window and it should automatically detect the text. If not—or if there’s more than one font in use—adjust the crop box to select the text you need.

Hit the Identify button to instantly see some font suggestions. Once you’ve got your results you can test them out with text of your own. Commercial fonts are included among the results, with no filter options.

If you like WhatTheFont, there’s a mobile app version for iOS and Android, too. You can use these to take photos to identify fonts in magazines or on billboard posters.

5. Font Matcherator

font matcherator

Font Matcherator is available from, and claims to be more powerful than its rivals.

It works with images you upload, or on any image from the web—you just need to know the URL. It works best with text on a plainer background. We found it struggled to auto-detect text on busier images.

When this happens you can crop in to the text manually, and home in on specific characters to improve the recommendations.

What we like about Font Matcherator is that it works with OpenType font features, including substitute glyphs. So if you’ve got handwritten fonts, for example, it should work well with them where other services may struggle.

6. Photoshop

match fonts in photoshop

All of these other services run in your web browser. But if you’ve got Photoshop you can just use that instead.

The benefit is that it doesn’t just work with online fonts (Typekit or Adobe Fonts, in this case), it can match those you’ve already got installed on your system. Given how easy it is to amass a huge collection of fonts—and how hard it can be to organize them—this is a really valuable feature.

To get started, open the image containing the font you want to match. Go to Type > Match Font. Then drag the crop box over a portion of the text, and wait for the results to appear in the Match Font dialog box.

How to Find More Free Fonts

While it’s always good to be inspired by typography you see in existing projects, when it comes to free fonts you aren’t short of choices.

For the best free web fonts, take a look at our guide to Google Fonts you can use in presentations. Alternatively, you can download hundreds of fonts from our pick of the best sites for free fonts.

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The 20 Best Fonts for Greeting Cards and Posters

Your choice of fonts can make or break your greeting cards or posters.

So, to help you get it right, here are 20 basic, geometric, whimsical, bold, and dingbat fonts that are guaranteed to add flair to your creations.

Basic Fonts

Simple and readable, a basic font is ideal for clear headlines or body text. You can’t go wrong with the likes of Helvetica and Futura, but here are a few more worth considering.

1. Public Sans

public sans

This open source font from the US government is clean, neutral, and familiar. It works almost anywhere, for headers or text.

2. Metropolis

metropolis font

Metropolis is a modern, minimalist sans-serif font that is a good option when you’re looking for an alternative to Helvetica.

3. Bodoni XT

bodoni xt

Whether you’re making inspirational posters, wedding invites, or Christmas cards, Bodoni XT will help bring a touch of class to your designs.

Geometric Fonts

Geometric fonts are simple, yet deliver a more distinctive look than you’ll get from basic fonts. They have rounded shapes, and modern, clean styles.

4. Equinox


Equinox is a minimal, sci-fi-inspired geometric font. It makes for a good alternative to Futura, although you need to be aware that it doesn’t contain any lowercase characters.

5. Gilmer


Another clean and versatile geometric typeface, Gilmer also includes an outline font that will work on a variety of poster designs.

6. Fox and Cat

fox and cat font

Fox and Cat is a lovely, light typeface with both upper and lowercase characters. The quirky design is ideal for greeting cards, and the license even allows for commercial use.

7. Anders

anders font

This is a minimal yet very distinctive font that will bring a striking look to your posters, greeting cards, or anything else you’re working on.

Whimsical Fonts

When you want to inject a sense of fun or whimsy into your designs, something like a handwritten typeface is the go-to option. Here are some that will liven up your birthday cards and other projects.

8. Windsong

windsong font

This calligraphic script font is a popular choice thanks to its OpenType feature support that helps to achieve the authentic handwritten look.

9. Fabfelt


Fabfelt is a handwritten font with a more casual, retro feel. It’s available in OTF and TTF versions, and includes a full range of characters.

10. Janda Happy Day

janda happy day

Janda Happy Day is the definition of a whimsical font. The curly-styled characters are fun, yet it remains highly readable.

Bold Fonts

To create real impact, choose a bold font. They can be serif or sans-serif, condensed or handwritten. Either way, they pack a punch.

