There are nearly 100 different fonts that can be used in screen printing. The fonts are broken down into five categories: handwritten, funky, block, distress and script. Each category of font has its own look. When picking the best font to use for a screen printing project, it is essential to look at the project itself. Different fonts send different messages, and it is important to pick one that coincides with the message you are trying to send.
Handwritten fonts are a small category of the screen printing fonts, offering just 10 selections. Despite the small size of the category, it offers a wealth of diversity. While there are a few handwritten fonts that are very clear and easy to read, they are not professional looking fonts. Handwritten fonts, especially fonts like "juice," "subway" and "thug" should be reserved for use in designs targeted toward young people. These fonts can be hard to read, so don't use them for important information like addresses or phone numbers.
The funky font group shares many characteristics with the handwritten font group. While many of the fonts are easy to read, they don't all work for a professional project. Funky fonts are usually best suited for use with a whimsical company name, but they shouldn't be used for contact information. Funky fonts should almost never be used for a professional services company, like an accountant or lawyer. These fonts are better reserved for a store or restaurant.
Block fonts are the largest category of fonts, with more than 30 different styles on offer. For professional services or contact information, block fonts are almost always the right choice. There are a few block fonts that push the edge of professionalism, but as a whole, the category is the best choice. All of the fonts in the block font category are easily legible. However, it is still a good idea to break up a design using block fonts so that all the words do not run together. Either use two different complementing fonts, one for the company name and one for contact information, or change the font size, making the company name larger than the contact information.
The distress font category is exactly like it sounds; a small group of 10 fonts that are made to appear worn or distressed. These fonts must be used carefully in professional situations. The distress font group should be used in strategic designs or in recreating a "vintage" look. The fonts are largely targeted toward teenagers and young adults, much like the handwritten fonts. Distress fonts are often used for band names and thriller movie titles.
Script fonts are often hard for people to resist using because they are beautiful and invoke an instant feel of class and sophistication. Unfortunately, with only a few exceptions, script fonts are incredibly hard to read. Most people will not stare at a sign or t-shirt long enough to figure out what the fancy script lettering says. Use script sparingly. Stick to the simple script fonts if using it for a whole word and reserve the fancy script fonts for initials or first letters only.
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