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What is the Plantin® font?

Plantin is a Renaissance Roman as seen through a late–industrial-revolution paradigm. Its forms aim to celebrate fine sixteenth century book typography with the requirements of mechanized typesetting and mass production in mind. More…
How did this anomalous design come about? In 1912 Frank Hinman Pierpont of English Monotype visited the Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp, returning home with “knowledge, hundreds of photographs, and a stack of antique typeset specimens including a few examples of Robert Granjon’s.” Together with Fritz Stelzer of the Monotype Drawing Office, Pierpont took one of these overinked proofs taken from worn type to use as the basis of a new text face for machine composition. Body text set in Plantin produces a dark, rich texture that’s suited to editorial and book work, though it also performs its tasks on screen with ease. Its historical roots lend the message it sets a sense of gravity and authenticity. The family covers four text weights complete with italics, with four condensed headline styles and a caps-only titling cut.

Plantin® Font families

The Plantin® includes the following font families:

  • Plantin Light
  • Plantin Light Italic
  • Plantin
  • Plantin Italic
  • Plantin SemiBold
  • Plantin SemiBold Italic
  • Plantin Bold
  • Plantin Bold Italic
  • Plantin Bold Condensed
  • Plantin Headline Light Condensed
  • Plantin Headline Medium Condensed
  • Plantin Headline Bold Condensed

Plantin® Preview

Here is a preview of how Plantin® will look. For more previews using your own text as an example, click here.

Is Plantin® A free font? Is Plantin® Free to Download?

No,Plantin® 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 Plantin® so please don't waste your time looking.

It is highly unlikely that you'll be able to find Plantin® 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 Plantin® remember that it's illegal to use a font if you didn't pay for it!

If you really want Plantin® 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. :)