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How to Add Fonts to Illustrator

by Tony Patterson
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Adding new fonts to Adobe Illustrator is done through the computer's operating system rather than through the Illustrator program. The advantage of this is managing a central repository of installed fonts accessible by all programs on the computer rather than managing individual repositories.

Windows

Step 1

Download or transfer the font file of your choice to your computer desktop.

Step 2

Navigate to the control panel by clicking the "Start" button, then "Settings," then "Control panel." Alternately, depending on your version of windows, click the "Start" button, then choose "Settings."

Step 3

Open the "Fonts" folder from within the control panel and select "File," then "Install New Font." Choose the font file you have saved to your desktop in the file open dialog box that pops up.

Click "OK" to install the selected font.

Mac

Step 1

Download or transfer the font file of your choice to your computer desktop.

Step 2

Navigate to the "Library/Fonts" folder when logged in as the administrator to make your fonts accessible able to all users on the computer.

Copy or drag the downloaded font files into the open "Font" folder to install the font.

Tip

  • If you do not have administrator rights on your Mac, navigate to the "Users/Library/Fonts" folder to install a font for a single user.

Items you will need

  • Font files

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