11. League Gothic

league gothic font

Inspired by vintage Gothic typefaces, League Gothic is a classic that works in a whole range of projects. It’s open source, too, so use it however you like.

12. Chunkfive


Chunkfive is indeed chunky; a serif font that makes a real impact. This slab font is best used on posters where you need to get your message across without fuss.

13. Brusher


This bold, brush-lettered typeface offers impact without compromising on style. To download Brusher, you have to sign up for a free download link using your email address.

14. Zenfyrkalt


Zenfyrkalt is a hand-drawn bold font with a truly unique style. It combines impact and whimsy and works for fun projects.

Dingbat Fonts

Dingbat fonts are an easy way for those of us who don’t have the greatest artistic skill to add some cute drawings to our creations.

15. Bella K Dings Are Cool

bella d wingdings

A large selection of shapes that are suitable for many projects on a whole range of subjects. The hand drawn style adds a nice touch.

16. Heart Doodles

heart doodles dingbats font

Heart Doodles has got everything you need to enhance your homemade Valentine’s Day cards, with its selection of heart-based shapes.

17. Mustache

mustache dingbats

There’s a dingbats font for every occasion. To prove the point, here’s a collection of 26 mustache styles, to cover all of your facial hair needs.

18. Pea Jelene’s Doodles

pea jelenes doodles

Pea Jelene’s Doodles are great for posters and greeting cards, and much more—a cake design, or the menu at a coffee shop, for example.

19. KG Christmas Tree Fonts

kg christmas tree fonts

Featuring over 50 Christmas trees and more, this font collection will add a seasonal touch to your Christmas cards and party posters.

20. MFT Itty Bitty Baby


Finally, this baby-themed collection is the perfect accompaniment for baby showers, Congratulations cards, or even T-Shirt designs.

How to Get Even More Free Fonts

Do you want more free fonts for birthday cards, greeting cards, or posters? Take a look at our picks of the best websites for free fonts to see where you can get them.

Also, you can get your designs looking as professional as possible by making sure you always choose the right fonts for your projects. Our guide detailing how to pick the right font pairs will help get you started.

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How to customize and create paragraph or text styles in Pages, Numbers and Keynote

If you want to edit paragraph styles or create a new one in Pages, Numbers, or Keynote, this tutorial shows you how on Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

How to find and use hidden fonts in macOS Catalina

If you want to try out a new font on your Mac but don’t want to search the internet for something new, check out these hidden macOS fonts.

How to Turn Your Handwriting Into a Font

Add a personal touch to your digital projects by turning your handwriting into a custom font. It’s a lot easier than you might think thanks to a web app called Calligraphr. And there are plenty of creative uses for you to explore.

In this article, we’ll show you how to make your handwriting a font with Calligraphr for free. You can add letter variants for a natural style, adjust the alignment and spacing, and even export the end product as a standard font format. And it only takes ten minutes.

What Is Calligraphr

Calligraphr process infographic to turn handwriting into font

Formerly MyScriptFont, Calligraphr is a free web app that lets you scan your handwriting to create a custom font. It’s easy to use and offers loads of features that help you get your font just right.

Export your custom font as TTF or OTF formats to use it with Windows or macOS computers. You might want to use your custom font to add a personal touch to invitations, design calligraphic artwork, or to write a webcomic.

Calligraphr offers the following features to help perfect your font:

  • Choose the exact character sets you want to include in your font, including accented letters, symbols, and numbers.
  • Upload variants for each letter to create a random authenticity to your handwriting.
  • Edit individual characters after uploading to darken the lines, adjust the size, and tweak the alignment.
  • Save fonts in the browser so you can return to keep editing them over multiple sessions.

Calligraphr Pro Subscription

Calligraphr Pro upgrade prices

You can use Calligraphr to create and export a custom handwriting font for free. But a Pro subscription unlocks extra features to help you make your handwriting into the best font possible.

Calligraphr Pro costs $8/month, although you can get a 50 percent discount if you pay for six months at once. With a Pro subscription, Calligraphr lets you work on more than one font at a time, up to a maximum of 12. It also lets you add up to 480 characters to each font.

