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There is also some good (and some bad) OS2 fonts at http://hobbes.nmsu.edu
 
There is also some good (and some bad) OS2 fonts at http://hobbes.nmsu.edu
  
Corel font's aren't expert fonts really. They are rip offs of some good fonts and none of them is available in the number of styles one needs for professional work (doing newspapers or a whole bunch of PR-material).
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Despite rumours to the contrary, CorelDraw fonts are high quality Bitstream fonts which have been used by pre-press folks for years without incident.  
  
 
So http://fontshop.de is a good place to go, but you might also have a look at http://linotype.com, http://lucasfonts.com and maybe http://fontfabrik.com  (they only retail). They are all German companies offering some really nice fonts, that unfortunately aren't affordable for everybody, because they are quite expensive.
 
So http://fontshop.de is a good place to go, but you might also have a look at http://linotype.com, http://lucasfonts.com and maybe http://fontfabrik.com  (they only retail). They are all German companies offering some really nice fonts, that unfortunately aren't affordable for everybody, because they are quite expensive.

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This article is part of the FAQ series.
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Where can I get good fonts?

There are some great donated URW fonts from Artifex (makers of GhostScript and GhostPCL) that are well worth grabbing. There are some good quality fonts in there, like Clarendon, URW Bookman, and Antique Olive. See Web Links on www.scribus.net for those and several other sources of fonts and font information.

The very prolific and very gifted type designer Manfred Klein has put a huge collection of high-quality TrueType fonts on the web at his Fonteria. (TypeOasis, the site that hosts the Fonteria, has nice work by other designers, too.) Perhaps the best thing about Klein's selection is the large number of good text fonts that take off in subtle ways from classical serif faces. He offers the fonts "free for private and charity use. They are even free for commercial use – but if there’s any profit, pls make a donation to organizations like 'Doctors Without Borders.'"

The MS Core TrueType fonts might be useful too, though as far as I know they're not really designed for print use.

Corel WP has the TTF fonts and Corel Draw has the TTF plus PS fonts. At least this is true for WP 8 and Draw 8. The fonts are in their own folders and can be copied WITHOUT installing the product anywhere.

Adobe Illustrator has fonts (Adobe garamond etc.), also Adobe Type Manager (full product) has fonts but it is no longer compatible with XP since XP uses Open Type now.

There is also some good (and some bad) OS2 fonts at http://hobbes.nmsu.edu

Despite rumours to the contrary, CorelDraw fonts are high quality Bitstream fonts which have been used by pre-press folks for years without incident.

So http://fontshop.de is a good place to go, but you might also have a look at http://linotype.com, http://lucasfonts.com and maybe http://fontfabrik.com (they only retail). They are all German companies offering some really nice fonts, that unfortunately aren't affordable for everybody, because they are quite expensive.