Free Canela font alternatives in 2018

Free Canela font alternatives in 2018

Published by Commercial Type in 2016, Canela made its debut in issue no. 5 of fashion and art magazine Document Journal.

When Miguel Reyes began designing Canela, he initially imagined it as an interpretation of Caslon, but influenced by his experience with stone carving, he made the decision of minimizing the serifs into flarings.

This resulted in a typeface that defies traditional classifications, with forms both soft and sharp, modern yet with distinct classical roots. It’s somewhere between sans and serif, and this makes finding an alternative impossible. But there are a few good serifs that can be used as replacement in projects that Canela doesn’t fit within the budget.

※ This article features alternatives to Canela Light, the most used weight of Canela. All alternatives mentioned in this article are 100% free for both personal and commercial use.
※ Some of the fonts (Calluna, Gilda Display, Spectral, Erato) are depicted with a negative tracking value, to closely resemble Canela’s letter spacing. For webfonts is done by setting a negative value to the css property letter-spacing, for example letter-spacing: -1px;

Butler

Butler is a serif font family created by Fabian De Smet and inspired by a mix between Dala Floda and Bodoni.

  • Language support: Latin Extended (includes 334 glyphs)
  • Formats: desktop (.OTF), webfonts (.WOFF, .WOFF2)
  • Includes 14 styles:
    • 7 regular weights (UltraLight, Light, Regular, Medium, Bold, ExtraBold, Black)
    • 7 weights with stencil style (UltraLight, Light, Regular, Medium, Bold, ExtraBold, Black)
  • Has OpenType features like figures, ligatures, fractions.
  • License: Free for both personal and commercial use, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International Public License

Butler free font alternative to Canela
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Calluna

Calluna is designed by exljbris Font Foundry, that also designed the famous Museo fonts.

  • Language support: Latin Extended (includes 724 glyphs)
  • Formats: desktop (.OTF), webfonts (.WOFF, .WOFF2)
  • Includes 8 styles: 5 weights (Light, Regular, Semibold, Bold, Black) with matching italics for Regular, Semibold, and Bold
  • Has numerous OpenType features like alternates, capitals to small caps, case-sensitive forms, denominators, historical forms, lining figures, localized forms, numerators, oldstyle figures, ordinals, proportional figures, stylistic alternates, scientific inferiors, small capitals, stylistic set with ampersand, subscript, superscript, tabular figures, and slashed zero.
  • License: Free for both personal and commercial use

Calluna free font alternative to Canela
Download free Calluna Regular

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Gandhi Serif

  • Language support: Latin Extended (includes 373 glyphs)
  • Formats: desktop (.OTF)
  • Includes 4 styles: 2 weights (Regular, Bold) with matching italics
  • License: Free for both personal and commercial use

Gandhi Serif free font alternative to Canela
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Nanum Myeongjo

Nanum Myeongjo is a contemporary serif typeface expertly hinted for screen use.

  • Language support: Latin, Korean (Hangeul)
  • Formats: desktop (.TTF), webfonts (from Google Fonts)
  • Includes 3 styles: 3 weights (Regular, Bold — 700, Extra-Bold — 800)
  • License: SIL Open Font License v1.1 → Licenses explained

Nanum Myeongjo free font alternative to Canela
View on Google Fonts

Download .zip from Google Fonts

Gilda Display

  • Language support: Latin Extended
  • Formats: desktop (.TTF), webfonts (from Google Fonts)
  • Includes 1 style
  • License: SIL Open Font License v1.1 → Licenses explained

Gilda Display free font alternative to Canela
View on Google Fonts

Download .zip from Google Fonts

Lora

Lora is a well-balanced contemporary serif with roots in calligraphy. Its moderate contrast makes it suitable for body text. Optimised for screen appearance, but works equally well in print.

  • Language support: Latin Extended, Cyrillic Extended, Vietnamese
  • Formats: desktop (.TTF), webfonts (from Google Fonts)
  • Includes 4 styles: 2 weights (Regular, Bold) with matching italics
  • License: SIL Open Font License v1.1 → Licenses explained

Lora free font alternative to Canela
View on Google Fonts

Download .zip from Google Fonts

Spectral

  • Language support: Latin Extended, Cyrillic, Vietnamese
  • Formats: desktop (.TTF), webfonts (from Google Fonts)
  • Includes 14 styles: 7 weights (Extra-Light, Light, Regular, Medium, Semi-Bold, Bold, Extra-Bold) with matching italics
  • License: SIL Open Font License v1.1 → Licenses explained

Spectral free font alternative to Canela
View on Google Fonts

Download .zip from Google Fonts

Erato

  • Language support: Latin Extended (includes 740 glyphs)
  • Formats: desktop (.OTF), webfonts (.WOFF, .WOFF2)
  • Includes 6 styles: 3 weights (Light, Regular, Bold) with matching italics
  • Has numerous OpenType features like alternates, capitals to small caps, case-sensitive forms, denominators, fractions, lining figures, localized forms, numerators, oldstyle figures, ordinals, proportional figures, stylistic alternates, scientific inferiors, small capitals, superscript, and tabular figures.
  • License: Free for both personal and commercial use

Erato free font alternative to Canela
Download free Erato Light

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