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Getting To Know Nimble: Fonts


Welcome to Getting to Know Nimble, a special series full of tips and tricks to make our new Design Lab work for you. In this series, we'll take a look at everything the Nimble Design Lab has to offer, what it can do, and how you can utilize its features to make your blog stand out. Check out the rest of the posts in this series here!

As you've learned in other posts in our Getting To Know Nimble series, there's a lot that Nimble can do.  Now is the time to learn about another important feature: Fonts!

The Nimble Design Lab comes with 160 pre-installed fonts in four styles: Handwritting, Display, Serif, and Sans Serif.  You can view them all by clicking Fonts when on the Style tab.

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When you're working on your blog's design, it's easy to see which font is applied to a section of your blog.  Just click the text and the information will be shown on the right hand side.


For the font that has already been applied to the text, you can change its color or size.  You can also choose another font to use entirely.

To change the font, simply click the Fonts menu at the top of the sidebar again and scroll through until you see the one that you prefer and click its name.  It will then show that the font is the active font:


If you want to use this font for all text on your blog, simply click the "Apply active font to all elements" link.  To selectively apply the font to only specific areas on your blog, simply click the relevant section on the live preview and the font will be applied.

Even though we have a large number of pre-set fonts, maybe there's a particular one you want to use that we didn't include. Luckily, that's easy to do!

First, at Design > Styles, click the Fonts banner to open the options and click IMPORT. Visit the Google Fonts gallery to choose your font.  Be sure take note of the font name.

Back at Typepad, enter the name of the font exactly as it appears at Google Fonts. Click the Import button and Typepad will look for the font. Once the font is found, you'll see the font listed below. Click on the font name to activate it and proceed with applying the font to elements of the design as we previously discussed.

160 fonts is a lot to go through, so we've also got font collections, where we've already pre-assembled fonts that go together for you.  If you like some, but not all of the fonts used in the collection, you can change any element.

To apply a collection to your design, click on the Collections button and select the Fonts option:


Click the collection you'd like to apply and your blog's fonts will be updated with the one you selected.

As you can see, there is quite a bit that you can do with fonts in the Nimble Design Lab!  Be sure to check back in two weeks to see what our next topic in this special series is on!


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