So you have some questions about using fonts as a sticker shop? I totally get it! It can be quite a jungle and all you want to do is make sure that you aren’t breaking any rules and thereby jeopardizing your shop.
This blog post is about just that. Simple things that you can look for when you download and buy fonts online.
Organise your fonts and remember where you got them
So the first thing you need to be aware of is where you got your font from. I always make sure to save my fonts in folders, that I name the webpage I download from. It makes for a huge timesaver if all your fonts don’t have the same or similar licenses. So that is my first tip! Make sure that you can figure out where and when you downloaded them.
Using fonts in your sticker shop
Once you know where you got your fonts from all you need to do is some research. Most web pages have made it simple and easy for you to figure out how and where you are allowed to use the products that you have bought and downloaded.
For most fonts that you buy, there will be a commercial license included. Most often I find that they are quite similar and some of the bigger web pages will have one license that covers all products on the platform. That makes it very easy for you to handle and manage, once you have found a license that allows what you need from the fonts.
As a general rule, you are allowed to use commercial fonts as part of your design. So as a sticker shop you are covered in most cases because you would use the font as a small part of your design, like kits and so.
Free or bought? Why you should buy your fonts
Now as you can probably get from this, I recommend that you pay for your fonts. There is a designer on the other end, who spend a lot of time creating and coding that font. To be a successful shop you need to invest some money into your business. Also, when you buy your fonts, you are much better covered when it comes to commercial use. Also, you don’t risk having downloaded a font wasn’t meant to be free.
There is a lot of fraud out there, and you could potentially lose your business if you go around using fonts and designs that are “free download” from sites that aren’t trustworthy.
So to help you get a better idea of where to look for a license that will suit your needs, I will go over some of the places I get my fonts from.
The Hungry Jpeg
this site has been one of my favorites for a long time. I like to get the font bundles from them, because of the great value and also the license that they provide. On the hungry jpeg, they have one license that covers all products bought on their site.
here is the link to their license: https://thehungryjpeg.com/license/
Look it over and see whether or not it covers what you need. You might not be allowed to do things such as script stickers, but I think everything else is (physical shops) should be okay.
Another really great site. I see this site as a little more professional than the hungry jpeg. I see other designers on this site than the one above. Often prices are higher too! However, I have been a customer for a long time. I have never had any problems with my purchases and the products have always lived up to my expectations.
The link to their license is here: click here
Please note that for fonts and add-ons they have a special license that allows for unlimited commercial use. That basically means that anything you can install on your computer is fair game for multiple projects and end products.
Another great place to find a lot of great fonts to use in your sticker shop. This site is similar to the hungry jpeg where you can buy both bundles and single standing fonts.
You can find their license here: Click here
Using fonts as a sticker shop sum up
So, really what you need to do is be very aware of where you get your fonts from. Then make sure that the license is covering what you want to do.
If you buy your fonts you have a better clue as to how you can use a font and you are more secure in that font being legal to use in the way you want.
Often prices are the same on various platform, so if you find a license you are comfortable with, you don’t have to do as much research in the future, if the font is available on your preferred font web page.
If you are looking for some of the most used fonts in sticker shops you might find this post helpful: 10 Popular Fonts for Sticker Making
I hope you found this useful! If I am missing something or you have any questions, please let me know in the comments below.