How to Install Fonts in Photoshop

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How to Install Fonts in Photoshop
Designers use many different fonts in Photoshop. (Adobe Systems Incorporated)

Adobe Photoshop uses the standard fonts already installed on your computer, and you can use these fonts in your work with the graphic program's text tool. If you need a different font for your design, locate and download your desired typeface from a free font provider and then install it on your computer. Photoshop will automatically detect the new font and add it to the fonts list.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • TrueType or OpenType fonts

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    Install fonts

  1. 1

    Download your desired font from your preferred TrueType or OpenType font provider (see Resources). To download a font, just click the “Download” button beside your chosen font.

  2. 2

    Choose the font download location on your computer. If you’re downloading many fonts, you may want to group them together in a new folder containing only Photoshop fonts. Create a new folder by right-clicking on your desktop, hover over the “New” option, and then click “Folder.”

  3. 3

    Open the Downloads folder and select all your fonts. Typically they will have been downloaded in ZIP or RAR format. You can either grab the fonts and move them to the new folder by holding down the left-click or copy (Ctrl-C) and paste (Ctrl-V) them into the folder.

  4. 4

    Extract the font from its zipped folder by right-clicking on the zipped content, then selecting “Extract here.” Windows transfers them from the compression folder into the open folder.

  5. 5

    Right-click the fonts, and then choose “Install.” Alternatively, double-click the unzipped font file to display the font’s full fontbook and other options in the toolbar. Click the “Install” option. Windows automatically installs the fonts on your system.

  6. 6

    Launch Photoshop to check the installation worked correctly. Click the text tool on the left sidebar, and then search in the font selector panel. Photoshop sorts fonts alphabetically to help you locate specific fonts.

    Alternative method

  1. 1

    Copy the unzipped folder or font by right-clicking or pressing Ctrl-C.

  2. 2

    Go to the “Control Panel” from the Windows “Start” screen, and then set the “View by” option to “Small icons.”

  3. 3

    Open “Fonts,” and wait for the fonts to load.

  4. 4

    Paste the unzipped font into the “Fonts” folder by pressing Ctrl-V. Windows automatically installs the pasted font on your system.

Tips and warnings

  • Installing fonts on a Mac involves a different method; install Mac fonts by dragging the font files to the system folder.

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