Are you struggling to find the font you want, when you want it? As a graphic designer, I completely understand. Quick visible access to your options is essential for staying organized and working efficiently. Allow me to give you the scoop on how to organize your font library for free.
Finding the right font for your project is like trying to find a needle in a haystack! With several options, taking the time to click through each one is time-consuming. To better find a font you’re looking for create a Font Library.
How to Organize Your Font Library
To organize your fonts, start by creating a new Adobe Illustrator file. If you don’t have Adobe Illustrator use whatever software you prefer, for this explanation, I’ll stick with Illustrator. When I reference “art boards” you may have to make adjustments, like using a new page, instead.
First, make at least 6 art boards. I made mine 5.5 x 8.5 in. This way it was like a half a sheet of paper.
Next, categorize each artboard with a proper title.
Classics, Serif, San Serif, Slab Serif, Scripts, Stencils and Brushes
You may want to create more depending on how accurate you want to be, but try not to be too detailed.
Now, in each artboard, type out the name of the font that belongs in that category. Next, copy the name and paste it into the font toggle bar at the top of the menu. Select the matching font, and continue doing this for all your fonts on your boards.
This may seem time-consuming, but compared to all the time it takes to individually scroll through each font for every project you work on…trust me. It’s a time saver.
When you download a new font, be sure to add it to your visible font library. Doing one at a time is much easier than trying to add 10-15 in one sitting.
Once you have your artboards finished, it would be beneficial to create sub art boards (smaller boards) to build beautiful font combinations! This can also save you time when starting a new project too. Whoop whoop!
This method works great for me. I understand that it may not work for everyone. I recommend for you to try using FontBase or Suitcase.
I felt like using Fontbase wasn’t must different than scrolling through all my fonts. It required manually organization anyway. Suitcase has a free trial, but I’m not ready to start using it for 30 days then have to pay for the software once my trail is over. However, that’s just me. Let me know what works for you. If there is another font organizer you like let me know, nicely.