How to Add Fonts to Photoshop


Adobe Photoshop is one of the top image manipulating software programs in the world, used by amateurs and professionals alike. Adding text to pictures and photos is a popular feature of the program, and it offers a wide variety of fonts beyond those already on your computer. Adding fonts to Photoshop is an easy task, as they only need to be added to the hard drive of your computer -- the program will take care of the rest.

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Adding Fonts on Windows (All OS)

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You can search online for "free fonts," then simply click on "download" to get the ones you want. There are hundreds of sites that offer fonts online, and usually the first page of your search should have safe, plentiful options. You can also buy CDs of fonts at any computer store. It is usually easiest to save all your fonts onto a folder on your desktop for easy organization. However, as long as you know where you downloaded the fonts to, it doesn't matter.

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It doesn't matter what version you're using. Even Windows XP, which is no longer supported or receives updates, can install fonts. If they are in a .ZIP file, right-click and choose extract. Then find the font itself by looking at the extension (the . after the file). Photoshop fonts come with the following extensions: .otf .ttf .pbf .pfm[1]

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" If this option is available you're in luck: everything is installed! You can even Ctr-Click or Shift-Click to select and install more than one at once.[2]

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Some computers will not allow the easy install, but it is still simple to add a new font. Click on the Start Menu, then click on Control Panel. From there: Click on "Appearance and Personalization" (Note: You skip this step in Windows XP). Click on "Fonts." Right-click in the list of fonts and select "Install New Font." (Note: In Windows XP, this is under "File"). Select the fonts you want and hit "OK" when done.[3]

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Adding Fonts on Mac OS X

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Search online for "Free Photoshop Fonts Mac." This will bring up hundreds of options, all of which can be easily downloaded and added. Save them to a new folder on your desktop, such as "Temporary Fonts," for safe-keeping.[4]

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Most applications have font support, which means they will be checking your Mac for fonts to use. You want to install the fonts before the programs go looking for them, so make sure everything is closed before you begin working.[5]

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The fonts may be in a ZIP folder, which you can double-click to open. From there, simply double click on the actual font to open it in your Font Book. Fonts have the following extensions at the end: .ttf .otf

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Your new .ttf or .otf file should open in Font Book. From there, simply click "Install Font" in the lower left corner to install it to your Mac. Photoshop will then find it and take care of the rest.[6]

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There are two places you can put your fonts, both of which are incredibly easy to find. You can even input the following string directly into the search bar substituting your own username for <username>, of course. Find one of these two locations, using the first one if you have Administrative Privileges. Both, however, will work.[7] /Library/Fonts/ /Users/<username>/Library/Fonts/

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Once they're in, you're good to go. Reopen you applications to start using your new fonts in Photoshop.