How to Add New Fonts in Photoshop

Photoshop is one of the best Raster graphics applications used for photo editing and other graphics manipulations. Being the most powerful application in the domain, Photoshop is used by photographers and design professionals on a large scale for image retouching and creating high-quality designs.

Using Photoshop for the first time can be a bit confusing as it has a slightly complex dashboard. Being a beginner, it becomes pretty difficult to understand the basics of specific plugins, brushes, and fonts in Photoshop.

In this article today, I am going to guide you in adding new fonts in Photoshop. However, before we proceed further, let us learn the importance of the fonts and types of fonts you need to add to your Photoshop application.

How to Choose Perfect Photoshop Fonts?

There are plenty of fonts available on the internet for Photoshop. They can be free or paid depending upon the standards. But which one to choose?

Here are several basic principles that you can consider while adding fonts to your Photoshop application:

1. Flexible

The fonts you are going to choose for your design should easily match the rest of your design, along with the colors and shapes. You need to consider the weight, style, width, and italicization of fonts before finalizing.

2. Clarity

There is no fun in adding attractive fonts if they are not readable in a variety of environments. Your selected fonts should be legible with all types of displays with all the configurations. Before you set your design to its final state, always try multiple fonts in different environments.

3. Sensational

Designs speak louder than words. When adding fonts to the design, always try to understand the sentiments of the target audience. You can use specific tags to search for the desired fonts for your design.

4. Trustworthy

Photoshop has a huge library of fonts available within. But sometimes, it gets to be too limited for designers. If you add new fonts on your own, make sure you get them from a reliable source and authentic provider. Don’t hesitate to pay the required amount for premium ones.

Being a designer myself, I strongly suggest you refrain from buying pirated fonts since it is most disrespectful to the original creator.

How to Add New Fonts in Photoshop (Windows)?

Adding new fonts in Photoshop is not a difficult task. Follow the steps provided below to learn more about adding fonts in Photoshop.

The first step involves downloading the fonts from a trusted source. You can go to any website for the same.

Here are a few sources:

Visit the preferred website and download the fonts as a zip or RAR file format. Once the file is downloaded, locate it in your downloads folder and extract it. You will be shown two notepad files after the extraction. One is for installing the fonts on your PC, while another one has a license and disclaimers.

Click on the file with the font name to open it. On the top left corner, click on the install button. This will take a few seconds, and your fonts have been installed.  There are some other ways of installing fonts too. You can right-click on the fonts file and press the install button.

Now, these fonts are ready to be used in Photoshop. As you can see in the attached snapshot below, I have typed in using the same fonts I downloaded.

This is all you have to do, and it is not at all difficult.

How to Add Fonts in Photoshop (Mac)?

Adding new fonts to Photoshop in Mac is quite similar to Windows. First of all, you need to download the fonts from any trusted website of your own choice.

Locate the downloaded Zip or RAR file in the downloads and open it. Click on the file with.OTF or    .TTF extension to open it in the font book. Once opened, click on the Install Font button to finish the installation.

You can also manually add the font file to the font library. This can be done by dragging and dropping the file in /Users/<username>/Library/Fonts/ path.

Now, you are good to go. Just open Photoshop and start using the fonts in your designs. If the fonts don’t appear there, you can restart your PC.


Following the simple steps given above will surely help you in adding multiple font families to your Photoshop. Did I mention that you can use these newly added fonts to any application on your PC? Yes, since these fonts are not added to a specific application but your PC, you can use these fonts on all the applications that allow the use of multiple fonts, such as Paint 3D and Illustrator. We hope you found this article helpful.

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Vishal Sharma

A graphic design enthusiast who loves to teach design. Working on design simulation these days. A teetotaller and Nomadic.