Google Fonts now fully accessible to design enthusiasts

The company's boatload of fonts can now be tested before a person decides to download and use them for their project.

A look at Google fonts.
A look at Google fonts. Stephen Shankland/CNET

Google Fonts, the search giant's repository for typefaces, has inked a deal with Monotype to make it easier to preview those fonts.

The companies announced the deal on Thursday, saying that when a user now picks a font from Google Fonts, they'll be brought to Monotype's Typecast application, where they'll be able to see how it looks with different messages, modify size and width, and export that code to a file format of their choosing.

Google Fonts has been growing, but one of its chief limitations has been the ability to see for oneself how the font would look for a particular use.

Monotype bases its operation on a $29 version of Typecast. According to the company, the Google Fonts offering will be free, but those who want more font choices can sign up for its paid service.

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