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What is the Aldus® font?

Aldus was designed by Hermann Zapf and appeared with the font foundry D. Stempel AG in Frankfurt am Main in 1954. Zapf named this font after the famous Venetian printer Aldus Manutius, whose work is among the most important of the Renaissance period as well as Zapf’s inspiration for Aldus. Linotype Aldus was introduced by Linotype Library as a text font lighter than Palatino. Zapf’s goal with his Palatino and Aldus was to create a new form of Old Face typeface. This font gives text the feeling of elegance which was typical of the Renaissance.

Aldus® Font families

The Aldus® font includes the following font families:

  • Aldus Std Roman
  • Aldus Std Italic

Aldus® Preview

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

You're probably thinking - Is Aldus® available to Download for free?

The short answer is no. Aldus® is definitely not available as a free download font. This is a premium font which mean that you will have to pay to download and use it in your project. We showcase fonts on SharedFonts that are almost all premium fonts. Feel free to waste valuable hours of your time searching for a free download of Aldus®, but take it from me, you will not be successful in your quest. Just think how much time and effort you will save if you just pay for Aldus® and be done with it.

It is always best to pay for a premium font rather than trying to find an illegal download. The benefits of paying for Aldus® is that you get the license to use it leagally. If you're using an illegal version of Aldus® and you get caught, you or your client could get into some trouble legally with the publisher of Aldus®. Also it is highly unlikely that you'll be able to find Aldus® for free. Doing various searches on Google such as "Free Aldus® Download" you will see 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 Aldus® remember that it's illegal to use a font if you didn't pay for it!

If you really want Aldus® 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. :)