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  1. How do I install a TrueType/OpenType font on my computer?
  2. How can I use these fonts on my Windows XP titlebars?
  3. How can I use these fonts on my Mac OS X titlebars?
  4. How come when I send an email or instant message to someone using a certain font, the person receiving the message doesn't see my message in that font?
  5. How do I access extended characters on Windows XP?
  6. How do I access extended characters on Mac OS X?
  7. Where can I download [such-and-such Disney font] for free?
  8. Are the fonts on this website free?
  9. Are there any legal/copyright issues with the fonts on this website?

Q. How do I install a TrueType/OpenType font on my computer?

A. In Windows, the font file must be placed into the system Fonts folder in order to be installed.

Most fonts downloaded from the web come packaged in an archive file, usually ZIP for Windows or SIT for Mac. So the first step is to open the archive and extract the font(s).

Windows Millenium and Windows XP can handle ZIP archives natively. Right click the ZIP file and choose Extract All. Follow the Extraction Wizard to extract the files into the folder of your choice.

All other versions of Windows require a third-party application to handle ZIP archives. The most popular one is probably WinZip, which is free to try but costs $30 to purchase. There are also some freeware alternatives, such as JustZIPit. These third-party ZIP applications are usually more feature-rich than the ZIP support native to Windows, and are worth checking out even if you have Millenium or XP.

NOTE: For America Online users, the AOL software should extract any archives you've downloaded automatically when you log off. The files are extracted into a new folder inside of the folder to which you downloaded the archive.

TrueType font files end with a TTF extension. OpenType font files end with an OTF extension.

NOTE: Windows annoyingly hides file extensions by default. This is a security risk; you should always show extensions to avoid confusion over file formats. In any Explorer window (ie. My Computer), open the Folder Options dialog (either in the View or Tools menu), click the View tab, and uncheck the box that says "Hide file extensions for known file types."

In most installations of Windows, the system Fonts folder is C:\Windows\Fonts. An easy way to navigate to the Fonts folder, regardless of where it might be on your particular system, is to go to the Control Panel (Start Menu, Settings, Control Panel) and double-click the Fonts icon (if you don't see a Fonts icon in Windows XP, click Switch to Classic View in the top left corner of the Control Panel).

The File menu in the Font folder contains a handy dialog for installing fonts (File, Install New Fonts). The dialog box is a bit backwards, so start at the bottom — select the drive and folder where the font is located. The font(s) should then appear in the list at the top. Select the font(s) (or click Select All) and then click OK. The font(s) should now be installed and ready to use in applications. You may need to restart any applications that were running during the font installation before they will see the newly-installed fonts.

Alternatively, if you're comfortable using Windows Explorer and a mouse, you can simply drag the font from its original folder into the Fonts folder.

To make a font available temporarily without actually installing it, simply double-click on the font file to open a preview window. The font should then be available to use in any application opened thereafter, until the preview window is closed. Note that once the preview window is closed, the font will no longer be active, and any text set in that font will be displayed with a default system font.

Q. How can I use these fonts on my Windows XP titlebars?

A. See this step by step tutorial for instructions on how to set Waltograph UI as your Windows XP titlebar font. Waltograph UI was designed especially for this type of screen use. You can experiment with other fonts installed on your system; however, certain fonts are better suited than others.

Q. How can I use these fonts on my Mac OS X titlebars?

A. There is a free utility for Mac OS X called TinkerTool. Similar to Windows' TweakUI applet, TinkerTool unlocks access to some of OS X's hidden settings, including the ability to change many of the default system fonts.

Q. How come when I send an email or instant message to someone using a certain font, the person receiving the message doesn't see my message in that font?

A. The recipient of the message must also have the font installed in order for it to display on his or her computer.

This is also true for websites that specify the font in markup. To ensure that the proper font appears on your web page, you must create a graphic file or embed the font within a Flash file (see Mike Davidson's sIFR for an elegant Flash embedding method).

Q. How do I access extended characters on Windows XP?

A. You can use keyboard shortcuts for many of the extended characters; this is done by holding down the Alt key while typing in a four digit character code on the numeric keypad. The codes for some of the special characters are listed in the text files accompanying the fonts on this website.

To get a better look at all of the characters available in a font, use the Character Map utility included with Windows (Start Menu, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Character Map). Choose the font from the drop-down menu, then click on any character to see a larger sample. Double-click on the character to add it to the Characters to copy field at the bottom. Then click the Copy button to copy the character(s) to the system clipboard so that you can paste them into your application. You might also note that the keyboard codes for selected characters are listed at the bottom right side of the status bar.

Some applications have their own character palette. Current versions of Adobe Illustrator and InDesign feature a Glyph Palette, which can be toggled in the Window menu. Some Microsoft Office applications have an Insert Symbol/Special Characters dialog that features similar functionality.

Q. How do I access extended characters on Mac OS X?

A. Mac OS X has a Character Palette that displays and inserts extended characters. In many applications, the Character Palette can be accessed from the Edit menu under Special Characters, or with the keyboard shortcut Command+Option+T.