You can also add more than two variants for each character, up to a maximum of 15. A variant is an alternate version of a particular letter or number. The finished font uses different variants at random to make your font look more natural.

Randomized letter demonstration on Calligraphr website

Another major upgrade that comes with a Pro subscription is the ability to add ligatures to your font. In case you aren’t familiar with common typography terms, a ligature is a line that connects two letters in joined handwriting.

Do I Need Calligraphr Pro to Make a Custom Font?

Calligraphr Pro offers great benefits to font creation, but you can turn your handwriting into a perfectly good font without paying for anything.

The main downside to using Calligraphr for free is that your font is limited to 75 characters. That’s enough space for upper and lower case letters, every number, and common punctuation marks, but not much else.

You’re also limited to two variants per character. However, this still adds enough randomization to your font to make it more natural than most.

Finally, you can’t add ligatures with Calligraphr Free. But if you don’t join your handwriting up anyway, it won’t make a difference.

Ligrature demonstration from Calligraphr website

How to Use Calligraphr to Turn Your Handwriting Into a Font

To get started, head to the Calligraphr website and click the Get Started For Free button to create an account. There’s no need to upgrade to a Pro account unless you want more than two variants or ligatures.

After signing up and logging in, click the Start App button to load the Calligraphr web app. Then follow the steps below to turn your handwriting into a font.

Step 1. Create a Font Template

First you need to create a template for your custom font. This is essentially a grid of boxes with one box for each character you want to include in your font. After creating the template and printing it out you need to handwrite each letter into the boxes. Then scan it back into your computer to create the font.

Calligraphr gives you a huge amount of control over the template, letting you choose exactly which characters you do and don’t want to include in your font. With a free account, you can have up to 75 characters in a single font.

Click the Templates button in the top-left corner to create a new template, then choose the characters you want from the sidebar. We suggest you add Minimal English and Minimal Numbers, which brings you up to 70 characters.

Calligraphr custom font template creation page

Click a character you don’t want to and Delete it from the template. Then add more character sets from the sidebar. If you signed up for a Pro account and want to include ligatures, select it from the Miscellaneous section.

Step 2. Print and Complete Your Template

After adding all the characters you want in your font, click the Download Template button. Choose a file name and format for the template.

Adjust the slider to change the size of the template cells. These are the boxes you need to write your letters in. If you have particularly large or small handwriting, you might want to adjust the size accordingly. You also might want to make the boxes bigger if you plan to create a calligraphic font. Otherwise, leave it as the default.

Calligraphr template PDF

Finally, choose if you want helplines and background characters. We recommend adding helplines to make sure you write each letter in the same place at the same size. However, it might mean you need to erase them manually after scanning your template. We don’t recommend background characters because they make it harder to create a unique style.

When you’re happy, click Download to save your template, then print it out.

Now use a black pen to fill out the template, drawing a single character into each box. A felt tip pen is better than a ballpoint, but either should be fine so long as you make sure each line is clearly drawn.

Completed handwriting font template

Step 3. Upload and Edit Your Handwriten Font

After completing the font template, scan it or take a clear photo, then save that file to your computer. In the Calligraphr web app, click My Fonts followed by Upload Template. Select the picture of your font template, then wait for Calligraphr to process it.

After the processing is complete, Calligraphr shows an overview of each character in your custom font. You can delete characters from this page, but we suggest you see if you can fix mistakes from the edit page rather than deleting anything.

Choose to Add Characters to Your Font to finish the upload.

Calligraphr font import page

Click a character and select Edit Character to make adjustments. You can draw new lines using various brush shapes and sizes or click the Erase button to clean up the scan. Make sure you edit each of your characters for the best custom font.

You should also use the Adjust Baseline/Size menu to ensure each character is the same height and size as all the others. This screen shows your selected character in a row with the rest of the font. Use the arrows to adjust the baseline or size for better consistency.

Baseline and Size adjustments for custom font

Step 4. Build and Export Your Custom Font

After editing each of your characters, click the Back button and choose to Build Font to turn your handwriting into a font.

