Photoshop is a versatile tool for designers who want to edit photos and create masterworks for commercial use. If you want to add a little bit of variety to the fonts of your designs, then you’ll be glad to know that there is a solid selection of fonts that you can choose from – whether it’s one of the Adobe Fonts or one you’ve found online.
If you’re planning to up the level of your designs, then you’ve come to the right place! We’re here to teach you the easiest and best ways to add fonts to your Adobe Photoshop – stick with us as we teach you everything you need to know about Photoshop import fonts.
How to add Adobe Fonts to Photoshop
We’ve all had that moment where you’re scrolling through the fonts dropdown menu on Photoshop and just nothing inspires you. With a Creative Cloud subscription, you can install fonts for your laptop that are curated by Adobe.
Adobe is the superior choice, as it provides you with a wide range of fonts from you to choose from. And once those are chosen, here’s how you can install fonts for Photoshop – it doesn’t matter if you’re doing it on a tablet, 2-in-1 laptop, or a Macbook!
Navigate to Adobe Fonts
If you navigate to the text tool in your Photoshop, you can go to the fonts drop-down menu bar and click on the Creative Cloud menu. Once you’ve clicked that, you can browse a variety of Adobe fonts before you decide which of the new fonts you want to install.
If you’re looking for inspiration for your installing fonts, look around the room! Posters, stickers, advertisements outside your window may all point to something you can use for as a font in Photoshop .
Choose your Favourite Font
If you head over to the Adobe Fonts website, you’ll be able to browse around and see which fonts from the Creative Cloud catalog suit your taste. However, If you don’t have a Creative Cloud account, then you’ll only be able to pick up a few of the free fonts instead.
After you’ve done that, it’s easy to install font to Photoshop, you can immediately add the font to your repertoire. Just click on the toggle next to add it to Photoshop to activate the font – that’s all there is to it!
How to add External Fonts in Photoshop
Want to add fonts to your Photoshop without signing up for Adobe Creative Cloud? That’s also a possibility! You’ll have to find a new font that you love online, then install it onto your laptop, and finally load it from Photoshop Fonts.
You don’t need to know anything about web development to add external fonts to your Photoshop, just follow our simple steps!
Pick a Font Online
You won’t be able to download from Adobe if you don’t have a Creative Cloud account, so you’ll need to search online for the fonts instead.
We highly encourage you to find a reputable place for your fonts, as many scam websites will try to lead you to download malware. Websites like Datafont, Google Fonts, and Creative Market are reliable places to download fonts.
Fonts you pick should look good on a big monitor as well as a small one and should be tailored to your tastes.
Download Fonts of your Choice
Once you’ve selected the font that suits your tastes, we recommend you double-check the size and the font family. From there, it depends on the website but in most cases, there’s a download button that you can click to grab that downloaded font file for your own.
Find your Font File & Install it
Once you’ve downloaded the file onto your laptop, find the folder it’s been placed in. The font files themselves are compressed so you’ll need to use an unzipping program like WinRar to access them.
Even without WinRar however you can view the contents of the file and see if the fonts are as they were on the website. The fonts you’ve downloaded come in two file types – either TTF or OTF file, with the former being the older format that you may have come across before.
Once you’ve confirmed that the files are what you wanted and of the correct file type, double-click the file and you’ll be prompted with a preview of the font as well as the option to click “Install Font”. Once you’ve clicked that your font will be loaded and able to be used while in Photoshop! No performance testing tools are needed!
Frequently Asked Questions
That about covers the specifics of how you can install fonts into Photoshop for your own personal and commercial use. If you’ve had a couple of questions brewing while reading our article then don’t worry! We’ve gathered together the most frequently asked questions and answered them for you here.
Where do I put custom fonts in Photoshop?
If you want to add custom fonts to your Photoshop, the process is fairly straightforward – simply right-click on the font that you’re looking to add and choose install. That’s about it, and this process will also install the font into all your applications on your PC.
It may take a while to download a large about of fonts, causing your tablet to slow down but this will pass once they’re installed.
How do I get Photoshop to recognize fonts?
This may be because of settings in your preferences, but as long as the fonts are in your system folder and installed, it should be alright. Another way to add your font to Photoshop and recognize is to use the Match Font Marquee Tool and download the font when Photoshop prompts you to.
Why are my imported fonts not showing in Photoshop?
Once more, this is likely due to the preference settings you have on Photoshop. The one simple fix to resetting your preferences is to hit CTRL + K if you’re on Windows and CMD -K if you’re on Mac and scroll down until you see your preferences.
They should be reset on your next laptop restart!
Happy designing! With this guide, you can call your fonts and create that next masterpiece in no time. Adobe Fonts & external websites will have you covered for your next project, and there are a plethora of fonts to choose from. We doubt that you’ll have much reason to complain!
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Writer Graham Grieve brings two decades of technical communications experience to The Holy Tech coverage. Isaac contributes articles on laptops, tablets and PCs, alongside various software and hardware guides. Isaac is a former newspaper journalist who also worked in tech communications for some of the country’s biggest corporations. He also counsels and creates material for other technology publications and hosts a podcast.
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