The Character Palette may also be accessed through the Input Menu in the Menu Extras near the clock. To activate the Input Menu and Character Palette, go into the International settings inside of System Preferences. Click Input Menu and check Character Palette (which also automatically checks Show input menu in menu bar). The Input Menu should now be displayed as a flag icon near the clock in the menu bar. Open your program and select the font, then click the Input Menu and open the Character Palette.

Advanced users may find it convenient to toggle the Character Palette using Applescript. Methods for doing this may be found with a bit of searching.

Q. Where can I download [such-and-such Disney font] for free?

A. In most cases you can't. Reasons:

  1. It might not even be a font.
    • Artists (particularly Disney artists) very often design logos and signs from scratch, without using or deriving from any existing typefaces.
    • Sometimes artists use an existing typeface or lettering template as a loose reference for their hand-lettered text.
    • Sometimes artists begin designing a logo using a digital font, then modify the outlines to give the logo more flair and originality.

    In any of these cases, you will not find a typeface that exactly matches the lettering.

    Occasionally, custom lettering may be extrapolated into a full typeface, however:

    • This requires artistic skill and many hours of dedicated work.
    • Many logos have effects, styles, and/or general inconsistencies that make them ill-suited for translation into a full font.
  2. Not every typeface is available as a digital font.
    • Typography has existed for hundreds of years, while computer fonts have been around for only a few decades.
    • Pre-computer-age (analog) typefaces must be digitized in order to be used on computers.
    • Only a fraction of existing analog typefaces have been digitized.
    • Disney still employs a wide variety of analog type designs (especially on period-themed elements, such as Main Street signage).
    • Some companies (including Disney) develop digital fonts for their own proprietary use, and thus are not available to the general public.

    So, even if a particular logo or sign is derived directly from a typeface, that typeface may not be available as a digital font.

  3. Most common digital fonts are not available to download for free.
    • While there are many freeware fonts available, the vast majority of fonts commonly used in professional design work are commercial fonts which must be licensed (i.e. paid for).
    • Some of the more common commercial fonts are bundled with computer operating systems and design software. These fonts are licensed with the software; they are usually not freeware and cannot be legally redistributed.

So, in order to freely download fonts used in logos or lettering for [whatever], one of two conditions must exist:

  1. The lettering is based on an existing font, and that font exists in a legitimately free digital version.
  2. The lettering has been expanded into a full digital font, which the designer has released as freeware.

Fonts that meet either of these conditions are covered in the freeware sections of the Disney Fonts List.

Q. Are the fonts on this website free?

A. The fonts available directly from this website are free for personal, non-commercial use only. They may be freely copied and distributed in their original archives with their accompanying text/license files, but the original author retains copyright. These fonts may not be resold or distributed with any commercial product without consent of the copyright holder. Use of these fonts in for-profit design work is prohibited without permission from the copyright holder. If you wish to use one of the fonts for commercial purposes, you may email an inquiry regarding commercial licensing, describing your product or service and which font you wish to license for commercial use.

The one exception to the above is Bradley Gratis, which is public domain and may be freely used, reproduced, distributed, modified, built upon, or otherwise exploited by anyone for any purpose, commercial or non-commercial.

Fonts not originating from this website, such as the fonts linked from the Disney Fonts list, will likely have their own individual license terms.

Q. Are there any legal/copyright issues with the fonts on this website?

A. You may have noticed that some of these fonts borrow elements from existing designs, to varying degrees. Here are some important points regarding the legality of such practice:

  1. Alphabets and letterforms, by themselves, are not eligible for copyright in the United States. However, font data (ie. digital outlines, metrics, kerning), such as that found in digital font files, may be copyrighted. Since the fonts on this website were created independently and not taken from any third party, they do not infringe on any existing copyrights. They are original digitizations and extrapolations and are copyrighted by their author(s).
  2. Font names can be and often are trademarked — this is why any clone of Palatino must take a different title (ie. Palladio, Zapf Calligraphic, Book Antiqua, etc.). The names of the fonts on this website do not, to the best of my knowlege, infringe on any trademarks.
  3. On the subject of trademarks, it is conceivable that while letterforms themselves are not copyrightable, certain letterforms (or combinations thereof) could be protected as trademarks. For instance, if you were to use Waltograph to type out "Disney" or "Go" and then use such a design in commerce, you could be infringing on Disney's trademark. Even the use of single letters such as the iconic Disney 'D' could be problematic. Thus, I discourage anyone from using Waltograph for commercial purposes.
  4. While the above points are submitted in regard to alphabetic fonts, it should be noted that some of the files on this website contain non-alphabetic images or designs that are possibly copyrighted or trademarked by third parties. Please use these with proper discretion and at your own risk.

Let me state for the record that I am not a lawyer and make no claims to the accuracy of the above information. For more insight into issues of intellectual property law in regards to digital letterforms, read through some of the cases at Luc Devroye's page on copyright and trademark in the type world.

DISCLAIMER: This website is in no way affiliated with the Walt Disney Company.