Welcome to the licensing page for Typodermic Fonts! Let’s dive right into the world of commercial font licenses. In general, you’ll find four main categories: desktop, web, e-book, and application. Not all our fonts come with the same license agreement—it varies depending on where you got the font from.
Did your font come with a license agreement? Great, refer to that for guidance. If it’s one of our free fonts, and it didn’t come with a license agreement, no problem at all! You can easily get a fresh version right here.
And hey, if you’re using fonts included with your Adobe CC subscription, you can check out your license agreement on Adobe’s site. Encountering issues or need clarification about a specific license agreement? Your first point of contact should be the font seller.
Now, we know this can be a bit confusing, and that’s okay. If you don’t want to sift through all this information, we’re here to help. Feel free to drop us a message and let us know what you’re planning to do with the font. Just remember to include the name and style of the font (like regular, bold, etc.). We’re more than happy to guide you on this font journey!
A desktop license is the most common type of commercial font license. It allows you to install fonts on your device and use them to create various content. Although there may be slight differences among desktop licenses, they generally operate in a similar manner. With an installed font, you have the freedom to design without restrictions. Font licenses usually outline limitations, rather than specifying allowed usage. Below are some examples of projects you can create using a font with a desktop license:
A desktop license forbids you from generating something that can be used as a font by the end user. Alphabet stickers, alphabet stencils, cross stitch letters, typewriters, and online t-shirt generators are examples of this. Some desktop licenses contain restrictions on document embedding, so carefully read the agreement or ask the vendor what is permitted.
If you are uploading graphics to a website, you do not need a web license. The desktop license is suitable if you are creating a logo and publishing it to a website. A web license is required if the typeface is to be uploaded to a website. When you buy a web license, the font seller will give you a web-formatted font. If you wish, you can also perform your own web-font conversions. Each manufacturer has a unique pricing system for online licensing; therefore, it’s important to compare.
An e-book license is only required if a font is integrated in an electronic book, such as a Kindle. Fonts are never included in e-book covers, images, or graphical headings, thus a desktop license is sufficient. Font providers have varying restrictions and prices for e-book licenses, so it’s important to compare.
Font embedding is the process of including a specific font within a digital document, website, or application, ensuring that the chosen font is displayed consistently across different devices and platforms, even if the user doesn’t have that font installed on their device.
For example, in web embedding, web developers use the “@font-face” rule in CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) to embed a font file directly into a website’s code. This way, when a user visits the website, the embedded font is displayed correctly, maintaining the intended design and style.
In app embedding, developers incorporate the font file into the app’s code so that the app displays the text using the desired font, regardless of whether the font is installed on the user’s device. This helps maintain the app’s design consistency across various devices and operating systems.
To use a typeface in your app, video game, or other software, you must obtain an application license. Application licenses vary between providers, so it’s wise to explore different options. If your software enables users to “create something” like graphic designs, forms, custom t-shirts, or CAD projects, you’ll need a custom license to cover these creative capabilities.
If your requirements aren’t met by the desktop, web, e-book, or application license conditions, see what’s available through each font vendor’s shopping cart system. If you are unable to locate a suitable license, contact Typodermic, and we’ll explain the options to you.
The free fonts from Typodermic include a desktop license. Commercial or personal use does not require special permission. There is no distinction between the desktop license for a free typeface and the desktop license for a purchased font. You can perform the same things with a free font that you can do with a paid font.
You may notice various modification restrictions in the license agreement. These constraints apply to the font itself. In this case, modification is the process of loading a font into font editing software and altering it. It does not refer to creating a headline or logo and altering the shape of the characters. If you’re designing something, you can adjust the shapes of the characters however you want. Please contact us if you need to make modifications to the font itself.