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4 Free Western Fonts

written by: Thursday Bram•edited by: Laura Jean Karr•updated: 5/31/2010

Need a little of the Wild West in your desktop publishing projects? There are more than a few typefaces that offer the chance to get your readers thinking of cowboys. These free fonts will introduce you to your options.

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    How to Start Using the Nashville Font

    There's a certain style of block letters that have become the standard for the Old West. Nashville is typical of these typefaces, using block letters with heavy serifs. However, this font takes it a step further by adding a worn finish to the letters, giving it more character. The font is limited to letters and numerals, but it is easy to read — it can be a good choice for signage or titles.

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    Drift Type Font

    Drift Type
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    How to Start Using the Drift Type Font

    Going for an informal look? Drift Type mimics nailed-together letters, just like you might see in a town in the Old West. Ideal for title or accent text, this typeface has a complete set of capital letters, although the style of the characters means that it does not include lower case letters. It does not include numbers, however, and offers only the most basic punctuation marks (a dash, a period, a comma, a question mark and an exclamation mark). There are no other symbols or accented characters in this typeface.

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    Rustler Font

    Rustler
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    How to Start Using the Rustler Font

    Rustler uses the typical style of a Western font, but incorporates an uneven baseline to get a hand-lettered appearance. The style is fun, and the font is actually available in two different versions: the first is solid black, while the second has an added white line to create a fun feeling. Both versions are useful for accent text or even creating signs or headlines. They have a full set of letters and numerals, as well as punctuation marks.

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    Woodcut Font

    Woodcut
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    How to Start Using the Woodcut Font

    With an elegant style not always seen in Western fonts, Woodcut will catch eyes anywhere you use it. The typeface mimics an engraved font, using shadows to create an illusion of depth. The letters of the font are all capitals, but the lower case letters are, in fact, smaller than their upper case counterparts. The font also includes numbers as well as some symbols. It is not a complete font, but it doesn't need to be: setting a full paragraph of text in this font would be overwhelming.

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    Finding More Western Fonts

    There are a wide variety of fonts that could be categorized as part of the Wild West. While they all have similar features, like a tendency towards block letters, the differences can be important as you put together a desktop publishing project. If these fonts aren't quite right, you can find more free Western fonts on directories such as Dafont.






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