Best Commercial Use Fonts For Your Merch Shirts

For most people, the basic Photoshop fonts just don’t cut it. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with them, and some of them are okay – but most of them just don’t look right on a t-shirt.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve spent a lot of time looking for the perfect font to use on my shirts. Time that I should have been dedicating to cranking out new designs.

So, I made things a little easier for you. I went through Dafont.com (the largest font downloading website), and spent a few hours this morning compiling a huge list of good-looking free fonts for you to use. I’ll be adding more as I find them, so bookmark this page and check back whenever you need a little font inspiration.

All fonts below are 100% free, and can be used for commercial use.

Enjoy!

Disclaimer: At the time this article was posted, all fonts below were available for commercial use. The owner of these fonts may change their policy at any time, so always do your own due diligence before downloading one of the fonts below. 


Sports & College Fonts

Sports World

sports-world

College Slab

college-slab-sports

Bou College

bao-college-sports

Carved Rock

carved-rock


Bold & Bubbly Fonts

Mail Ray Stuff

mail-ray-stuff-bold

Dimbo

dimbo-bold

Super Mario 256

super-mario-256

Riffic

riffic-cartoon

Foo

foo-cartoon

Brady Bunch

brady-bunch-bold

Big Bottom Bold

big-bottom-cartoon-bold

Yikes

yikes-bold

AKA Potsley

aka-potsley-cartoon

 


Calligraphy Fonts

Exmouth

exmouth-calligraphy

Gabrielle

gabrielle-calligraphy

Bolina

bolina-calligraphy

Zenith CP

zenith-cp-calligraphy


Curly Fonts

Betty

betty-curly

A Yummy Apology

a-yummy-apology-curly

Curely

curely-curly

Cirkus

cirkus

Castal Street

castal-street-curly

 

Arizona Tumbleweed

arizona-tumbleweed-curly


Kids Fonts

A Little Scribble

a-little-scribble-kids


Distressed Fonts

Chinese Rocks

chinese-rocks-distressed

Dot Impact

dot-impact-distressed

Lazy Sans

lazy-sans-distressed

Valu Old Caps

value-old-caps-distressed

Quick End Jerk

quick-end-jerk-distressed

Ruptured Sans

ruptured-sans

Beer Goggles

beer-goggles

Black Rain

black-rain

Heyro Fun

heyro-fun

Vademecum

vedeacum

Pistol Sex

pistol-sex


Destroyed Fonts

Top Secret

top-secret

Tiza

tiza

Swistblnk Monthoers

swistblnk

Wicked Grit

wicked-grit

Times New Yorker

times-new-yorker

Viper Nora

viper-nora

Octin Vintage Free

octin-vintage-free

Minecraft Evenings

mionecraft-evenings

DCC Ash

dcc-ash


Halloween Fonts

Ink and Bones

ink-and-bones

Lunacy More

lunacy-moore

Frazzle

frazzle

Pirates

pirates

Whats Happened

whats-happened

Redneck Zombie

redneck-zombie

Death Font

death-font

Pray For Paris

pray-for-paris

Metropolitan

metropolitan


Christmas Fonts

Christmas Card

christmas-card

Kingthings Christmas

kingthings

PW Joyeux Noel

pw

Christmas Sounds

christmas-sounds

Dickension Christmas

dickension-christmas

PW Tinsel Letters

pw-tinsel-letters

Noel

noel


Other Holiday & Party Fonts

Cookie Regular

cookie-regular

Rum Raisin Regular

rum-raisen-regular

Xperience Pasta

xperience

Hooked On Booze

hooked-on-booze

Heartland

heartland

Paris in Love

paris-in-love

Sweet Love

sweet-love

Cute Heart Font

cute-heart-font


Pet Fonts

Good Dog

good-dog-pet

Bear Hug

bear-hug-pets

Spork

spork-pets


Outline Fonts

Super Mario Bros

super-mario-bros-outline

Ice Age

ice-age-outline

Chlorinar

chlorinar-outline

Comicate

comicate

What types of shirts sell the best?

Before downloading a bunch of the above fonts, read Amazon’s Resource page. According to Amazon, shirts with the following qualities sell the best on Merch:

  • Designs on dark shirts (our t-shirt color selector is organized based on sales)
  • Distressed designs
  • Simple, identifiable silhouettes work well with content that has characters
  • Bold high contrast colors.
  • Larger art elements in the t-shirt design may get better response to online promotions, as subtler designs are hard to see in thumbnail views of the shirt

So, naturally, I chose fonts that fit that profile. There may be a few exceptions, such as if you wanted to throw some calligraphy into part of a design – but for the most part, I tried to find big, bold, destroyed fonts for you to use.

What colors should you pick?

color

Black, navy, and Silver.

Those are the best selling colors for Merch shirts. The first two are the best selling dark colors, and silver is the best selling light colored shirt.

Amazon gives you the option to choose 5 colors. I usually do 3. There’s some psychology behind this, but a lot of people believe that less colors = more conversions. The idea behind this is if you give your customers too many color options, they’ll change their mind and not make a purchase at all.

If you’re doing a white text design, at the very least – always choose black and navy. Silver doesn’t stand out well with white text. The 3rd color is up to you – I usually do grey.

Finishing Up

Need some help installing all these fonts? Check out this short video tutorial I made. It’s pretty straightforward. If you enjoyed this post, I recommend checking out a few of my other posts here.

Bookmark this page, share it with other Merch by Amazon sellers, and don’t forget to sign up to be notified everytime I make a new post.

Thanks for following along! In my next post, I’ll be revealing how Month 2 on Merch went for me (spoiler – it went much better than Month 1)

-Danny

 

Leave a comment



Dick

1 year ago

Danny,
Thanks for the info regarding Fonts. Saves me a lot of time searching for a good font.

All the info your sharing is extremely helpful, especially to those of us trying to get
past that first 25 sales so to tier up to 100 designs.

Look forward to hearing more, especially where to find good designers at a resonable
cost.

Danny

1 year ago

Happy to help!

I personally haven’t outsourced any of my designs yet ( and don’t recommend it until after you’ve created quite a few of your own), but once I do, I’ll be sure to write an article about my process.

Thanks for following along Dick!

Diana

12 months ago

Hi Danny,

I started Merch in August and immediately purchased a design package. Now I’m trying to learn to create simple designs on my own. I’m slowly learning Photoshop… This post about fonts and how to install them was exactly what I needed. Thank you!

Danny

12 months ago

You’re welcome! I’m glad you found it useful.

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