How to Upload Fonts to Photoshop

By Gwen Ragno

Sometimes, a new font is just what you need to spice up your project or graphic. Whether you are using a Mac or a PC, it is easy to download and install new fonts to use in any application.There are a lot of websites that allow you to browse, test and download fonts. Some, like Dafont.com, have fonts that are free for personal use. Others, like Fonts.com or LetteringDelights.com require you to buy them.

Things You'll Need

  • Open Type font (.otf) or True Type font (.ttf) file

Using a Mac

Step 1

Find a font that you like and download the .ttf or .otf file. Be sure to note where on your computer it downloads to, because you will need to find it later.

Step 2

Open a Finder window and click on the name of your hard drive. Open the Library folder and find the folder named Fonts.

Step 3

Open a new Finder window and navigate to the folder where you downloaded your new font. It will probably be the Downloads folder, inside a folder with the font's name.Some font downloads come with several versions or formats, but be sure to choose only one format (.ttf or .otf) and stick with it. Installing different formats of the same font can cause problems.

Step 4

Drag the .ttf or .otf file from the Downloads folder to the Fonts folder.Do not move the entire folder. Only font files that are loose in the Fonts folder can be recognized.

Step 5

Quit Photoshop and open it again. Your new font should now appear in the Fonts menu.

Using a PC

Step 1

Find a font that you like and download the .ttf or .otf file. Be sure to note where on your computer it downloads to, because you will need to find it later.

Step 2

Navigate to the folder where you downloaded the font, right-click on it, and select Copy.Some font downloads come with several versions or formats, but be sure to choose only one format (.ttf or .otf) and stick with it. Installing different formats of the same font can cause problems.

Step 3

Open the Start menu and select Control Panel. Find the folder named Fonts.

Step 4

Right-click on the Fonts folder and choose Paste.

Step 5

Re-start Photoshop, and your new font should appear in the Fonts menu.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are designing a Web page or a document that other people will need to edit, remember that any font you install on your computer won't work on other computers unless they have it installed too. It is usually safe, though, to use uncommon fonts in images (such as JPEGs or PDFs) or anything that you will print from your own computer.
  • Keep in mind that the more fonts you install, the longer your applications will take to start up.