What Are the Different Font File Types?
The most common font file extensions are .OTF, .TTF, .WOFF, and .SVG. You'll see these font types used by Apple, Microsoft, Adobe, and Cricut.
Here are the differences between the most popular font files:
- .OTF - An .OTF or OpenType font is usually in a vector format, which means it can be printed in any size without worrying about distortion. These fonts are usually smaller, but also have a wider variety of symbols, numbers, and letters.
- .TTF -.TTF or TrueType fonts are the basic fonts available for free through Apple or Microsoft. These platforms license their own fonts, which means you can use them on any of their programs.
- .WOFF - You'll find .WOFF or .WOFF2 (Web Open Font Format) extensions on graphic software like Adobe Illustrator or Cricut Design Space. The font styles vary from program to program.
- .SVG - An .SVG or Scalable Vector Graphic is extremely useful when creating a website. These file extensions don't rely on pixels, which means the font won't look unreadable on the screen.
If you use Adobe, Apple, or Microsoft, you should definitely be familiar with the file extensions listed above. And that's not even half of the ones available! In fact, there are close to 60 font file extensions you will see across various programs!