Adobe Fonts in Photoshop: The Essential Guide

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A guide to Adobe Fonts in Photoshop

Did you know that you can use Adobe Fonts inPhotoshop? It is true; Adobe Fonts is included in your Creative Cloud membership and is a great way to enhance your graphic design projects and even your photos.

So if you want to learn more about what Adobe Fonts really is, what it offers, and how you can use it, keep reading!

What is Adobe Fonts?

A guide to Adobe Fonts in Photoshop

Adobe Fontsis an online library containing thousands of fonts. If you’ve been working on graphics for a long time, you might be familiar with Typekit; in 2011, Typekit and Adobe began collaborating together, and in 2018, Adobe Typekit became Adobe Fonts.

If you have a paid Creative Cloud membership, you can use Adobe Fonts for free within any Adobe app. Please note that a free license extends to personal and commercial projects – however, client and perpetual licenses cost extra. You canview full license terms here.

You can access Adobe Fonts from your browser or from within your Adobe applications (although in this article, I’ll focus on using Adobe Fonts in Photoshop).

When should I use Adobe Fonts?

A guide to Adobe Fonts in Photoshop

Adobe Fonts is an amazing tool that will simplify your life and make your artwork special whenever you needadd text to a layout.

The service not only contains more than 20,000 fonts, but also simplifies license management. If you download fonts from different libraries, you have to keep track of the license terms for each, which can be a real headache. And you need to keep the fonts on all your computersandyour clients’ computers (if they want to edit their work).

Adobe Fonts, however, is shared between Creative Cloud apps across all your devices and is free to use even for commercial work. Plus, you’re in full control: you can turn fonts on and off, as well as the entire Adobe Fonts feature, at will.

Here are some situations in which you should consider using Adobe Fonts in Photoshop:

  • Logo Design
  • Template Layout
  • Images for social networks
  • Watermarks
  • PDF
  • Collage

In other words: whenever you need to add text, Adobe Fonts is the way to go.

How to use Adobe Fonts in Photoshop: step by step

In this section, I cover everything you need to know to get started with Adobe Fonts – so you can start creating beautiful designs, fast!

How to access a font in Photoshop

To access an Adobe font while in Photoshop, make sure you have a document open, and then activate the Type tool. (Click the Text icon on the toolbar or use the keyboard shortcut “T”.)

Then, on the Options toolbar toward the top of the screen, open the Font Type dropdown menu. You will see the Creative Cloud icon:

A guide to Adobe Fonts in Photoshop

Click the icon and the menu will filter out all non-Adobe fonts, leaving you withjustfonts that come from the Adobe Fonts collection.

Select the font you want, then click on your document. When you type, your new font will appear!

Note: If you open the Font Type dropdown only to find thatnotIf you have Adobe Fonts, then you will need to download the fonts from the Adobe Fonts website. I explain this process in the following section:

How to add fonts to use in Photoshop

A guide to Adobe Fonts in Photoshop

If you don’t have any Adobe fonts or want to browse more, click the Creative Cloud icon at the top right of the Font Type dropdown menu (next to “More Adobe Fonts” ). You will immediately be redirected to the Adobe Fonts website. Please note that you will need to be online and signed in to your Creative Cloud account to use this feature.

Once there, you can browse by language, rating, properties, and more. If you find a font family you like, go ahead and click on it. It will open to reveal all the fonts that make up the family. You can even write some text and see how it looks in each font.

If you want to add a font to Photoshop, clickActivate source– and if you are interested in the whole font family, clickActivate Fonts buttonat the top right of the page.

If this is your first time using Adobe Fonts, you will see a message “Font Activation Successful” arise. You can check the “Don’t show me this again” option to avoid seeing it every time. Then clickOK.

(Remember that turning on too many fonts will slow down Photoshop, so only turn on the ones you need!)

Now you can go back to Photoshop and use the font. Open the Font Type menu from the Text tool and find the activated font.

All Adobe fonts have the Creative Cloud logo next to them, making them easy to identify. But if you want to find your chosen font more quickly, click the Adobe Cloud icon to filter the menu options.

Adobe Fonts in Photoshop: Some things to know

A guide to Adobe Fonts in Photoshop

If you activate an Adobe font, it will be active for 180 days from its last use. Once the 180 period elapses, the font will automatically be disabled to keep Photoshop running smoothly.

If you need to access a disabled font, you can always switch back to Adobe Fonts – see the previous section! – and reactivate it. Also, if you open a file that has a font turned off, Photoshop will ask if you want to turn the font on again, so you don’t have to worry about keeping thousands of fonts turned on just in case.

When designing a project, remember that some fonts have alternate characters. To see if this is true for your chosen font, you can select a character and go to the Glyphs panel. (If the panel is not active, simply selectWindows>Glyphs). Including alternate characters will make your design more personal – though if you want to do things evenmorestaff, you can use thePen Toolto adapt and redesign any Adobe font.

Another cool feature is that you can use Adobe Fonts outside of Adobe applications. You’ll find your Adobe Fonts active in other text-based programs, like Word.

