How to add fonts in Photoshop CS3

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How to add fonts in Photoshop CS3
Add fun or stylish new fonts to your Photoshop files. (Adobe Systems Incorporated)

Adobe Photoshop CS3 software comes preloaded with a small set of its own custom fonts, but the program also detects and makes available all the other fonts installed on your computer. If you want to add a distinctive, stylish or unusual typeface to jazz up a Photoshop project, install the font on your computer and it will show up automatically in the Photoshop fonts panel after you restart the program.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Find and download the TrueType or OpenType font that you want to use in Adobe Photoshop. Free font download sites such as DaFont, 1001 Free Fonts and Font Squirrel (see Resources) typically offer an extensive range of themed fonts, or you can go for a more individual or tailormade premium font.

  2. 2

    Double-click the downloaded font file or right-click the file, and then select the "Install" option to add it your computer's fonts folder. Alternatively, follow the next steps if you'd prefer to manually install the font in the computer's Control Panel.

  3. 3

    Move your mouse to the top right of the computer screen, and then click the Windows Search charm with the magnifier icon. Enter "fonts" in the search input field, and then select the "Settings" search filter option. Click the "Fonts" folder in the search results to open the fonts section of the Control Panel.

  4. 4

    Drag and drop the downloaded font file to the open Control Panel window. Windows automatically installs the font on your computer.

  5. 5

    Launch Adobe Photoshop CS3. If the program is already open, you will need to restart it before you can use the newly installed font. Click the "T" button in the sidebar to launch the Fonts panel, and then select the font from the drop-down list.

Tips and warnings

  • Installing the font through the Control Panel offers additional features, including the ability to see the font's different body, bold, italic and size styles in a preview pane.
  • The information in this article applies to Windows 8 computers. It may vary slightly or significantly with other Windows operating system versions.

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