If you chose to add variants—which you can do by uploading multiple font templates one after another—enable the option to Randomize Characters. That way your font doesn’t use the same variants too often.

Click Build and wait for Calligraphr to finish turning your handwriting into a font. When it’s complete, make sure it looks good in the preview, then download the TTF or OTF file.

Build Font window to create custom handwriting font

Open the font file on your computer and follow the prompts to Install it. After this, it should be available in all your apps. You can also install fonts on your iPhone or iPad.

Get More Free Fonts to Add to Your Collection

Now you know how to make your handwriting a custom font. Use it to personalize everything from wedding invitations to business cards. But don’t feel you need to use it for everything.

Calligraphr lets you create as many custom fonts as you like, so you could repeat the steps above for multiple different handwriting styles. If you don’t have that much creativity in you, take a look at the best free font websites to use other people’s fonts instead.

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Font-Pairing Strategies and Tools for Perfect Font Combinations

Your choice of fonts sets the tone for how your document, website, or other design looks. Is it fun and friendly, slick and creative, or serious and formal?

As a general rule you’ll want to use two or three fonts in your project. But how do you know which to choose, and what font pairs go well together?

In this article, we’ll discuss font-pairing strategies and tools that will help you find the perfect font combinations to use in your project.

A Typography Primer

There are terms we use throughout this guide that might be helpful to explain…

Font vs. Typeface

The terms font and typeface are often used interchangeably, but they’re actually different things. A typeface is a family of fonts; a font is one of the individual style variations within that family. So, Times New Roman is a typeface, and Times New Roman Regular and Times New Roman Medium Italic are fonts.

Type Classifications

Type Classifications are categories of fonts based on their appearance. A few classifications include:

  • Serif
  • Sans-serif
  • Gothic
  • Typewriter
  • Script
  • Decorative

These are simply the categories of types that you’ll find on various type websites, foundries, and more. A good starting point for picking fonts is to choose a classification that’s appropriate for your project and its subject.

Serif vs. Sans-Serif

One of the most common classifications for typefaces is serif versus sans-serif. Not sure what the difference is? A serif font has fine lines at the tips of the letters. A sans-serif font doesn’t have any extending features.

difference between serif and sans-serif font


Superfamilies are a group of typefaces that fall under several classifications. The typeface will start with the same basic shape and then will have elements added to it to fit a specific classification. A common example of a superfamily is the Lucida Superfamily.

Also, if you’re interested in the technical aspect of fonts, you can read about the difference between OTF and TTF fonts.

Choosing Your First Typeface

Some typefaces make things a little easier by seeming to have only one purpose in life. If you’re considering Copperplate Gothic, you’re probably designing a steakhouse menu or something to do with a bank.

copperplate font pairing

Unfortunately, it’s rarely that easy. If you’re having trouble finding an appropriate candidate, consider doing a little research. Look for examples that can help point you in the right direction.

Remember, you’re not looking to copy, you’re looking for inspiration. The chances are someone has solved this problem before, and their solution could help inform yours.

Once you’ve chosen that first typeface, it’s time to think about its complement.

Picking a Font Pairing

There are plenty of guidelines for figuring out which fonts pair well together. Some of these guidelines can be combined, and others contradict one another.

While there are some things that should absolutely be avoided when it comes to font pairing (like using way too many fonts), there are other guidelines that are more flexible, and depend largely on the mood or purpose of your design.

Here are a few to keep in mind.

1. Create Contrast

“Opposites attract” is definitely true when it comes to fonts. You don’t want to use options that are too similar. It either simply won’t add anything to your design or it will look slightly off.

strategies and tools for perfect font combinations sketch handwritten fonts

Instead, pair a swirly font with a bold one. Pair a light and airy font with a thick one. Hook your serif typeface up with an elegant, cursive option. Pair a slab serif with a handwriting font, like in the example above.

Or combine narrow with wide—a good font pairing for Copperplate is something thinner like Helvetica Condensed.

2. Keep It In the Family

One of the easiest things you can do is to simply limit your choices to one typeface and vary the fonts by changing the size, weight, or slant. This might not be the most creative choice, but it’s the simplest way to create a bit of diversity with your text.