How to navigate Adobe Fonts

A guide to Adobe Fonts in Photoshop

With over 20,000 fonts to choose from, it can be hard to narrow down your search and find the perfect font for your project. Fortunately, Adobe Fonts has different categories and functions to help you, including:

  • The search bar. If you already know the name of the font or designer you’re looking for, you can use the search bar to find it.
  • Visual search. Just upload an image file with text; Adobe Fonts will then use Adobe Sensei to analyze the text and give you the closest font match.
  • Recommendations. Here you can find suggestions based on the sources you have active, trends, Recommendations from the Adobe team, etc.
  • Font Packages. This is my favorite. The Adobe team selects these packs based on usage (such as comics), trends (such as new naturalism), and font characteristics (such as high contrast).
  • Foundries. Here you can browse the in-house foundries for high-quality, original typefaces.

7 Adobe Fonts Everyone Should Know

A guide to Adobe Fonts in Photoshop
  1. Sofia. A rounded sans-serif that makes your text easy to read. You have 40 fonts to choose from.
  2. Search. One serif with ten fonts for a literary look.
  3. ITC American Typewriter. Nine fonts that offer a vintage touch.
  4. Austere. These 18 fonts provide a friendly appearance.
  5. Zeno. From the Logo Worthy collection curated by the Adobe Fonts team. It has 16 fonts.
  6. Prenton. Readable and clean, Prenton is perfect for web design.
  7. Cherry Blossoms. Japanese-inspired handwriting; is a trend in 2022.

Adobe Fonts Step-by-Step Example

It is one thing to understand the theory, but another to put things into action. Here’s a practical example using Adobe Fonts and providing clear step-by-step instructions along the way.

Step 1: Open a new document

A guide to Adobe Fonts in Photoshop

I’m using a template for this example, but feel free to open a blank canvas or photo instead.

Step 2: Type a text

A guide to Adobe Fonts in Photoshop

My template has an image of a notebook with apparently handwritten text. Now that I’ve opened it up, I see that the text is actually an image. So I can’t change what it says; instead, I have to add a new text.

To add text to a file, pick up the Text tool by clicking its icon in the toolbox. (You can also tap the “T” key on your keyboard.)

Click on your file, then type the new text.

Step 3: Match the font (optional)

A guide to Adobe Fonts in Photoshop

Since I’m using a template that already has text, I’d like to find a similar font using the Match Font function. You can do this too – Or you can skip to the next step if you want to choose a font on your own.

To use the function n Match Font, make sure your new type layer is selected in the Layers panel. Then grab the Rectangular Marquee Tool and drag it over the characters you want to match.

Then go to the menu and selectType> Match Source. In the dialog box, make sure that the option “Show fonts available to activate in Adobe Fonts” is enabled. 

Photoshop will explore the fonts available to it, as well as the Adobe Fonts library, and use Adobe Sensei to try to find a good match.

I really don’t like any of the options Photoshop has given me; if that happens to you, just continue to the next step. However, if you like any of the fonts, give it a click. Photoshop will activate and apply it automatically!

Step 4: Choose an Adobe Font

A guide to Adobe Fonts in Photoshop

To explore Adobe fonts on your own and select one that fits your project, select your text, then go to the options bar and open the Font Type menu.

ClickMore Adobe Fontsoption. This will open your browser and take you to the Adobe Fonts website.

Here you can search using any of the techniques I explained earlier in this article. In my case, I will use the “Calligraphy” filter because I’m looking for something that looks handwritten.

Type your text in the Sample Text field; that way you can see exactly how it will look in your possible sourceswithouthave to activate each one.

Step 5: Activate the font

A guide to Adobe Fonts in Photoshop

Once you find a font you like, clickView Family. This will open the font family and show you all the fonts it has. Sometimes it will only be one, but other times, it will be more than a dozen.

If you’re only interested in one font, click the Activate Font switch at the bottom right of the font. However, if you want to activate all fronts in the family, use the activation switch at the top right of the page.

Step 6: Apply Adobe Font to Your Text

Once you enable the font in your browser, simply return to Photoshop. Make sure your text is selected, then open the Font Type menu and find the Adobe font you just activated. Click on the font and it will be applied instantly:

A guide to Adobe Fonts in Photoshop

Step 7: Finish your project

A guide to Adobe Fonts in Photoshop

Now that you’ve activated your Adobe font, you can always use it to write more text. You can also edit existing text layers by rotating them, changing the font color, etc.

Your new Adobe font will remain active and you’ll find it in Photoshop for 180 days. After that, it will be disabled automatically.

If you need to edit your project after the source has been disabled, don’t worry. When you reopen the project, you’ll have the option to reactivate the font or replace it.

Adobe Fonts in Photoshop: last words

As you can see, Adobe Fonts is very easy to use and opens up a world of possibilities. I hope you enjoyed this article and found this information useful. Now go and have fun finding – and using – lots of great fonts!

Now it’s your turn:

WhatAre they your favorite Adobe Fonts? Do you have some tips and tricks on how to make the most of them? Let us know in the comments below!

PostingAdobe Fonts in Photoshop: The Essential Guidefirst appeared inSchool of Digital Photography. It was written byAna Mireles.

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