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What is the Modesto font?

Modesto is a loose-knit family based on a signpainters lettering style popular in the late-19th and early-20th centuries. It evolved from the lettering I used for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Logo. The Modesto family was not planned. It just happened, a few fonts at a time over about fifteen years.
In 2014 four new Italic fonts were added.
There is a downloadable MODESTO USER MANUAL PDF in the Gallery section for this family.

Modesto Font families

The Modesto includes the following font families:

  • Modesto Poster
  • Modesto Poster Italic
  • Modesto Expanded
  • Modesto Expanded Italic
  • Modesto Lite Poster
  • Modesto Lite Poster Italic
  • Modesto Lite Expanded
  • Modesto Lite Expanded Italic
  • Modesto Lite Condensed
  • Modesto Bold Condensed

Modesto Preview

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

I know what you're thinking... Is Modesto Free to Download?

Well i'm sorry to tell you that it isn't free. Most fonts featured on is a premium font that you have to pay for. You will not find a free download of Modesto so do yourself a favor and don't waste your time searching the internet for one.

It's unlikely that a free download for Modesto will come your way. There are too many websites that claim to offer "Free Downloads" of premium fonts, but these are just scams to get you to click on a link which will either take you to a spammy landing page or you risk getting viruses on your computer. In the rare occasion that you do find a free download for Modesto remember that it's illegal to use a font if you didn't pay for it!

If you really want Modesto and you want to truly own it the legal and safe way, and support the designers and publishers, 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. :)