Frequently Asked Questions

Which Licence do I need?

For normal business use, a K-Type Commercial Licence costs just £15 (GBP), but you may need an Enterprise Licence costing £180 (GBP) for ambitious projects or extended use. For full details see Which Licence Do I Need?.


Do I need a K-Type account?

No, you don’t need an account to download free fonts, and anyone can buy fonts as a guest. However, creating a K-Type account enables you to re-download the fonts you buy should you lose them.


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What format are K-Type fonts?

Fonts are supplied in the two OpenType file formats – most people will choose the familiar .ttf TrueType flavoured file, but there’s also the .otf PostScript flavoured OpenType. K-Type fonts are downloaded as zipped archives, so you might need to unzip or extract the font files before installing.


Does K-Type supply webfonts?

Licensed fonts may be converted for @font-face use, but K-Type does not supply webfonts since designers often prefer to choose the precise format and glyph repertoire they require. Free fonts must be appropriately licensed prior to webfont use. See Which Licence Do I Need?


How can I get free fonts?

Many K-Type fonts are supplied ‘free for personal use’, for use by an individual, friends and family. Free Fonts can be downloaded from the font page without charge and as long as they are not used for business or publicity purposes, or as webfonts, they don’t require a licence. Uniquely, the typeface created for this website, Sinkin Sans, has been made available totally free for all uses.


How do I buy Pay Fonts?

Choose the Licence you need and add it to your Shopping Cart. Make your payment through PayPal and you’ll then be redirected back to K-Type for a link to your download. You will also receive the download link via email.


Not received your download email?

Check your spam folder, or simply email orders@k-type.com


Can I pay in euros or dollars?

Yes, our prices are listed in pounds sterling (GBP), but PayPal instantly converts prices to your primary currency.


Can I purchase a licence on behalf of my client?

Yes, you can assign the font licence to your client simply by filling in their name and address when you make the purchase. Also, you can request a PDF licence document showing their name which can be forwarded to them as confirmation.


Can our group use a free font?

K-Type occasionally receives requests from non-profit or non-commercial groups who wish to use a font to promote their activities. However, publication exceeds the terms of the ‘free for personal use’ category which simply permits individual usage among friends and family. As stated in the K-Type Licence Agreement, ‘free fonts used for business or promotional purposes, or as webfonts, need to be licensed’.

Sometimes K-Type will issue a free discretionary licence to a good cause, but these are only given to organisations directly created for an explicit and positive purpose that addresses a particular social need or opposes specific injustice. Groups that promote a religious ideology would not normally be included in this category.


Does a Commercial Licence allow me to use the font for a logo? Can I trademark my logo?

The K-Type Commercial Licence covers normal graphic design usage, which includes using the font within a logo design. Of course, while the Commercial Licence entitles you to use the font, it does not give you exclusive rights, so you would not be entitled to trademark or copyright any logo or device which might exclude others from using the licensed font for their work.


How do I use the fonts?

Once the fonts are extracted (unzipped), put the .ttf file in your operating system’s Fonts folder, from here they are made available to all the applications or programs you use.
WINDOWS: Put the extracted font file into C:\Windows\Fonts
MAC: Put the font file into /Library/Fonts


How do I use your Two Colour fonts?

K-Types such as Sgt Peppers, Wildcat, Provincial, Magical Mystery Tour, Flip, Pop Cubism, and Rick Griffin Contour contain sets of two or three fonts, with matching spacing and kerning, that can be overlapped to create bicolour or multicolour artwork. To do this you will need a program or application that uses layers, such as Photoshop or Fireworks. Layout applications such as InDesign will also enable you to overlap colour separated artwork.


Why don’t you spell correctly?

The K-Type Foundry is based in Manchester England, so forgive us if we generally use British English and spell flavour and colour with a ‘u’, and licence with two ‘c’s when it’s a noun. It may be quirky, but it’s quaint.


I can’t find the character I need…

K-Type fonts are normally made with a full set of standard Latin characters, and recent K-Types come with a full set of Latin Extended-A glyphs containing all the common European accented characters. The Indian Rupee sign is present in all recent typefaces, and the new Russian Ruble sign has also been added to our repertoire.

We are increasingly widening the scope of our fonts and some include alternatives or swash characters that can be used by ‘OpenType’ aware applications such as InDesign or Illustrator, but may not be accessible using desktop publishing or painting programs.


I need an extra character

Please email info@k-type.com if you require additional characters. There is often no charge to existing licence holders for adding one or two accented characters. Bigger changes, and additions such as company logos or signatures, are chargeable.