Some typefaces have a pretty extensive set of fonts. Bebas Neue, for example, comes in a variety of weights. Combine Bebas Neue Bold with Bebas Neue Light in different sizes and you’re one step closer to a great design.

strategies and tools for perfect font combinations bebas neue

While Bebas Neue is a capitals-only typeface, you can also play around with capitalization as a way to add some interest to your design.

If you want a little more variety, but find that keeping it in the family works best for you, look for superfamilies. The Lucida Superfamily includes Sans, Serif, Typewriter Sans, Typewriter Serif, Math, and other typefaces.

3. Combine Serifs and Sans-Serifs

A quick and effective way to create contrast is to pair a serif font with a sans-serif font. As you can see in the example below a good Calibri font pairing is a serif font like Times New Roman:

strategies and tools for perfect font combinations sans with serif

One of the easiest ways to select complementary serif and sans-serif options is to keep it in the superfamily. Viget provides an extensive list of superfamilies that can be useful, and ensures your fonts complement one another.

4. Limit Yourself to Two or Three Fonts

You’ll be hard pressed to find a professional designer who doesn’t live by this cardinal rule of typography. If you’re combining fonts, you’ll want to limit yourself to two or three.

If your design contains a header, subheader, and body, you can use three different fonts. You’ll probably want to stick to just two if your design is less text-heavy.

There are exceptions to the rule, but only in very particular kinds of design.

Font-Pairing Inspiration and Ideas

Finally, if you still find the idea of pairing fonts daunting, there are plenty of font-pairing tools out there to help you make sure little Calibri doesn’t end up running with a bad crowd.

Canva’s Font Combinations

Canva’s Font Combinations lets you select your first choice and makes suggestions on what its partner should be. It uses the fonts available through the Canva design tool, so some common typefaces are not included.

canva font pairs

The website is divided into two sections. The first section features font combinations from around the web as a source of inspiration. The other section features lists of fonts that pair well together based on the function, such as whether they will be used for header or body text.

typio font pairs

Just My Type

If you find yourself designing in the Adobe suite of programs, Just My Type will come in very handy. The site offers pairing suggestions for Adobe’s Typekit fonts as well as from Hoefler and Co’s Cloud Typography service.

Hoefler and Co. also has a really handy guide on picking “font palettes” They recommend combining fonts from the same historical period with different features or similar line quality with different textures. The font suggestions come from Hoefler and Co., but you can apply the rules to other fonts.

justmytype font suggestions


As with most things visual, Pinterest is a great source of font-pairing inspiration. Just search for “font pairing” or “typography” and you’ll find a ton of great suggestions.

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Type Connection

Make a game of pairing fonts with Type Connection. The website lets you choose your first font, and selecting your second becomes something of a “choose your own adventure.”

Do you want to go with something that comes from the same family, a similar font, a contrasting font, or dip into the past?

strategies and tools for perfect font combinations typeconnection

Google Type

If your font source of choice is Google Fonts, Google Type is a great source of inspiration for how these fonts pair well together. Using text from Aesop’s Fables and photos from Unsplash, the site is a visual inspiration for how Google Fonts play well together.

google type font pairing

Font Pair is another handy tool for Google Web font users, making suggestions for header and body font choices that pair well.


Typespiration gives you ideas not only for how to combine fonts, but also throws in color schemes for good measure. It’s especially good for web design, as the samples give you an idea of what your articles will look like using certain combinations.

font pairing typestation

Web Font Blender

Web Font Blender doesn’t make the suggestions for you, but it allows you to play around with different Google Fonts and preview them with sample heading, subheading, and body text. As a bonus, it generates the CSS you would need to use these fonts in an online design.

strategies and tools for perfect font combinations web font blender

Find the Right Fonts

So now you know what to look for when choosing the fonts for your project. But what’s the best place to find those fonts to use?

Our guide to the best Google fonts will help you find some fantastic free fonts for websites and presentations.

And if you want an even bigger range to choose from, check out our list of the best websites to download and use free fonts.

Image Credit: mrdoomits/Depositphotos

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