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  1. Hello,
    1.While I want my name to be associated with my blog- I do not want it in big, bold block letters as shown above my header. Support suggested I purchase Typekit fonts to solve my problem. I have been reading "One Cool Site" and have learned that I can choose whatever font I want- but my readers may not have the font I choose- so I must choose a common font. I would like something like Times New Roman- and perhaps an italic version... but I see the fonts at Typekit do not have common names. How am I to know as I choose something at Typekit that I am choosing something that will be visible to MOST computers? Also, I would like to change the fonts in my menu.
    2. If I would like to use some of my simplest artwork for my widget buttons- will it be possible for me to use a jpg over a text link (forgive any erroneous vocab- I've been reading for days and days and hours and hours to try to learn do the simplest things here).
    Thanks very much for any help or suggestions.
    Catherine

    The blog I need help with is edenstream.com.

  2. 1) pretty much anything you choose at Typekit WILL NOT BE visible on most computers. It will default to whatever that computer has installed as the default.

    2) Yes, it's easy in a text widget. You put the image in, select it all, and then just add the link tag around it.

  3. Thanks for your reply. So, I really don't need Typekit :(
    So is my only option to find someone who can help me edit CSS or find another theme if I don't want the large bold type?

  4. panaghiotisadam
    Member

    Sorry, reply 1 applies to CSS editing and inline CSS, not Typekit.

    When you use CSS to specify a font, the font is called from the viewer's computer. Which is why you must restrict yourself to browser-safe fonts installed in most computers - see here:
    http://www.ampsoft.net/webdesign-l/WindowsMacFonts.html

    The whole point of Typekit is that it overcomes this limitation. The fonts are stored in Typekit's servers and they get embedded in your blog, so any viewer can see them.

    Take airodyssey's blog as an example:
    http://airodyssey.net/
    The typewriter-like font is John Doe. You don't have it in your computer but you can see it, can't you?

  5. I did visit airodyssey.net and see the font you speak of. That makes be feel much better as people are paying a dear price for Typekit if they get NOTHING but a good feeling on one end :) :) I like the word "embed"!!
    I can see the John Doe font- but I can do most anything with ease because I'm sitting at a MAC.... which is why this is all so very frustrating. I'm used to designing beautiful things with no prerequisite knowledge.
    I will cautiously go back to figuring out Typekit... but since I am looking for very simple text- would it be just as easy to find someone to help be edit CSS?

    Thanks to both!!

  6. panaghiotisadam
    Member

    Changing fonts via CSS editing requires the paid CSS upgrade while the basic Typekit account (one blog, no more than two fonts at a time) is free.

    Check this list:
    http://typekit.assistly.com/customer/portal/articles/6840-using-typekit-with-wordpress-com
    If you're using one of those themes, then Typekit is easier than CSS editing: you just select the elements you wish to change.
    For any other theme, you need to find and add the right selectors, i.e. you need CSS editing experience.

  7. thank you....

  8. And thank you Panos ;-)

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