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How to Add Fonts to Photoshop

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Finding a font can be intimidating for many users—especially when you work in designing industry and continuously need to find a new font to make an outstanding project. Creative minds always want to add android dating apps to their designs rather than using the pre installed ones.

A designer, continually working with new fonts and typography needs new fonts and typeface to work with. However, figuring out a way to add fonts to Photoshop may still be troubling for many of them.

That being said, there is no need to be overwhelmed by the process of adding a font to Photoshop. Whether you are working on Mac or Windows, installing fonts in Photoshop is relatively a simple process.

1. Adding fonts to Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is one of the best tools used by designers to modify images and create designs. It contains impressive designing features which enable designers to be creative in producing high-quality graphics. Whether you are designing something from scratch or reusing an image, being a designer, you must understand how to install fonts in Photoshop.

You must remember that adding fonts to Photoshop means downloading the font in the hard drive of your computer. Downloading and installing a font is a universal process, which means you can find fonts which are suitable for both operating systems--Windows and Mac.

If you are a newbie and need assistance, described below are two ways to upload fonts to Photoshop. So without further ado, let’s discuss how to add fonts to Photoshop using the different methods to get your creativity worked up in producing out of the box designs.

Method 1:  using adobe fonts


Adobe fonts—a rebranded version of Adobe Typekit— is an assortment of licensed fonts which are included with every adobe creative cloud plan. Every font in the collection is available for personal and commercial use; however, you need to be aware of the fact that they keep changing from time to time, which means a font that you used in one of your designs might not be available the next time you want to use it. In order to install fonts, Photoshop has a three-step process which you can follow.

  • 1). Click on the character menu while being logged in to Photoshop

  • 2). Make sure that you are logged in to the creative cloud and select a font style you want to use

  • 3). Toggle on to activate the font to make it appear in the software to be used.

Method 2: through package file

To access the typeface in the software, open the package file and look for a folder named “document fonts”. You can install the fonts you desire using the instructions to add fonts to Photoshop be it mac or windows.

2. How to install fonts on mac

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To add fonts to Photoshop, Mac users need to follow five steps:

1). Close all active application

Close all applications on your computer, especially Photoshop, where you will use the font. You can continue working on the software once the installation is complete.

2). Locate the file

Search for the fonts you need to install. Make sure that the Mac OS supports the file you download. Commonly, there are two types of file including TTF or TrueType font files and OTF or OpenType font files which you can install. However, you need to make sure you have downloaded the unzipped font files to import fonts into Photoshop.

3). Copy files into the right location

In the third step, there are two options that you need to consider. You must make sure that the files are loose in the destination folder, and not in the subfolder.

4). View file in the font book

You can open the zipped file by double-clicking on the zipped folder, then click on the file which ends with .otf or .ttf to open the file in the font book.

5). Install the font

Once the file opens in the font book, click on install font to install the typeface in your computer. You have two options to do that:

option one, which is for all computer users, you need to put your fonts in this destination: /Library/Fonts/.

As for the second option, meant for a single user, you need to put your file in this destination: User/<username>/Library/Fonts/.

Once you have installed the new font, you are all set to re-open Photoshop to check and use the font.

3. How to install fonts on windows


To import fonts to Photoshop, you need to follow four steps.

Close all active applications

Just like Mac, you need to close all your applications before installing a new font to your computer.

Locate file to be installed

Look for fonts you need to download. Make sure that you have downloaded the correct file supported by the operating system.

There are three types of files supported by Windows including, OpenType, PostScript Type 1 and TrueType font file.

Extract and view in the font file

To extract files from the zipped folder, right-click on the zipped file and click Extract. In the extracted folder, you’ll find the font with extensions: .otf, .ttf, .pfm.

Install the font

Right-click on the extracted file folder and click install. You can choose to install more than a single font style at once.

However, sometimes there may be no option in the folder to install the font. If that’s the case and you don’t understand how to load fonts in Photoshop, you can simply go to the control panel to install them. You need to follow five steps in order to install the font.

  • Go to control panel in the start menu

  • Click on appearance and personalization,

  • Click on fonts

  • Right-click on the list and select “install new fonts”

  • Select the desired font and click ok when done.


Adding fonts to Photoshop is an easy process. All you need to do is to make sure that you have the license of the font that you download and install. There are free fonts which you can install for personal use; however, you need to buy the license for commercial projects.

The downloading and installing processes mentioned above are the two easiest methods which can help in installing the font without a hassle. Nevertheless, you need to make sure that you have the right type of file which can be supported the both operating systems, windows and Mac.

Also Read: How to Download & Installing Photoshop Brushes [Complete Guide]

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