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5 Beautiful Free Fonts for Valentine’s Day Slideshows

Looking for some great fonts for your Valentine’s Day slideshows? Look no further! We’ve rounded up 5 beautiful, free fonts that are perfect for adding a title slide or photo caption to your ProShow slideshows. And…with ProShow 6’s expanded font support, you can now install and use OTF (Open Type Fonts) like the ones below. A designer’s dream come true!

1. Matchbook

Match book free font download
Add a contemporary and refined look to your slideshows with the Matchbook font. Its curved edges and mordern look make it a perfect choice for young couples, portrait slideshows and more. Like the layout of the slide? We used the slide style ‘Full Length Portrait Caption 1‘ which is built into ProShow Producer 6.

2. Scriptina Pro

Free Scriptina Pro font
Scriptina Pro is a gorgeous script font that’s perfect for title slides or highlighting headlines or names above photo captions. Tip: Use it sparingly so you don’t overwhelm your audience and use a large font size so it’s easy to read. The layout for this example slide was made with the free Legacy set of effects for ProShow Gold, Producer and Web. You can download the effects set free here.

3. Mathlette

Free valentine's day fonts for slideshows
Mathlette is a fun and quirky font with a hand-written look. Use it to caption a photo or as a the focus of a title slide. The layout shown in this example was created using the ‘Vintage 12‘ slide style found in StylePack Vintage.

4. League Script

Free valentine's day fonts for slideshows
Like the look of a hand-written note? League Script is a great way to add a special message to any photo. Use a slow ‘Fade Right’ caption effect to make your caption appear as though it’s being slowly written across the screen in your slideshow.

5. Seaside Resort

Free valentine's day fonts for your slideshows.
Seaside Resort has a 1920’s feel, reminiscent of fancy, old-school jazz clubs. Work this font into your slideshows when you want to accent a photo, make a big splash with a title slide and more. The sample in the slide above was created using the new ‘Text Layer Title 1’ slide style built into ProShow Producer 6.

See the Fonts In-Action


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Looking for more free fonts for your slideshows? Check out our round-up of Big + Bold fonts and Holiday fonts.

 

The Psychology of Font Choices

 (infographic via the daily egg)

We’ve talked before about how to spruce-up text and titles in your slideshows in this article on our blog. But, your choice of font in a slideshow can also have a big impact on your audience. We recently came across this useful article that explains the psychology of font choices and which fonts you should be using to pull the right emotions from your audience.

For example, Times New Roman is seen as traditional and a font like Century Gothic is seen as chic and modern. Futura is seen as strong where Edwardian Script is seen as affectionate.

Read the full article here and check out some of our favorite free sources for fonts below!

Where to Find Cool, Free Fonts

For free fonts in just about any style you can imagine — from funky, to retro, to cute, to fancy, the following sites are our top picks for offering the most depth and variety:

Free Font Collections

 

5 Free Bold and Modern Fonts for Slideshows

There’s no use pretending. For all the practical utility we get out of system fonts like Arial and Times New Roman, they tend to lack a certain creative energy. While it’s not a big deal for things like emails and business documents, other more ‘emotionally-inspired’ projects, like slideshows, call for fonts that impart a stronger, more unique personality.

For clean, modern-looking text, use a sans serif font.

Sans serif means your letters do not have the tiny detailed strokes (”serifs”) at the ends of the main strokes. For example, Arial and Helvetica are sans serif typefaces. Times New Roman is not. As you can see, the latter has a more delicate, traditional look that is better-suited for print. For contemporary styling, the bolder and more minimal, the better.
 

 

Condensed versions of sans serif fonts will heighten the impact. Keeping the words uniformly UPPER or lower case will also produce the best results.

Here’s 5 great fonts we recommend, perfect for giving your slideshow a bold + modern style:

Download for free (on fontsquirrel.com / dafont.com)

Download Bebas (.ttf) >

Download Open Sans Condensed (.ttf) >

Download Dejavu Sans (.ttf) >

Download Lane (.ttf) >

Download Libby (.ttf) >

 

Other recommendations:

Impact, Univers, Gill Sans, Frutiger, Abadi
(If you do not already own these fonts, they are available for purchase at major type foundries online)

(ProShow accepts any installed TrueType / TTF font)