Quick tip: use fonts that are 'best mates'

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Quick tip: use fonts that are 'best mates'

Most people are familiar with the idea of using one font for body text and another for headings. The standard styles and templates are clichéd, but how do you pick two that work well together?

Whether you're putting together a report, a menu or a leaflet, a good pairing of fonts will help you look professional.

Don't worry if you don't have a designer's eye - other people have put their expertise at your disposal.

Australian online design tool Canva has made several resources available on the internet, notably The Ultimate Guide To Font Pairing which provides 30 great duos along with an explanation of how and when they work.

Creative Bloq's 20 Perfect Font Pairings is another useful source in this regard.

If you want to learn more about making your own selections, the same source offers 10 Golden Rules You Should Live By When Combining Fonts: Tips From a Designer.

Creative Market has compiled a list of 10 Infographics On How to Mix Fonts Like a Pro  - some are this-goes-with-that charts, others explain the theory and principles.

But what happens if you find a combination that you think will work for a project, but you don't have either or both? Don't worry, the internet has that covered too.

Identifont offers an online tool for finding fonts that are similar in appearance to a specified font.

Or if you have a sample of work that you like but you can't identify the fonts, Fontspring's Matcherator lets you upload a sample or provide its URL and returns a list of likely matches and offer to sell them to you.

If you're planning to use a font as part of your house style, it makes sense to purchase (or rather licence) the font from the foundry that created it. But for more casual use, you may be able to find a free font that is very similar. Sources include A-Zfonts, dafont, Fontpalace and FontZone. Just be sure to check that the fonts you pick really are free for commercial use.

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