Tomato™

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What is the Tomato™ font?

Tomato is the digitization and quite elaborate expansion of an early 1970s Franklin Photolettering film type called Viola Flare. This typeface is an obvious child of funk, the audio-visual revolution that swept America and put an end to the art nouveau period we now associate with the hippy era. More…
Funk is of course little more than jazz with a chorus and an emphatic beat. Nevertheless, it became the definition of cool in the 1970s, thanks to blaxploitation movies with excellent soundtracks like Shaft and Superfly. Funk began as a commercial audio experience, then later expanded its signature to cover everything, from design to fashion to the later birth of disco, which is really a further simplification of funk. Funk had very strong and unique typographical elements, particularly a kind of titling with an essentially western, wooden core that suddenly changed and flared in unexpected areas until a very individual brand was achieved. Everything that can be tacked on to the alphabet was used towards that individuality. Things like curls, swirls, swashes, ligatures were always plentiful in funk, sometimes giving the titling a specific gender, sometimes bulging, sometimes speeding, sometimes fading in the distance, sometimes doing nothing but crazily aligning with other design elements, but the result was always a fascinating creature that seemed to invariably want to dance and have fun.
Tomato was built in exactly that spirit. The original film type certainly had enough swashes and curls to be an unmistakable funk font in itself, but our further expansion of it cements it and makes it the definite font for the genre. With as many as 12 different possibilities for some letters, the designer’s choices for a titling set in Tomato are virtually limitless.
The Postscript and True Type versions of Tomato come in five fonts, including two fonts for alternates, one font for ligatures, and one font for swashes. These are split into two affordable packages. The entire family package is also available at an even more affordable price, and includes complimentary Cyrillic, Greek, Turkish, and Central European versions of Tomato.
A Tomato Pro OpenType version is also available. It is a single font that includes over 650 characters, glued together with extensive programming for convenience of use in OpenType-friendly applications, where you can watch the letters morph and dance as you push the buttons and change the options of your OT palette.
Now you know which font will come to mind when someone says the word “funky”.

Tomato™ Font families

The Tomato™ includes the following font families:

  • Tomato
  • Tomato Ligatures
  • Tomato Alternates I
  • Tomato Alternates II
  • Tomato Swashes

Tomato™ Preview

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


You're probably thinking - Is Tomato™ available to Download for free?

The short answer is no. Tomato™ 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 Tomato™, 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 Tomato™ 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 Tomato™ is that you get the license to use it leagally. If you're using an illegal version of Tomato™ and you get caught, you or your client could get into some trouble legally with the publisher of Tomato™. Also it is highly unlikely that you'll be able to find Tomato™ for free. Doing various searches on Google such as "Free Tomato™ 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 Tomato™ remember that it's illegal to use a font if you didn't pay for it!

If you really want Tomato™ and you want to truly own it the legal and safe way, then click here to visit the download and purchase page on MyFonts.com. 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. :)