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How to Install Fonts in Photoshop on a Mac? (CS5, CS6)

How to Install Fonts in Photoshop on a Mac? (CS5, CS6)


Everyone knows Adobe Photoshop is one of the best image manipulating software, which can be put to a number of uses. Making posters, flexes, banners or other documents is easy on Photoshop. While creating these documents, you might want to use a font that is slightly more interesting and funky than the usual run-of-the-mill types that Adobe provides. There are a number of websites that provide free fonts; some of the most popular are Font Squirrel, Font Fabric, Urban Fonts and more. You can also buy a CD full of fonts at any computer store. However, the installation process is different for each operating system. So here’s a step-by-step guide to installing Fonts in Photoshop if you’re using a Mac OS:

Step 1: Close all open applications

This is necessary for the font file to be downloaded to your Mac.

Close all open applications

Step 2: Download the font

There are a number of freely downloadable fonts on the Internet, some of them exclusively for Photoshop. You can try dafont.com or 1001freefonts.com or free4photoshop.com for some really eye-catching fonts. The downloading process will most probably be different according to the OS you are using, but those instructions will be given on the website. Here is a list of file extensions recognizable by Mac OS X.

  • .otf (OpenType)
  • .ttf (TrueType)
  • .ttc (TrueType Collection)
  • .dfont
  • Type 1 (Postscript)

Step 3: Extract the font

Most font files will come compressed in a .zip file, so they have to be extracted. If you have the OS X you can decompress by simply double clicking the .zip folder. For operating systems below OS X, you can extract the fonts with the help of a font management utility called Stuffit Expander which opens .zip or.rar files. This can be freely downloaded from the home website.

Extract the font

Step 4: Install fonts

Once the files are decompressed in your Downloads folder, you can to install them. Mac OS 10.3 and above comes with a built-in Font Book which makes installation easier, but those that don’t have this version will have to install manually. Both methods are listed below:

Manual Installation

Mac OS X allows you to install your fonts in different folders. These will be at the following locations:

Users/User_name/Library/Fonts – These are meant to be accessed by a single user. The Library folder is hidden in OS Lion and Mountain Lion versions. This can be opened by clicking on the Go tab on the Navigation Toolbar while keeping the Finder window open. Then hold down the Option key (Alt) on your keyboard. The Library option will be made visible, and double-clicking it will cause the window to open. Click on the Fonts option in the Library menu. Then drag and drop your downloaded fonts from the Downloads menu on to the Fonts window For Mavericks and Yosemite, you have to choose View>Show View Options>Show Library Folder. The Library Folder will appear on your Home Folder.

Library/Fonts – These are meant for all the users who use the computer. You can access this by logging in as the Administrator.

Network/Library/Fonts – Fonts installed on this Folder will be available for intranet sharing purposes.

System Folder/Fonts – Fonts should be installed here if you’re using Mac OS 9 or below.

Manual Installation

Manual Installation

Installation using Font Book

Installing with Font Book is relatively easier than manual install. All you have to do in this case is open the Font Book option in the Toolbar section (or go to the Applications tool if the Font Book already there in the Toolbar). Once Font Book is opened, in the left hand panel, click Users. All your in-built Fonts will appear, with the Preview in the right hand panel. Drag and drop your fonts from the Downloads window on to the Font panel in your Font Book. Then double click on the Font and select Install Font at the lower right corner.

Installation using Font Book

Step 5: Using Fonts on Photoshop

Once you’ve installed the Fonts onto your Mac Operating System, it will automatically be available on all applications running in the native OS X environment or the carbon environment. Classic applications will require an Adobe Type Manager (ATM), however, this is unnecessary for Photoshop. To view your downloaded Fonts on Photoshop, open the program. To access your Fonts, click on the large icon marked ‘T’ on the left hand Toolbar. The Fonts will appear in the horizontal Toolbar above the window. Scroll down the different Font options and you are sure to find the downloaded font.

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