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font sizes in the app

PROBLEM: You’re using the Project Life® App on your little phone and adding journaling to accompany the photos is easy-breezy, but since your page is pretty small on your little screen, you’re not exactly sure how that will translate to a full-size printed page (whether it’s 6×8, 8×8, or 12×12). Ordering prints + photo books directly through the app makes the whole process seamless, but how can you tell which font size is the best??

SOLUTION: Something to keep in mind is that there’s no one “right” font size — ever. There are many factors to consider. It depends on the actual font, what size page you’re printing, the “vision abilities” of those who will be enjoying the pages, etc. At the end of the day, you want the journaling to be LEGIBLE, right?

I’ll tell you that for me, most of my app pages are printed 8×8 and the typical font size that I choose (no matter which font) is anywhere between 8 – 10. That’s my typical range. Now obviously, if I were to print any of those pages in the 12×12 size, the font is going to print larger. So the font size 12 on an 8×8 page would be pretty close to the same “real life” size as the font size 8 (of the same font) on a 12×12 page. Make sense?

I want to make it clear that the font sizes in the app are not relative to those in a word-processing program because they scale differently when printed depending on the print size (exactly what we’re trying to show in this post). 

Oh, and guys — be sure to consider limited vision! If you’re making pages for someone who really appreciates larger print (maybe that’s YOU!), then you’re going to want to go bigger. And that’s why we give you the whole range of font options — types and sizes!

That said, I whipped up something that has really helped me and it might help you as well. In the app, I chose a page template that has all 3×4 “pockets” / boxes. I typed out some gibberish text, copied & pasted it in each box and then made each row a font and each successive box (from left to right) is size 6, 8, 10, and 12. Okay, it’s a lot easier just to SHOW you what I’m talking about, right??

I chose 9 fonts in the app (3 per page), giving me 3 app pages of font samples. Then I ordered those prints right through the app, of course in both 8×8 and 12×12 sizes. Boom! I have actual, tangible, real-life, full size font reference pages!

PS — If you are using the app on an Android device, please know that we are working on adding more font options for you. You don’t have them all just yet.  ; )

If you think this would be helpful for you too, but you’d rather not take the time to make the pages, I’m sharing them with you!

Download the sample pages that you can print for yourself right HERE. Save the files to your phone, then go into the Project Life App, tap on the orange collage section, then tap on the little grid icon in the corner, then choose the full “12×12” option. On that page, tap on the little photo icon, and just as you would add a photo to the page, you’re adding the font sample page as a “full photo” instead. Boom. Done. That’s it! Now order those prints in whichever size (12×12 or 8×8 or both) that you print the most.

For you visual learners (that’s me too!), check out this video tutorial where Kari specifically walks through what I just described. That part starts around the 6:25 mark.

Hope this helps! As always, if you have specific questions about the app that we can help you with, that’s what we love to do. Tap on that green “?” in the app and an automatically generated email will come up, where you can ask your question and Wendy will get back to you during typical business hours. Don’t expect weekend or evening responses, as that is when she’s recharging her super powers.


10 Responses

  1. Jen says:

    Thank you so much for this. I’ve yet to print one of my app pages and this is a big reason. I worry about how the fonts will look on the printed final product. Thank you for taking the time to do this to help us out.

  2. Connie says:

    This will be so helpful! Thanks Becky. Love, love, love the app.

  3. JRG says:

    I really wish we could put in an actual number for the font size by typing it in instead of the sliding scale (or the option to do both). I find the slide bar to be very difficult to get exactly on the number I want for font size.

    • Stephanie Moon says:

      Yes! Yes! Yes! I agree with this sooo much!! I spend more time trying to get the font size I want, than I do actually typing out the journalling. It’s so amazingly frustrating!! Please give us the option of just typing in the font size we want. Please!!!!

  4. Michelle says:

    I didn’t know there were fonts available for the android. All I have is a couple of them for my keyboard. Where do I find the fonts?

  5. DJ says:

    Hi guys,
    The like to Kari’s video takes me to a video of using the collage feature, but unless I’m totally missing something this video does not include a walk through of the above info.
    Let me know if there is a different video to access.
    Thanks for all you do.

  6. Marianne says:

    I love this very much, but I was hoping it would have the font name. Am I just missing seeing that?

  7. Lisa says:

    Instead of the slide bar, I think you can tap the font number to fine tune it. I slide to about where I want it and then tap to fine tune. Hope that makes sense. I only started using it last night and I haven’t printed anything out yet so perhaps I shouldn’t be giving advice (haha)!! Hope what I shared was helpful to someone though…

  8. Lori says:

    Thank you!!

  9. I need to tell you: I love this tip!!! I already did mine… I will share my cards in my blog, making reference to this post…
    A question: is there any plan to add more fonts (handscript fonts) with special characters, such as á, é, õ, ê, ç? Sometimes, I want to add a text in the page in my primary language (Portuguese), but I need to use the simple fonts, because only them have these special symbols… Of course I could add them manually after printing, but it would be so much easier to do it at once, when creating the page… I really hope so… :)