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Paul Boag Posted by: Paul Boag On Monday, 26th March, 2012

Picking fonts sucks, but there is an answer

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Picking fonts in Photoshop sucks. The preview of fonts in the font menu is so small that they are pointless. You are also faced with an overwhelming list with no ability to compare and contrast.

The font menu in Photoshop

Fortunately, there are apps that specialise in managing fonts and font selection.

Some of these apps look pretty amazing, like Fontcase, which not only allows you to manage fonts but also preview their use on any website.

Fontcase

Unfortunately for me and many like me, tools like this are a sledgehammer to crack a nut. I am not a designer anymore, but I do need to pick fonts fairly regularly. I don’t want to pay a lot of money for a tool to let me do that and am not interested in the majority of functionality these apps provide.

The solution to this problem is a simple app called Font Picker. At only £2.99 you won’t get the functionality of more expensive apps. However, you also won’t get the complexity.

Font Picker

Font Picker provides large previews of all the fonts you have installed and allows you to quickly narrow down your selection until you find the perfect font.

I am sure I am not the only one that would be more than willing to pay £2.99 to get nice big previews of fonts and the ability to compare my options side by side.

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