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I have several fonts that were received with a website template, and the fonts are not in any installer program, they are simply separate files that are included. How do I install them so that Adobe Photoshop will pick them up?

In Microsoft Windows I can go to the Start Menu, then Settings, then the Control Panel and click on the fonts folder and I see many different fonts. However, I am concerned that if I just dump them there that they may cause a problem as I have heard fonts must be installed, not just copied to a folder.

What is the correct way to install fonts so that they can be utilized with Adobe Photoshop?

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    That's strange, I have copied fonts into the font folder and its worked a charm. Having said that, its obviously better you do follow what is suggested below as that is obviously a more secure and wise way to install the fonts. — Craig C.
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    Yeah it always used to work for me too when just copying the fonts into the folder, maybe its something that has changed as Microsoft Windows has progressed. — musik
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    I have always just copied the fonts into C:/Windows/Fonts and it worked great for me. — nero
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Assuming I have already extracted out any fonts from a zip or rar file, with Windows 10 I usually install fonts by selecting one or more fonts in Windows Explorer and then right clicking on them. I then simply click Install on the menu. Here are the exact steps:

  1. Extract fonts from any archive such as .zip or .rar first.
  2. Open up Windows Explorer and navigate to the location of your extracted fonts.
  3. Select one or more fonts that you wish to install into Windows.
  4. Right click on your selection and click on Install or Install or all users.
  5. Open up Adobe Photoshop and the fonts should be available to you.

Note: If you select the option to install for all users you will need administrative permissions.

Here is a screenshot of the Windows Dialog showing the Install Font option:

Windows Dialog to Install Fonts

Here is a screenshot of Adobe Photoshop showing the installed fonts:

Adobe Photoshop Fonts in Menu

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You don't install fonts in directly Photoshop. You install fonts into the Windows OS. Photoshop will pick them up same as any other application.

Don't just copy and paste them there. Try looking at install on the file menu of the fonts folder.

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    Just be sure that you don't have Photoshop loaded when installing fonts, or you will have to close it and reopen it. Photoshop doesn't load fonts on the fly. — UNFLUX
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    I've installed a font while Photoshop has been open, and the font has installed fine, and instantly appeared in Photoshop without restarting 😎 - I think something has changed and now its instant. — Captain-Nick
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    Same here 😛 — blink182av
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    Bah, I just obtained Adobe Photoshop a few days ago, and am trying to install these fonts. I have installed them and they show up on the list, but they're really big even on size 6. Maybe I'm just making a simple error that has a simple solution, but I'm stuck. I downloaded these 2 pixeled fonts and they're supposed to be pretty small, but they're turning out very large. So what's up with this? — RainMayYetCome
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    How large is the document you are trying to place the fonts on? Did you try saving the image and opening it up as a jpeg or a gif? — blink182av
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    I noticed that when I type with these pixel fonts on a larger image, they turn out fine. Although when I first obtained Photoshop and I typed with the pixel fonts on a smaller transparent image, it worked fine too. I'll try saving it as a gif. — RainMayYetCome
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    It worked! Oh thank you so much! — RainMayYetCome
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I also had difficulties installing fonts too. I thought if I copied and pasted them into the fonts folder they would work, but if it doesn't you actually have to install them.

Here is what I did to install fonts and to have them work with Adobe Photoshop:

  1. Click Start Menu.
  2. Start typing Control Panel and once you see it click to open.
  3. Click on Fonts.
  4. In the Fonts window, go to File, then Install New Font.
  5. Locate font on your computer (if more than one select the ones you want).
  6. Press OK, the fonts will install into your system.
  7. Next open Adobe Photoshop and the new fonts will be available to use.

A good program to use to browse your fonts if you are anything of a font maniac like me if this freeware program called The Font Thing:

The Font Thing

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    I have noticed a change in the way Windows handles fonts as well. I have always used the File > Install option to add fonts, but sometime after I upgraded Windows I noticed that I no longer have to restart Adobe Photoshop after installing new fonts. Before, I used to download new fonts while I was working on a project, which usually meant I had Photoshop already open. I would install the fonts then be required to restart Photoshop so they would show up in the list. However, now I can install new fonts without restarting Photoshop. — ScienceOfSpock
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    Thanks, Rose. That helped me tremendously. I was getting so frustrated trying to figure out how to use it in photoshop. I googled the question and voila found your answer! Thanks again! — dylamara
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With Microsoft Windows I just copy and paste the fonts into the fonts folder:

C:\Windows\Fonts

It comes up with a installation progress bar for a fraction of a second as it installs the fonts.

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