Lets Get CSS textual content properties, and learn how to use Google Fonts in your web site

Discover ways to change the way in which textual content seems on an internet site, and discover ways to use essentially the most intensive and highly effective free font database on this planet!

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At the moment I’m going to be speaking about text-related CSS properties, in addition to how to boost your web site with this nifty factor known as Google Fonts.

Let’s get going!

Getting began

I like to recommend following alongside in all of my tutorials, because it actually helps you get a greater grasp on the topic. If you wish to observe alongside by this tutorial, right here’s learn how to get began.

First, create a brand new venture folder with clean index.html and fashion.css information inside.

Subsequent, let’s write some primary HTML to check our font properties on. Add the next to your index.html:

Open your index.html file in a browser – it ought to look one thing like this:

A blank page with the text "Look at me, I am some awesome text!" on it

Now we’re good to go!


You might already find out about font-size as a result of it’s a quite common property, however I’ll undergo it anyway (you’ll be able to skip if you need).

font-size is sort of straight-forward, it determines the scale of the textual content. It accepts a worth in any CSS unit. Let’s strive it out!

Open up your fashion.css file, and magnificence the <span> to have a font-size of 50px – see when you can work out the code by yourself…

Right here is the consequence:

The text is now much larger


font-weight units the thickness of the textual content (eg. daring). It takes the next values:

  • lighter
  • regular
  • daring
  • bolder
  • One of many following numbers: 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700, 800, 900

The numbers go from 100 being the thinnest to 900 being the thickest. 400 is equal to regular and 700 is equal to daring. Word that the numbers don’t have a unit after them.

Let’s strive making our font lighter – add the next to your CSS file:

Outcome: Nothing happened!

What?! Nothing occurred! It is because not all fonts include all weights. It is because the designer of the font must design every weight of the font individually, and many font designers is not going to find yourself designing as much as 9 variations of the identical font. On this case, the designer of this font has not made a lighter model – so the browser simply exhibits the closest equal which is regular.

In my next article, I’ll go into the behind-the-scenes of how the completely different font weight information are literally specified.

Okay, let’s strive making our textual content daring – the designer of this font has made a daring model…

Outcome: The text is now bold!

Woo! Let’s transfer on…


line-height principally controls how excessive every line of textual content is. The bigger the line-height, the extra vertical house between the textual content.

Like font-size, line-height accepts a worth in any CSS unit. Let’s strive it out!

To start with, let’s cut up our textual content onto two traces so we will see the line-height correctly by including a <br> in our HTML:

Outcome: The text is now on two lines

Now, let’s strive setting our line-height to 200px:

Now, check out the consequence: There is now much more space between the lines of text

As you’ll be able to see, there’s now way more house between the traces of textual content.

However it’s possible you’ll be questioning – how does the road peak create more room between the traces? It is because technically, there isn’t a house between the traces. The traces are every 200px excessive, and the textual content is vertically centered on the traces. Which means that because the line-height will get larger however the font-size stays the identical, the gaps between the precise textual content will get larger. Here’s a diagram:

Each line has a line-height of 200px, but the text itself is not that high

line-height works properly when utilizing em units as a result of it means you’ll be able to set the line-height relative to the font-size. For instance, line-height: 2em would make the line-height double the scale of the textual content.


letter-spacing determines the quantity of house in between every letter and takes a worth in any CSS unit. Let’s bounce proper in and check out it out!

Attempt giving the textual content a letter-spacing of 5px

Right here’s the consequence: The letters are much more spread out

As you’ll be able to see, the letters are way more unfold out. This instance seems to be sort of ridiculously unfold out to make the letter-spacing clear, however typically it’s good for minor changes (related factor goes for line-height).


The font-family tells the browser which font to show the textual content in. Listed below are the default fonts obtainable:

  • serif
  • sans-serif
  • cursive
  • fantasy
  • monospace

Let’s strive setting our font to fantasy (don’t ask me why it’s known as that):

Right here is the consequence: The text is now in the 'fantasy' font from above!


Word that the default fonts could be completely different on completely different computer systems or browsers as a result of it’s what the browser deems to be the default font for that class. Usually, the fonts will look related although.

You can even specify any font title that’s put in on the pc system (if the font title comprises an area, encompass it with quotes eg. font-family: "Fashionable Sans"). The issue is, the font is not going to work if it’s not put in on the consumer’s machine. That is the place Google Fonts is available in…

Google Fonts

Google Fonts

Google Fonts is a library crammed with hundreds of superior (and free ???? ) fonts.

Speaking of free: At all times watch out when utilizing a font on-line, typically the license doesn’t permit it for use on-line or for business use, or you will have to purchase a license. Fortunately all of the fonts on Google Fonts are utterly free, so that you don’t have to fret!

The advantage of utilizing a font from Google Fonts is that they host and create a font stylesheet for you. Which means that all that you must do is hyperlink to one in all their information and the font will work for everybody – even when the consumer doesn’t have it put in on their laptop.

Let’s add a font from Google Fonts to our web site!

To start with, go to the Google Fonts website when you haven’t already. Whenever you get there, you will note a bunch of font specimens:

Google Fonts

There’s additionally a search field and lots of superior filters to seek out your favourite font – you’ll be able to even filter by issues corresponding to thickness or width!

On this case, I’ve chosen the font Ribeye Marrow. You may both observe together with me utilizing that font or decide your individual.

Upon getting a font, click on the crimson plus button – the picture beneath exhibits learn how to do it on a selected font web page or straight from the house web page: The position of the red plus button on the font specimen pages and home page

After doing this, a small panel will seem within the backside proper nook of your display screen: A small panel will appear in the bottom right corner of your screen

Open it by clicking on it… The opened panel

To start with, we might want to hyperlink to the font in order that the browser is aware of the place to seek out the information. There are two methods to do that: utilizing HTML (customary) or CSS (@import). Personally, I choose CSS because the font is a part of the styling of the web page so it is smart to place it collectively.

To make use of the CSS possibility, click on on “@IMPORT”

Click on "@IMPORT"

Subsequent, copy the center line of code (the one with @import in it): Copy the middle line of code

Now, we have to paste it into our CSS code – however the place? @import statements should all the time be outdoors of the curly brackets, however it actually doesn’t matter the place within the doc – so long as it’s above the place the place the font is used (the font-family property). As a normal rule, I prefer to put Google Font imports on the prime of CSS information in order that the remainder of the CSS file has entry to it.

I’ll clarify extra about CSS @imports in another article.

Let’s paste in our line of code:

Reload the web page – you will note that nothing has modified! It is because we nonetheless must declare the font utilizing font-family. The explanation for utilizing the @import line is in order that the font will work even when it’s not put in on the consumer’s laptop.

Let’s use our font! We merely do that by giving the title of the font as a worth to the font-family property:

Bear in mind to incorporate citation marks if the title has an area!

Right here is the consequence: Our text is now in the font Ribeye Marrow!

Now our textual content is within the font Ribeye Marrow!


Woo! That’s it for right this moment! Hopefully, this text was helpful and helped you alongside your coding journey. As all the time, if there was something that you simply didn’t get or in case you have any suggestions, tell me in the comments.

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See you subsequent time, the place I’ll be speaking about using custom font files to increase your font selections past Google Fonts. See you then! Have an amazing and productive 2018 crammed with plenty of coding enjoyable! ???? ???? ????

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