It is important to get a good preview of your font to see if it matches your design ideas. After all, you would be a whole year older if your had to activate every font on your work to see what it looked like!
Luckily Mac Font Book will save this year of your life as it allows you to easily view any Mac font from your libuary. As usual there are several ways to preview a font and even better than that, Mac Font Book can display the text and styles in three different ways. This way you can just pick the method that works best for you.
Three Different Ways to Preview Fonts in Font Book
There are three handy ways to take a peek at a potential Mac font in Font Book, each with there unique benefits…
▪ Sample is the default option. The selected font will be displayed in the third column and will just show a sample of letters and numbers. Or if it is a symbol font you are previewing it will just shows the standard symbols. Ideal if you are just quickly flicking though.
▪ Repertoire delves a little deeper and as it will display all of the characters available in the font style. There maybe so many characters available that you’ll probably find yourself needing the scroll bar or zoom slider on the right hand side just to get to the bottom of the list.
▪ Custom this is probably the best option if you have a word, title or slogan that you want to design. This option allows you to type in your phrase and it will display a preview of what your text would look like in that font style. You will then be able to flick through the fonts in your font book library and see what your writing would look like in each of them. Making it super easy to source the best one.
Note: If for some reasons your font preview is playing up and is not showing in the third column, just select the options Show Preview and Hide Font Info from the Preview menu in Font Book’s toolbar.