How Do You Add Fonts to Photoshop?

by Aug 30, 2019Free Tutorials, Resources

For many designers, typography is a visual element that is central to the production of a piece. The incorporation of text into your work can allow you to communicate ideas and add a new dimension to your design. 

But if the inclusion of text is going to benefit you in any way, it is important that you consider how the style, color, and font that you use are going to interact with the design that the text sits on. 

One way to ensure that both the visual and lexical aspects work well together is to use a font that gives the viewer the same vibe that the work itself would. But for a designer working with just the default fonts available on Photoshop, the choice can be limiting. 

A way to therefore increase your breadth of options is to download new fonts and import them into Photoshop to use on your designs. 

So, how do you add fonts to Photoshop? Read on to find out!

– Adding Fonts on Windows

Step 1: Finding a Font to Download

First of all, we’ll need to begin by selecting a font to download. You can find these on lots of websites online, many of which offer a variety of free fonts. Download one that you like to your computer, and save it to wherever you want. 

For this tutorial, I downloaded one from Dafont, which is a site that provides an endless number of free fonts.

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Make sure that you save your new font in a location that is logical and easily accessible so that you know where to find the file later on in the process.

Step 2: Extracting and Viewing the File

You’ll now need to find the file in which the new font is saved. Head to where you just saved the file, and right click on it. Right-clicking will bring up a menu, from which you should be able to select ‘Extract All’ or similar.

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Step 3: Installing the Font

From this new extracted folder, the font should be located under a file with a name ending in one of the following extensions: .otf, .ttf, .pbf, or .pfm. 

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Now right click on this font file. Doing so should present you with a dropdown menu, from which you can select the ‘Install’ option to install the font onto your computer.

Step 4: Accessing Your New Font in Photoshop

Once you have installed your font, it should be automatically downloaded into Photoshop. This means that the font will be swiftly and readily available for you to use when on the text tool in the program.

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As you can see above, the new font is immediately and easily available in Photoshop within seconds of downloading.

– Adding Fonts on Mac OS

Step 1: Selecting and Downloading a Font

Let’s begin by finding a font online. You can find these on a variety of sites, and you can often filter by style, theme, or keyword. Fortunately, there is now a a wide availability of free fonts that are also of a high quality. 

Once you have found one that is suitable for your design, download it and save it to a convenient location on your computer, such as to your desktop. Make sure that you remember where you saved this to, as it will be important that you can locate it at a later stage.

Step 2: Closing All Applications

You’ll now need to close all active applications before moving on to anything else, in particular, those in which you will be using the font.

Step 3: Viewing the Font File in Font Book

Your font will have downloaded as a zip file. Once you have located it, double click on the icon. This will open up the downloaded zip folder.

Inside this should be a font file, which you can identify since it’s name will end in .otf or .ttf. Double click on it to open the font in Font Book.

Step 4: Installing the New Font

When the new font opens up in Font Book, it couldn’t be more simple to install it. Select the option ‘Install Font’, and the process should then be complete!

Feel free to now open up any applications again, and get started with using your new font in Photoshop.


And there you have it! Hopefully you should now have a new font downloaded and ready to use in Photoshop, to give a new life to your designs.


Want to find out more about how to add fonts into Photoshop? Check out this video by Dusty Porter, which offers more advice on how to download and install a new font.

About the Author Betchphoto

Martin is an amateur photographer and digital marketer who has more than 15 years of experience with Adobe Photoshop. Check his about page here