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By Kendall

The next in the series on cool fonts, this post features old English fonts and script fonts that work well with old English fonts. I’ll go into more depth on script fonts and fancy fonts in a future post, but here are my favorite fonts when working with an antique/vintage-type design. Most of these are free fonts, but some are paid. Make sure to check copyright and usage allowances on free fonts before using for commercial purposes.

Old English Fonts

Old English fonts are traditionally understood as those that appear distinguished and are written in a formal calligraphic hand. They tend to have many extenders and serifs. In this post, I’ve branched out from the traditional old English categorization and included some other fonts that look antique (jagged edges and somewhat crooked lettering are reminiscent of manually typeset characters used in printing presses). Take a gander at some of my favorites:

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1742 French Civilite by Gilles Le Corre

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Argor Got Scaqh by Jean-Pierre Mallaroni

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Benjamin Franklin by Dieter Steffmann

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Berylium by Ray Larabie

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Charlemagne by Carol Twombly

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Griffo Classico by Franko Luin

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Griffo Classico Small Caps by Franko Luin

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IM Fell Font Family by Igino Marini

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Mordred by Paul Reid

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Powell Antique by Dieter Steffmann

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Teutonic No.1 by Paul Lloyd

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Teutonic No. 2 by Paul Lloyd

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Teutonic No. 3 by Paul Lloyd

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Teutonic No. 4 by Paul Lloyd

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Ugly Qua by Manfred Klein

Free Script Fonts

For this post, I’m only going to focus on free script fonts that have an old English style–those that look old and appear to be handwritten with a quill–again, the not-so-perfect edges, inconsistent character height and spacing… that sort of thing.

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Aquiline Font by Manfred Klein

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Aquiline Two Font by Manfred Klein

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ITC Blackadder by Bob Anderton

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Byron Font by Studio Kmzero

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Hannibal Lecter Font by Filmfonts

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Jane Austen Fontby Pia Frauss

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The King & Queen Font by Brän / Fractal Eye

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P22 Cezanne by Michael Want and James Grieshaber

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Santos Dumont Font by Billy Argel

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Comments

  1. Jason
    10.16.09

    … I also find myself torn between the coffee shop and my dual monitor setup :)

  2. Cyndi Hall
    11.04.09

    May I suggest ABR Viewer as an alternative to loading and trying each brush in Photoshop? It’s free, and I use it regularly. You may find this a great time-saving alternative!

    http://abrviewer.sourceforge.net/

    Hope it helps!

  3. Kendall
    11.04.09

    Thanks for the referral, Cyndi! I’ll have to spend some time tonight trying it out.

  4. 4elves
    02.11.10

    I love you to pieces man!!

  5. Lia
    10.14.10

    I wished and wished for a Mac, then was given one at work.

    So I moved all my files over.

    I HATE it. I’m a designer. I have about 50 folders for 50 different projects. I name the banner psd “banner.psd” for all of them. Try and search for them all, yeah the Mac finds them but then you have to do “get info” for each one (or change some such setting and still click on each to see where the dang thing is located. On windows. I glanced at the path to the folder and voila. Yeah changing permissions on Vista is a headache but it’s far better than the constant problems I have on the Mac. Photoshop is twitchy at best, the thing crashes, although my Roku, PS3, Wii, personal laptop all do fine with my wirless, the mac drops it all the time. I use multiple monitors. Oh my god what idiot thought of leaving the application menu on one screen when the application is on another? You can only choose one little sprout because Steve Jobs knows better than you how you should work.
    can’t wait to ditch it.

    sorry tirade over.

    ps tons of free windows applications out there.

  6. Obcali
    11.26.10

    Um… how about not naming all of your files the same name? Sounds more like an organizational issue than an operating system issue, either way.

    I might recommend using an identifier and THEN _banner.psd? I assume it’d be difficult to find photos as well if every picture on a drive had its own folder and was named “photo.jpg”.

    Examples:
    Projectname_size_banner.psd
    Clientname_size_banner.psd
    etc…

  7. Russell
    04.17.11

    Ok, so… I’m a total newbie to photoshop. I have CS5 and a brickton of brushes. I have tried renaming them, but they do NOT show up in the list like I want them to. I’ve played around with it for like a half hour. Can anyone please help?

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