Figuring out how to add fonts to Photoshop is something that anyone who spends some time with the program will eventually need to know. You may have already found your way around Photoshop, and learned how to do some useful things, but the method for adding new fonts might be escaping you.
The reason why it seems so difficult to add new Photoshop fonts is that you can’t do it from within Photoshop. Fonts are a function of the operating system, then Photoshop pulls the font information from there. Our tutorial in this article will show you how to add a font to Photoshop CS5 by installing it in Windows.
How to Install a New Font in Photoshop CS5
There are a number of places where you can find free fonts, including dafont.com and Google Fonts. Both of these services will provide you with fonts that come in zip files, which you will need to extract before you can add that font to your computer and thus, Photoshop. The steps below were performed on a computer using the Windows 7 operating system. However, these steps are very similar for other versions of Windows.
Step 1: Locate your download font file, then right-click on it and select Extract All.
Step 2: Click the Extract button.
Step 3: Select the font file (or hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard and select multiple font files) then right-click on the selected font and click the Install option.
Your font should now be available in Photoshop. If not, close Photoshop and restart it.
How to Delete a Font from Photoshop CS5
Much like adding a font to Photoshop is something that occurs through your operating system, deleting a font is also an OS function.
Step 1: Click the Start button at the bottom-left corner of the screen, then click inside the search field, type “fonts,” then click the Fonts result.
Step 2: Select the font that you want to delete, then click the Delete button.
Step 3: Click the Yes button to confirm that you want to delete the font. Occasionally a font will actually be a family of fonts, and this dialog window will indicate that you are actually uninstalling multiple fonts.
How to Change an Existing Font in Photoshop CS5
If you have a text layer in your Photoshop image, but the font is incorrect, then you might be trying to change it. If the font is in a text layer, then you will be able to switch fonts.
Step 1: Open your image in Photoshop, then select the text layer from the Layers panel.
Step 2: Select the Text tool from the toolbox.
Step 3: Select the font drop-down menu at the top of the window, then click the font that you would like to use.
You can interact with your Photoshop fonts in a lot of other ways, too. For example, you can underline text in Photoshop. That can be a difficult thing to replicate if you hadn’t been able to find the option, so it’s nice to know that there are additional Photoshop font settings.
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