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1.4 Choosing Fonts

Choosing the right typefaces and imagery is crucial when designing a magazine cover. Clear and clean typefaces are best. Through the use of different font styles and colors, fonts can emphasize certain cover lines.

In this lesson, we’ll take a look at the amazing Envato Elements library and some great font examples suitable for magazine covers.

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1.4 Choosing Fonts

Hi there, and welcome to this course, Magazine Cover Design in InDesign. In this lesson we will take a look at fonts. Choosing the right typeface and imagery is crucial when designing a magazine cover. So clear and clean typefaces are best, not only, but the use of bold, italics, and different sizes and colors can emphasize certain cover [MUSIC] So let's take a look at the Envato elements library, and some examples of great fonts suitable for magazine cover design. So Envato Elements doesn't only have stock photos. They also have fonts and they have an amazing library. You can refine the search by choosing large display fonts. Or only serifs or only sans serifs. So the way that I like to work with the fonts with Envato Elements is through the collections option. So I'll collect all the fonts that I like and the ones that would be suitable for the project that I'm working with. Now the great thing about Elements is that it allows you to download and try out as many fonts as you want. And you can do that by downloading the fonts without a license. And after you've decided which font is suitable for your project, you can go back and license that specific font for a specific project. So for a single fee, you have access to a big big library of funds, stock photos, print templates, that you can try out, and then license the asset that is perfect for your project. This is Roger & Laviena. And this is a beautiful serif font with high contrast between thick and dense. So it looks very elegant. So it's classic, at the same time it's modern, and it has some really cool ligature options. Next we have chequers. And this is a classic sans serif with a twist. It also has some awesome ligatures, ligatures can be really helpful when designing a magazine cover. Because essentially you're designing separate cover lines to be attractive to the reader, but at the same time everything has to work together. Next we have monschone and this is a very minimalist sans serif. It is gorgeous, it's very elegant and modern. It is a little bit quirky but sleek. This is sort of an all purpose font. So it can fit really any type of magazine. Next we have consent. So if you're looking for a Vogue style magazine where the contrast between thick and thin's really big and the serifs are really thin, this is that typeface. So perfect for editorial. It has very special features and it will make your magazine look very elegant. Now let's go to a different style of font, and this is a very high impact condensed sans serif. If you pair this font with any of the ones that we previously mentioned, you could make it work for a fashion magazine. But if this is your main font, you would definitely apply it to something more sporty. It is really thick and sharp. Next we have origin, and this is more of a retro, modern sans serif. Sans serif work really good as large fonts, because they attract a lot of attention and sort of they're imposing. So it's amazing for a masthead. A font that is a little bit let's say normal is hando. This Neo Grotesk font has a big range of possibilities. It has a low x height, large family, so it's really good for long body copy, but also as display font. So you could pair this with one of the serifs that we showed at the beginning. And last we have lufga. Lufga is a geometric sans serif font. It is simple, sophisticated. It has a lot of personality. So for a masthead it would really communicate the style of the magazine. And to me, this says fresh, trendy, and it actually is a perfect future substitute. So now that we've talked you through the important elements and basics of amazing cover design, we are ready to design our own. In the next lesson, we will take a look at how to design a magazine cover with a template. So we'll see you there.

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