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The OpenType format is one of the two most widely used font formats, the second being its predecessor TrueType. OpenType is a format that is more commonly found in use by typeface developers who can utilize the additional character storage the format has to offer or by users who also utilize the extra character storage for additional, non-standard characters to use in design.
OpenType fonts are only found using the .otf file extension. OpenType fonts are considerably harder to find because the format is still developing and most often OpenType fonts will be converted into TrueType (.ttf) for easier distribution. However, if you are looking to add or tweak a font yourself or get familiar with the OpenType format we have collected 10 free samples of the best Open Type fonts for you to use for your personal projects.
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Odstemplik is a cursive styled, handwritten font that features a lot of flourish in the additional characters provided by the OpenType format. This allows for unique and stylish pieces of text to be arranged for elegant formal documents or something less formal like the typeface of a fashion blog.
Direct Download: http://www.fontspace.com/download/8480/ff9c9e868ff44d1886d8dc291bccc8b0/gluk_odstemplik.zip
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RawengulkSans is a sleek and modern looking font that is reminiscent of simple club logo typography or just a simple sans serif font that could be used in place of Arial for personal and informal documents.
Direct Download: http://www.fontspace.com/download/11268/a5535102423643bfb84191f5db8edd10/gluk_rawengulksans.zip
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ImprintMTStd Shadow is a shadowed font that takes a fancy, classy looking font and gives it some interesting depth. This font is great for any sort of project you would like to create the illusion of the text being pressed into the paper which can be a great way to save money on things such as wedding invitations, formal invitations, and other formal documents where imprints are common.
Direct Download: http://otf.urfonts.com/details.php?font=ImprintMTStd-Shadow
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Adrenalin BubbleOutline is a really fun and science-fiction looking font that is modern, sleek, but a little broken in stylish way. The way that certain letters are off-center or sized differently adds unique contrasts that provide a font that is interesting without being difficult to read.
Direct Download: http://otf.urfonts.com/details.php?font=Adrenalin-BubbleOutline
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DynamocLcDC is a font that mimics LCD lighting arrangements but is fairly simple and incredibly legible. DynamoLcDC is a sans serif font that has a very flat and modern look about it, making it great for use in documents as a replacement for a regular typing font on both formal and informal documents.
Direct Download: http://otf.urfonts.com/details.php?font=DynamoLcDC
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LCDEF is the counter-part to DynamocLcDC. Where Dynamo is simple and normal looking, LCDEF embraces the LCD feel. This typeface is clearly derived from the styles put forth by digital clocks with lines that form each number. However, you won't have any problems distinguishing O's, D's, and 0's in this font because it takes some artistic liberties and smooths out the corners to give each letter a unique look to avoid confusion.
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Marker-Fat is a graffiti style font that is legible without giving up any of its urban inspired style. Each character has a great look to it that is really cohesive when used together. Anyone looking for a font to add to their graffiti inspired font collection or urban inspired projects should definitely give this typeface a shot.
Direct Download: http://otf.urfonts.com/details.php?font=Marker-Fat
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LydianMTStd-Cursive is a lovely cursive, handwritten font that beams elegance over whatever formal projects you can find use for it. Each character seamlessly ties into the one following it, giving it the genuine handwritten appearance that is sometimes difficult to find. Use this font for wedding invitations or guest books for classy, up-scale events.
Direct Download: http://otf.urfonts.com/details.php?font=LydianMTStd-Cursive
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Holstein Regular is an abnormal font that is perfectly legible. It's definitely styled toward those of the Goth or horror themed persuasions as is utilizes blurry effects and inconsistent strokes to give it an air of drama. I can personally say that this would be a great font to use for independant artists, specifically in music or film. It's informal and casual enough that it can be used for titles and logos for the aforementioned projects.
Direct Download: http://www.fonthead.com/fonts/Holstein
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Spillmilk is another font that is similar in style and function as Holstein Regular in that it is creepy and dramatic, but is definitely cleaner, more slender, and less blurry. It's got more of a Halloween theme to it that can be used for Halloween parties or dark and horror themed projects.
Direct Download: http://www.fonthead.com/fonts/SpillMilk
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