Adobe launches 5 fantastic free colour fonts

Adobe has teamed up with Fontself to release a diverse range of specially designed colour fonts that show off the full potential of its OpenType-SVG format – and you can download them for free.

At last month's Adobe MAX conference, Adobe announced that Illustrator will now support colour fonts, also known as OpenType-SVG fonts. These allow users to design fonts with unique colours, patterns and gradients that aren't available in traditional fonts.

Capable of being used in Adobe's design programs including Illustrator or on a website just like ordinary fonts, colour fonts come with colour information built in as standard, to change the way people interact with type.

Adobe's collaboration with Fontself shows the creative community what can be achieved with colour fonts, with the fonts available to download for free this week.

Inspired by geometry, nature, textiles and architecture, the offerings were created by five global artists from countries including Germany, Argentina, Denmark and the US. Watch their evolution in the video below.

As well as being able to download stunning free fonts, by following #ColourFontWeek on Twitter you'll be able to pick up tips and tricks on how to use colour fonts. 

Tips so far include how to create your very own colour fonts with Fontself Maker. This extension lets users create fonts in both Illustrator CC and Photoshop CC.

Do not adjust your set... MEGAZERO is designed to look like a TV set that isn't tuned in properly

Do not adjust your set... MEGAZERO is designed to look like a TV set that isn't tuned in properly

If you're after some vibrant and original free fonts (who isn't?) you've got until Sunday 5 November to head over to the Fontself download page.

The fonts you can grab are Argentinian designer Yai Salinas' circus-like Aires; German designer Igor Petrovic's Constructivism-inspired Popsky; Danish creative Maria Grønlund's iridescent Abelone; New York creative Alex Trochut's TV set-inspired MEGAZERO; and British designer Matt Lyon's playful Playbox.

They're inspiring examples of what can be achieved with colour fonts, plus you can use the fonts for both personal and commercial projects.

Released day by day, be sure to bookmark the download page and check back over the next couple of days to snap up the full set.

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Dom Carter

Dom Carter is a freelance writer who specialises in art and design. Formerly a staff writer for Creative Bloq, his work has also appeared on Creative Boom and in the pages of ImagineFX, Computer Arts, 3D World, and .net. He has been a D&AD New Blood judge, and has a particular interest in picture books.