FREE FONTS sites on the web are so plentiful you may wonder, "Why should anyone ever pay for a font?"
Generally speaking, most Free Fonts are...
1. drawn by amateurs, students and hobbyists.
2. drawn by professionals, purchased at some point and then distributed free--illegally--over the web.
3.professional, proprietary fonts that have been copied or autotraced and renamed to disguise their identities.
4. professionally designed fonts given away by the professionals who designed them, or the companies that license them in order to promote sales.
Thus, most Free Fonts are usually either poor-quality amateur fonts or stolen property being pirated. The reason for this is that the creation of a high-quality, full-character-set font is such a laborious process that those designers who make a living creating fonts simply can't afford to give their work away for free.
If you ask, "What is the difference between a quality, professional font and a poor quality Free Font?" the answer is "One to two months." That is, it takes about 4-8 weeks to bring a font from rough concept to a flawless final product, properly rendered and fully kerned.
At left, screen shots of bad web fonts, illustrate the difference between amateur and Free Fonts and fonts of professional quality.
DIMENSIONAL B (Portion)
Remember, Free Fonts may look okay at small point sizes on the web, but will bring down the quality of your work in print or at larger sizes. Experienced designers know better. They know you get what you pay for!
(And now, amateur font designers, you've just been told everything you need to know to make high-quality fonts...all it takes is a hell of a lot of work!)