Font Rental Arrives Through the SkyFonts Service

by Johnathan Zsittnik

Introducing the SkyFonts Font Rental ServiceHave you ever eyed a typeface for a specific job but were hesitant to purchase because you knew you wouldn’t have much use for it with future projects or clients? Have you ever been burned by a font purchase because it looked better on the website where you purchased it than it did in your document? A font purchase can sometimes be a big and pricey commitment. So, if it doesn’t seem fair to commit to a typeface that you’re only going to use for a short period of time, or to take the plunge with a font before you try it in your design doc, you may be surprised to hear that we agree. Allow us to introduce you to a revolutionary way to try out and license type.

Meet the SkyFonts service: a cloud-based font rental service made for those who love to try new type. Leveraging patent-pending technology and a catalog of thousands of top name typefaces, SkyFonts lets you try out any font for free. The service activates the actual font data on your machine for a short period so you can try it out in any of your applications. –No images or other hacks. You get the actual font data to experiment with. When you’ve found the right typeface, pay only for as long as you need it. You can rent fonts for a month or as little as a day. Click a button and SkyFonts will activate and synchronize the font on up to five workstations.

SkyFonts Font Rental Service

Browse for the font of your choice. Try any font for free, or use credits to rent fonts for a day or a month.

This represents a radical new way to work with type –and for many, a far better way. With broader and more affordable access to fonts, we expect users to be able to create higher quality designs while saving money. Those who design from multiple workstations will also save time by synchronizing their fonts from their SkyFonts account across all their workstations.

Today SkyFonts debuts in beta. Each month of the beta, our participants will receive 110 SkyFonts credits. Use one credit to rent a font for a day. Use three credits to rent a font for a month. All credits issued during beta will expire at the conclusion of the beta so be sure to use them up! We’ll announce pricing for credits at the beta’s conclusion. If you’d like to give it a go, request your beta invitation on We’ll be gradually working our way through our invitation requests over the coming weeks while we collect feedback, so please be patient. In the meantime, you check out the introductory video or learn more by browsing the FAQs from the homepage.

Johnathan Zsittnik
Johnathan Zsittnik is the eCommerce Marketing Manager at Monotype Imaging. Johnathan holds both a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in business administration from Bentley University.

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10 Responses to “Font Rental Arrives Through the SkyFonts Service”

  1. Pepper says:

    I like the idea but I’m not clear on just how it works.

    I see a type I like.
    I rent it for a week
    Use it in a piece I am putting together.
    (We are an online newspaper)
    The article goes up.
    Stuff stays on our web site forever.

    What happens at the end of the month? Does the typeface we used for the article vanish when the month is up?
    Or is the rental for the period of time we are using the typeface to create articles?

  2. Hi Pepper,
    The SkyFonts service provides desktop fonts, primarily for print design use. You can try a font a for 5 minutes for free, or rent it for a week or a month by using credits. At the end of the allotted time period, the font disappears from your system.

    To use fonts on the Web, try Web Fonts. There are a variety of plans to choose from (including a free subscription) offering various levels of fonts to choose from, monthly pageviews and other features.

  3. Liza says:

    Great idea! I have a question about its use. What about in the case of a stationery designer let’s say. I create a new card or design and use a rented font that I will want to save and reprint in the future. Will the font still be there just in that file?

  4. Hi Liza,
    Most authoring applications including Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office apps will not embed a font in a document by default. So, should you open a document that uses an expired ‘SkyFont,’ the text will display in a default font. Renting the font again will activate it on your system and correct the text.

  5. Lucien Howlett says:

    So I can download a rented font use it on my printed material — output that via pdf for printing and then it doesn’t matter when the font expires because I have printed what I want? Is this correct or is the rental service for proofing purposes only? ie you can’t send anything to a printer…

  6. Hi Lucien,
    Yes, you can use your SkyFonts for print design and convert to PDF for future printing. You would only need to buy the font or rent it again if you needed to edit the document. SkyFonts is far more than a proofing and previewing tool. And we hope it helps you design better and more cost efficiently. Enjoy!

  7. Carla Januska says:

    Great idea! I have wanted something like this for a long time. Is it compatible with Adobe CS 6?


  8. Hi Carla,
    Absolutely. SkyFonts activates fonts on your system so they are available to any application that let’s choose fonts. Enjoy!

  9. Fluid says:

    What type of copyright issues arise on a design that uses a rented font where the rent has expired? Can one convert the text to curves or outlines for use in other designs or printed material without infringing?

  10. Hi Fluid,
    Great question. A font from the SkyFonts service can be converted to outlines for use and printing after the rental period expires.


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