How to Add Fonts to Photoshop

Are you fascinated with some amazing fonts online and you wonder how to get them? Using catchy fonts can help a design stand out.  If you’re a designer and need variation to your artwork, template or design, it’s pretty obvious that you want to know how to add fonts to Photoshop.

To add or import fonts to Photoshop, you will need to install them on your computer first. There are many websites to download free and premium fonts. If you’re looking for a free site to download some awesome fonts, we recommend you check out, Google Fonts or Microsoft Windows Website. So, whether you’re a Windows or Mac user, knowing how to import fonts into Photoshop is a basic yet essential skill.

The installation process is easy. Once the font(s) is installed on your computer, you can use it in Photoshop and other software as well.

What Are Free and Premium Fonts?

Free fonts refer to fonts that can be downloaded for free like Dafonts and Google Web Fonts. However, each font comes with its own End User License Agreement (EULA). Most of the free fonts can’t be used for commercial purposes without buying a commercial license from the font maker.

On the other hand, depending on the manufacturer’s font license, premium or commercial fonts entitles you to it in specific commercial projects. For instance, on a client’s brochure, but the license may restrict using the font for Facebook or Instagram images. Therefore, before buying premium fonts, read the EULA for each font and typefaces you purchase.

How to Add Fonts to Photoshop On Windows?

You can add fonts easily by following some easy steps –

Step 1: Download and Extract the Font Files

The first thing to do is to download the font files. You can get the fonts from any font marketplace to download them. The downloaded font files will be in your Downloads folder as a ZIP file. Extract this ZIP file to access the font files. To extract the fonts, right-click on the ZIP file and choose the option Extract Files. Once extracted, you can see the extracted font files in the folder.

Step 2: Install Single Fonts

Suppose you’ve only one or two fonts to install; the simplest way to install it through the font explorer—double-click on the font file. A new window will open where you’ll see all the characters and how they look in increasing sizes. In this window, navigate to the Install button on the top-left corner, and click it. The font will be installed.

Step 3: Install Multiple Fonts

If you need to install multiple font files like an entire font family, installing them one by one is cumbersome. The easy way here is to select all of them by pressing Ctrl + A, right-click, and select the option Install. All the fonts will be installed.

Another way to install multiple fonts is to go to Settings > Personalization > Fonts. You can also search for fonts in the search bar. When you’re on this Window, drag and drop all the font files to the ‘Drag and drop to install’ section. The fonts will be installed instantly.

If you’ve never installed fonts before, you probably will ask what the .ttf or .otf extension means found at the end of the font name. There are two types of fonts: TTF and OTF. TTF and OTF stand for TrueType Fonts and OpenType Fonts respectively.  TTF is an older version of the font files, whereas the OTF is the latest version. OTF fonts also include additional features like alternate characters, several variations of ligatures, and more.

How to Add Fonts to Photoshop On Mac?

If you’re a Mac user, installing fonts on Mac is essentially the same as Windows PC. Installing a single font is the same. To install multiple fonts—navigate to the Users > Library > Fonts folder. Done that, copy-paste all the fonts into the fonts folder.

How to Import Fonts into Photoshop?

Once you’ve installed the fonts on your computer, you can access them in Photoshop automatically. If the Photoshop is still running during the install. Close and Open again to get access to all the newly added fonts. To find the fonts, open Photoshop. Go to Window, and click Character. Search for the font or the fonts you’ve installed. You will see the fonts there.

That’s all for today, folks. See you in the next article on “How to remove background in Photoshop”.

Andrew Editor


I am a philologist. I have a background in telecommunications and digital content creation. I love photography and storytelling. Joined the team to bring the project to the next level.

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