Tutorial Tuesday (PSE and TypeFace 2)

For all the Mac Users – Unlocking Secrets in Your Fonts

I honestly wasn’t sure if I’d get a tutorial out this week. I made a flying visit to BC to check in on my parents (they’re both fine, thank Heaven) over the weekend and didn’t get home until early this morning. But looking through my mailbox led to this!

I was really pleased that last week’s tutorial on using the hidden extras in our font files was so well-received. I had fun putting it together and hoped it would be a good choice. A comment from Carina got me thinking about what might be a suitable, similar font manager for Mac users that could work for the tut the way MainType does. And darned if I didn’t find one! It’s called TypeFace 2, and like MainType they have a free version and a paid version. (If you click on the software name above, it’s linked to the app store.) Of course, the user interface is different, but it has the same options. You can customize your tags so they make sense for you, you can move similar fonts into folders so you can quicken your search for the right one, and you can preview the fonts using the text you’re planning to put into your layout.

Here’s an example of a customized preview.

To be useful for finding, selecting and using the special characters that come with the fancy fonts, there needs to be a way to access them. I will admit that I didn’t test it, but reading the description of the app and some reviews, I’m pretty sure it’s going to work in a very similar way. One other benefit to this one is that it’s available for both Mac AND PC!

Now, for your viewing pleasure, some awesome (totally free) Hallowe’en fonts and dingbats!

This one I found at FontSpace.

The rest are from my second-favourite site, Dafont. You can grab this one here.

This is a bit of a variation on a theme, perfect for bold titles. Get it here.

This font isn’t quite a Hallowe’en one, but it’s very pretty, and the curlicues are reminiscent of the tendrils on pumpkin vines. It’s here.

I like this one for its simplicity, and its slight grunge. Find it here.

What do you think of the Gothic look of this one? Look for it here.

I think this would make the most interesting border on a Hallowe’en layout. You can find it here.

Happy haunting!


  1. I see lots of different fun swirly versions of letters in that October Twilight font!! Thanks.

  2. Cynthia Jones says

    I tried to download Typeface 2, and could only locate downloads for SetApp, with a 7-day trial and subscription after that. I used your link and also attempted to load without the link…no luck.

    Thanks for the font ideas!

  3. It looks like the free download is only available for 7 days … then you have to either buy it for $20 or pay SetApp a monthly fee (which includes access to other Mac Apps. You mentioned that it is available for PC, but I couldn’t find it …
    Thanks for feeding our font addictions with the list of Halloween fonts!! 🙂

  4. I’m sorry I missed the part about the free version being only a trial. Although $20 for the paid version doesn’t seem to be too astronomical. At the very least it provides a versatile font manager for Mac users.

  5. love the halloweenies to add to my collection!!!


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