Alta California™

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What is the Alta California™ font?

Alta California became designer steve mehallo’s “vector-based artist’s response” to the early Apple Macintosh bitmapped font San Francisco. Alta California was developed using “sampled” wood type and letters from numerous historical sources.
The name comes from the Alta California newspaper, the first daily published in California, one of a dubious Barbary Coast nature, a sheet that shaped the bias of San Franciscans and attracted its own grade of reporters, including a printing specialist who went under the nom de plume Mark Twain. More…
Alta California’s edges were meticulously redrafted by hand, with letterpress-inspired fallout and 19th century pointing hands. The final collection of rough hewn letters jump, dive, fall, zag and zig.
Alta California looks great on greeting cards, food packaging, as retail signage for boutiques, vintage stores or at D.I.Y. sales, on band posters or club cards, in and around historical quarters, or for use on any ransom note that needs to evoke a wild west look and feel.

Alta California™ Font families

The Alta California™ includes the following font families:

  • Alta California

Alta California™ Preview

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Is Alta California™ A free font? Is Alta California™ Free to Download?

No,Alta California™ is not free to download. You will need to pay for it I'm afraid. Almost every font that we list on is a paid-for, premium font. We do have a Free Fonts section where we list free fonts that you can download. There is no point trying to find a free download of Alta California™ so please don't waste your time looking.

It is highly unlikely that you'll be able to find Alta California™ for free. There's a lot of websites that will say "Free Download" but these are just attempts to get you to click on a link which will either take you to an ad landing page or you risk getting viruses on your computer. In the rare occasion that you do find a free download for Alta California™ remember that it's illegal to use a font if you didn't pay for it!

If you really want Alta California™ and you want to truly own it the legal and safe way, then click here to visit the download and purchase page on Here you will be able to obtain the proper license. The designer and publisher deserves to be paid for their work, as they have put in the hours and the creativity to produce such an amazing font. Good luck with your purchase and future use of this font. :)