When Procreate added the ability to insert text into your illustrations, it was a game-changer. With this new procreate fonts feature you can now create your entire book in one app and I have done so many times with great success! It's super easy too--just tap on an area of the screen where you want your book font to go and choose from their list or import your own fonts!
The most impressive part, however, is that they didn't limit you by making a whole new file type and you can pretty much import any .otf or .ttf fonts and use them in your book right away!
Fonts are a brilliant way to make your writing stand out, especially if you want to captivate young readers.
You can even create your own fonts from scratch within procreate and import them for later use, but I will get into that a bit later! That is an entire world of its own.
In this post, I have gathered a complete resource list of Procreate font downloads that you can use in your next book and how to import them into Procreate with ease! No more spending money and hard drive space on unnecessary apps, just compile your entire book in Procreate.
If you want to jump to the resource list to download Procreate fonts free for commercial use > click here.
Using Pre-Installed Procreate Fonts
Using Procreates pre-installed fonts is simple and easy. They are an awesome solution for anybody who wishes to compile their entire book within a single app and not have to worry about copyright issues coming back to bite them once their book is flying off the shelves - that would be a pain!
Are Procreate Fonts Free For Commercial Use?
Yes, the fonts supplied with Procreate are free for commercial use and you are free to use any of the pre-installed Fonts included in the app for your commercial work. This includes your books, book covers, marketing presentations, etc.
You are also not required to credit Procreate for use of their fonts (or app) in anything you create.
Fonts are no problem unless you try to resell them and claim that they're your own!
Font Downloads: Free For Commercial Use Procreate Fonts
- Font Desk - Font Desk has thousands of individually made fonts for procreate that are free for commercial use. They allow you to adjust the filter to only show which ones are free for commercial use or paid.
- 101Fonts - Similar to Font Desk, you can sort by many different factors including free for commercial use or paid.
- Font Bundles
- Font Space
Where To Buy Pro Commercial Fonts
The top marketplace to buy Pro fonts is on GraphicRiver/Envato
Envato has a very large collection of fonts. The main benefit is that you can purchase just one single license if you just need it for a book or two instead of having to buy the entire font family!
Fonts here range anywhere from $2 up to around $17, however, you can get unlimited access to all of the fonts in their database for a payment of $16.50 a month.
Once you have downloaded all the fonts you need, you can access the license from within your account dashboard and you can use them in your books with no issues.
You can then import the fonts into Procreate and compile your book!
How To Create Your Own Procreate Fonts
You have a few options when it comes to creating your own fonts by hand, and this has been made even easier with the help of tablets and apps such as the iPad Pro, pencil, and Procreate as well as standard drawing tablets and Photoshop.
Once upon a time, you had to print off a sheet, draw your font with a black marker, and scan and upload. No mistakes!
Now, there are several services that allow you to make your digital font and upload it within minutes.
You can make as many fonts as you like!
Some options are;
- Calligraphr (my favorite!)
Now, while I say that Calligraphr is my favorite, I absolutely acknowledge that there are better on the market and some of the others I mention will definitely be more modern and even easier to use than Calligraphr.
However, this was the first app I ever used to create my own font and it actually sealed the deal when I was deciding whether to buy an iPad Pro to illustrate my book or not... Glad I did!
Calligraphr is probably the oldest service out of the four. You can sign up for free and get started making your font right away.
You simply choose the alphabets you want, whether you want caps or lowercase letters and even different styles of the same alphabet.
You then print off (if you are designing your font manually as opposed to on your iPad or computer) draw each character within the box, and upload it.
You can edit things like line-height, adjust character sizing, etc once it is uploaded, and also make other versions such as bold, italics, etc. The fonts can then be downloaded in .otf or .ttf format and used in pretty much any app, including Photoshop, Illustrate and Procreate.
If you want to create more fonts, you will need to pay for a subscription.
The Calligraphr pricing table reads as follows:
|$8 for one month
$4 per month for a 6 months upgrade
|Max. # fonts you can create.
|Max. # fonts concurrentlyNumber of fonts you can work on concurrently.
|Max. # charactersNumber of characters a font can contain.
|Max. # Variants for character randomizationNumber of variants per character used for randomization.
|Adjust letter spacing for single characters.
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Fonty allows you to install, manage and purchase fonts directly from your iPad and use these in Procreate.
You can also Airdrop the .ttf or .otf files straight into the app to manage.
For £1.79 Fonty offers a bundle of over 6000 bundled fonts however, you might want to check the usage rights of these individually as the app does not mention any of this information.
Fontise is a fontmaker keyword that you can use directly on your iPhone or iPad. The fonts you make can be very easily used across apps on your device including iMessage, Keynote, Pages, Powerpoint etc. as well as on your Windows or Mac desktop.
So, even if you wanted to use another program like Apple Pages to write a book, you could import your font into there and format it there the same way.
How to Export Procreate Fonts
Once you have made your font on your chosen app, you will then export or download the file, either .otf or .ttf (I tend to download and install both in case of incompatibility but have not had any issues yet)
Keep this stored in a safe place, although you will always be able to go back and download it again. Likewise, any changes you make will not be updated in realtime and you will need to edit and export, and download a new file each time if you wish to make changes.
How To Import Your Own Fonts Into Procreate
Importing your own fonts into Procreate is simple. There are two ways:
The longer way
- Download and save your file into your file manager.
- Go to the app store and download a free app called FontManager
- From your file manager select to open your font in FontManager.
- In FontManager, go to the 'Available' tab to find your font and click install.
The newer, quicker way that was added in a recent update!
- Download and save your file into your file manager.
- Open Procreate > Click the spanner > Add > Add Text > Import Font.
Well there you have it, where to get Procreate fonts to use in your book, how to install and use them and how to make your very own Procreate fonts. However, in the future, and with another powerful update, I see Procreate offering the ability to make your own font from within the app itself! That will be epic, and I see it going there.
In the future, if this happens, feel free to come back and leave me a comment telling me how right I was!