The font you use for your logo or design is a crucial decision. However, before you use a font to try to earn a profit, be sure it is officially licensed or free for commercial usage. If you are working on a project in Procreate you might be wondering if the system fonts are commercial-free, or if you’ll have to choose something else.
For the most part, the fonts included in Procreate are considered free for commercial use. However, there are a few exceptions. Several of the fonts within the program are licensed for use only within app.
If you’re looking to create a typographical design on your iPad using Procreate, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll go through what typefaces may be used commercially and how they can be used in this post, so you don’t end up in a heap of trouble with your final product.
Are the Default Fonts on Procreate Free for Commercial Use?
By default, whatever art you produce using the tools included with Procreate and Procreate Pocket is your work, and you are free to use it in anyway you choose. This means that any of the fonts, bushes, and swatches used within the program are free for commercial use.
However, Procreate has stated that there are several exceptions. Some of the fonts available are solely licensed for usage within the app. This means that, while they can be used in personal projects, they are not to be used commercially.
These fonts include:
- Eina 01
- Jack Armstrong BB
While the default fonts are listed as free for commercial use, keep in mind that it is your obligation to determine whether a relevant license is available for your usage. If you want to use a typeface in a commercial production, it’s always best to double-check to be on the safe side.
What Does It Mean If a Font is Free for Commercial Use?
A commercial license is required for any typeface used in a design on a product for sale, as well as for your website, logo, or advertising.
Commercial usage licenses allow you to put the design on an item and sell it for profit. Some commercial licenses limit the number of projects you can do with a given design, while others let you make as many as you like.
Can You Download More Fonts to Use on Procreate?
Fonts can make or break your design, so it’s important to make sure you are choosing the right one. If you aren’t satisfied with the selection of fonts on Procreate, you always have the option to import your own.
Procreate supports .ttf, .ttc, and .otf font files. If you are seeking a specific font type, your best bet would be to download one from a reputable site.
Where to Find Commercial Fonts for Procreate
Free fonts appear to be everywhere these days but finding decent free fonts may be a bit of a challenge. Here are some sites to take a look at when searching for the perfect font:
- Font Squirrel
- Urban Fonts
- Creative Bloq
- Google Fonts
- Font Meme
This is only a handful of the sites that offer fonts that are free for commercial use.
In the past few years, several websites have begun to provide additional licensing conditions, such as usage for Desktop, Web, App, and E-Pub. As a result, it’s critical to read the licensing terms on each site completely so you’re familiar with the licenses from each vendor you buy from.
How To Import New Fonts in Procreate
To install fonts in Procreate, you’ll first need to install them in the operating system, Unfortunately, installing fonts on an iPad is more difficult than on a computer. However, once the font is installed, you’ll be able to is it in other applications on your iPad.
First, you need to go to the app store and install the app. Next, open the font file with your chosen application and follow the instructions. When you are done, the fonts should show up in any apps that support them.
After the file is installed on your iPad, you’ll want to make sure to import it to Procreate. To do this, go to the Files App and drag and drop your fonts from On My iPad > Procreate > Fonts. Now you just need to verify that the fonts were imported correctly and start creating.
Creating Your Own Fonts in Procreate
One way to get around font licensing is to create your own font. While it is a bit of a process, you can make a brand-new font in Procreate using your own unique handwriting.
The easiest way to do this is with Calligraphr. Simply write out your letters in Procreate, save the file, then upload it to Calligraphr. Once the file is uploaded, you can make any needed adjustments, then click Build Font.
Calligraphr will give you the option to download your font as a .ttf or .otf file that can be imported to Procreate for use on whatever you’d like. The best part is that you won’t have to worry about licensing since it is a font of your own creation.
Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of how and when to use the fonts included with your Procreate. Many of the typefaces are free for commercial usage, but there are a few caveats to be aware of. Make sure you read the license conditions before using a typeface, so you know what permissions you have.
Keep in mind, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of websites offering free fonts. So, there is no need to limit yourself to only what is available on Procreate. If you’re still undecided at the end of the day, you can always get creative and make your own. This is, after all, the most risk-free option.