There are four common categories of commercial font licenses: desktop, web, e-book, and application. There is no single license agreement that applies to all Typodermic fonts; the agreement varies depending on the distributor. Refer to the license agreement that came with the fonts. If a license agreement was not included, get a fresh version here. If the fonts were included with your Adobe CC subscription, check here. You should contact the font seller if you encounter any issues about a specific license agreement. Their personnel will be well-versed in the terms of the agreement and will be able to answer any queries you may have.

Desktop License

The most prevalent commercial license is the desktop license. It enables you to install fonts on your device and utilize them to generate content. While there are minor differences between desktop licenses, they are largely the same. The installed typeface has no constraints in terms of what you can design. Font licenses typically describe limitations but do not specify what you are permitted to do. Here are a few examples of what you can create with a desktop license font.

examples of what a desktop license permits

  • album cover
  • book cover
  • business card
  • clothing
  • decals
  • e-book cover
  • e-book graphics
  • embroidery
  • flyers
  • game graphics
  • lesson sheet
  • logo
  • magazine
  • movie
  • pamphlet
  • poster
  • product label
  • sign
  • stamp
  • stencil
  • tattoo
  • television
  • video
  • website graphics

(Did we overlook something? Please contact us and we will add it to the list.)

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.

Web License

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.

E-book License

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.

Application License

If you want to use a typeface in your app, video game, or other software, you’ll need an application license. Application licenses differ significantly amongst suppliers, so it’s a good idea to shop around. A custom license is required if the application allows the user to “create anything”. Graphic design tools, forms generators, online t-shirt generators, and CAD software suites are some examples of programs that allow users to create something.

Other Licenses

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 the vendor’s customer service. Explain what you intend to do with the fonts, and they will provide you with a correct license and a pricing quote.

Free Fonts

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.

Custom Fonts

Typodermic Fonts does not specialize in exclusive fonts or custom work. However, we can rectify errors and make minor changes. Please contact us so that we can discuss.