I've just started off being a freelance graphic designer (wooo adventure), but I've a question about using texts when making logos. From what I understand, Typefaces don't have copyright; so I want to know if I can just use any ol' font on my PC; make an outline of it, then edit it to make a typeface for a logo. Will that do? Or do I really need to start from scratch?


Typefaces do have a copyright, even the ones preinstalled on your PC. This is a bit broad since you did not mention which font you are planning to use. Different fonts come with different legal do's and don'ts. Try looking for fonts which allow personal and/or commercial usage. A good place to find these is Google Fonts or see questions 280 and 16658.

  • I see, so it really depends on the font I intend to use. Thank you for the helpful links Lucian. I guess I'll start collecting fonts that fall under creative commons. I will browse google fonts too.. <3 – Daryl Caberte Aug 23 '17 at 9:14
  • Thank you for being so helpful Lucian... already clicked the check mark :) – Daryl Caberte Aug 23 '17 at 9:21
  • Lucian this depends on your locale – joojaa Aug 23 '17 at 13:36
  • @DarylCaberte be aware that some Creative Commons licenses have other restrictions like making derivatives, using them for commercial purposes or attribution. Make sure you understand the licence of the typeface. Do not assume Creative Commons means you can do what you aked. – Luke Aug 24 '17 at 4:53

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