How to Use Downloaded Fonts

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Some designers are so excited about having downloaded new fonts for their projects. But they have no idea what the next step is. This post will show you how to install and use those downloaded fonts on your computer in detail.

Use Fonts on Windows

Step 1: Download the font to your computer

There are many sources to download the font, both free and premium fonts, available online. In this post, Reading This provided for free this week on MakiPlace will be used (1 free font provided weekly here). Pick up your favorite font to move on.

Download and save the chosen font. It is recommended to save it on your desktop. However, it’s your choice to save the font anywhere you want.

Step 2: Extract and view the font file

If the downloaded file is in ZIP format, it needs to be extracted. Right click on the downloaded zip folder, click Extract.

Then, in the extracted folder, find the font by navigating the file with the extensions: .otf, .ttf, .pbf, .pfm

Step 3: Install the new font

Right-click on the font file in the extracted zip folder and choose Install. You can click and select to install more than one file at a time.

In case there is no option Install when right-clicking on the font file, you can access Control Panel to install the font on your computer by following these steps:

  1. Go to Start Menu, click on Control Panel
  2. Click on Appearance and Personalization
  3. Click on Fonts
  4. Right-click on the list of fonts and select Install New Font
  5. Select the fonts you want and hit OK when finishing

Don’t worry about whether you can install fonts in a particular Windows version. In general, the new fonts can be installed on Windows with similar steps no matter which Windows version you are using.

Use Fonts on Mac

Step 1: Download the new font to your computer

Search on the Internet to find a suitable font for Mac, paid fonts or free fonts, or you can take a look here – a good collection of fonts.

Then click to download and save the font on your desktop or anywhere at your convenience.

Step 2: Close all active applications

Close all active applications, especially those where you will use the font. You can begin working with them after finishing the installation.

Step 3: View the font file in Font Book

Double click to open the downloaded zip folder, then double click on the font file which ends in .otf or .ttf to open the font in Font Book.

Step 4: Install the new font

When the font file appears in Font Book, simply click Install Font to install. That’s all and you don’t have to worry about the rest.

You can also manually place the font by going to your font libraries in Finder. There are 2 places that you can put the font in.

  1. /Library/Fonts/
  2. /Users/<username>/Library/Fonts/

After finding the location, just click and drag the font file into the folder.

At the end of the process, the downloaded fonts have been added to the applications on your computer and are ready for use. If you don’t want the fonts to be used in many applications, you can choose to add them to a particular one only, take a look at how to add fonts to Photoshop.

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