11 Best Free Fonts to Use in Videos (See Them in Action)

As a video editor, visuals are everything. From special effects to graphics, everything has to be on point. Text is critical to your videos because it makes it easier for your audience to better understand the message you convey.

However, not all fonts may be suitable to use in videos. Static graphics may allow for fancier and more elaborate text design. From a video perspective, the text comes as an additional element that offers extra information. That means its first and most important criteria should be readability (we are not talking about kinetic typography or other kinds of animation). But what if Arial or Helvetica don’t do the job? Check out this list of fonts available today and find out where to download them.

The has no preferential order. Note that all fonts listed here are provided under the Open Font Licence. This means you can use them for both personal and commercial use. The only limitation is that you can’t resell them as if they’re yours!

Arvo

This is a geometric slab-serif typeface family suited for screen and print. The family includes 4 cuts: Roman, Italic, Roman Bold, Bold Italic. It is a libre font, first published in Google Fonts. The flavour of the font is rather mixed. It’s monolinear-ish, but has a tiny bit of contrast (which increases the legibility a little in Mac OS X)

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Allerta Stencil

Allerta was initially developed for use in signage, designed to be easily and quickly read from a distance. Each glyph exploits the unique aspects of the individual letter so that each can be easily distinguished from any other.

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Cunia

This is is a sans serif font with slightly rounded corners designed by Alejo Bergmann. It contains all capital letters, numerals and symbols. This font is perfectly suited for a variety of display purposes, including logotypes, badges and labels, headlines and banners, prints and much more.

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Montserrat

The old posters and signs in the traditional Montserrat neighbourhood of Buenos Aires inspired Julieta Ulanovsky to design this typeface and rescue the beauty of urban typography that emerged in the first half of the twentieth century. As urban development changes that place, it will never return to its original form and loses forever the designs that are so special and unique. The letters that inspired this project have work, dedication, care, colour, contrast, light and life, day and night.

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Raleway

Probably one of the most popular fonts of 2019 and 2020, Raleway is an elegant sans-serif typeface family. Initially designed by Matt McInerney as a single thin weight, it was expanded into a 9 weight family by Pablo Impallari and Rodrigo Fuenzalida in 2012 and iKerned by Igino Marini. A thorough review of italic was added in 2016.

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Khand

Khand is a family of compact mono-linear fonts with very open counter forms. Developed for display typography, the family is primarily intended for headline usage. Its letterforms are dynamic, and everything is designed according to a modular system. All of its shapes bear a strong commonality to one another, but the typeface strikes a good balancing act and avoids too much repetitiveness. The lighter styles are suitable for short paragraphs of running text, while the heavier styles have been optimized for headlines or single word settings.

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Special Elite

This one mimics the Smith Corona Special Elite Type Number NR6 and Remington Noiseless typewriter models. Special Elite is a perfect choice for a vintage typewriter feel for your videos.

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Lato

Lato is a sans serif typeface family started in the summer of 2010 by Warsaw-based designer Łukasz Dziedzic (“Lato” means “Summer” in Polish). In December 2010 the Lato family was published under the Open Font License by his foundry tyPoland, with support from Google.

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Quicksand

This is a display sans serif with rounded terminals. The project was initiated by Andrew Paglinawan in 2008 using geometric shapes as a core foundation. It is designed for display purposes but kept legible enough to use in small sizes as well. In 2016, in collaboration with Andrew, it was thoroughly revised by Thomas Jockin to improve the quality. In 2019, Mirko Velimirovic converted the family into a variable font.

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Oleo Script

Oleo is a flowy yet legible non-connected script typeface. It is perfect for situations where a quaint and casual lettering effect is desired. Oleo Script will give your videos a more cosy, casual feel, best for family or travel videos.

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Bevan

Bevan is a reworking of a traditional slab serif display typeface created by Heinrich Jost in the 1930s. In Bevan, Jost’s earlier letterforms have been digitized and then reshaped for use on the web, such as opening up the counter forms a little and optimizing the stems for use in bold display typography in modern web browsers.

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Once you install the font files, they should automatically appear in your software. If they don’t, try to restart your computer and everything should be fine.

There are plenty of free fonts out there on the internet. This list comprises our favourites, according to 2021 trends. We hope you will find these useful!

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