Workplace restrictions & using funky fonts for FREE!!

Oct 28, 2014

Well, my job as a clinical educator requires me to create e-learning content, flyers, jazzy email alerts etc...  But how is it possible to add pizazz with funky fonts if the workplace restricts the downloading of free fonts and adding them to your font folders in Microsoft office?  

Impinging upon my creative juices regarding font restrictions was at an all time high one day and I started thinking.  Ah-oh!  That's what my husband usually says...but this day turned out to be more productive than I originally thought.  And I wasn't forced to comply with the same boring fonts that we all see in PowerPoint any more!  It's like having 590 cable channels and not finding a darn thing to watch on TV.  Lol. 

Back in my MySpace days I remembered that I used generators to generate HTML codes for just about everything, so I thought there must be a funky font generator out there somewhere.  And to my surprise there arevseveral but the best one I have found so far is at  

This handy-dandy website allows you to insert the text you want to use, change the color, the size, and the format of a JPEG or a transparent background file PNG.  It also allows you to do several more neat things to the text but I will not go into those things on this post.  

Nevertheless...once you input your text and get the color you want, click on create and then you can right click on the transformed text and you can save the file as a PNG (which is the format I always use).  

And then you are able to insert your funky font titles or text into the slide just like text but it is inserted as a picture file instead of you typing it out.  This works especially good if you ever have to reuse the text again.  You can save it in a file folder on your computer for a later time if needed. 

3 Replies
Jesi Watts

Yes...I realize that. But for titles, etc...the benefit of grabbing the e-learner's attention vs. a drab boring presentation in Arial outweighed the risk of redoing later. We usually don't re-review our material until at least a couple of it would be good until then.

Jesi Watts, RN, MSN, CCAP
Staff Educator Correctional Health
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David Anderson

Hey Jesi thanks for sharing this tip. I remember meeting you in our Dallas workshop where you first shared the idea.

I still do a lot of my design work in Photoshop so I'm used to editing the majority of images outside of my authoring tool.

I always like seeing how users find work arounds for restrictive IT policies:-)