21 May

How to Use Custom Fonts in Photoshop CS3

Tools needed for this Tutorial

Photoshop (Any Version will work)

WinRar

In this tutorial, I will be showing you where to find your custom fonts on the web, where to put them on your hard drive, how to open .rar files and how to use your college fonts properly in Photoshop. Also, it would be good to know that for this tutorial I am running under Windows XP.

You can get WinRar at the following link—- gt;www.rarlabs.com Download to desktop, install and you’re ready to go. What this program allows you to do is to gather multiple files and “zip” them together so it cuts the hassle of having to send multiple files at a time. More than likely the fonts that you download will come as .rar’s, carrying multiple files.

Firstly, let’s talk about where to find your custom fonts. Below are a few links I’ve gathered to help you get started on finding the font that suits you.

  • www.dafont.com
  • www.abstractfonts.com
  • www.1001FreeFonts.com
  • www.fontfoundry.com/

You can find thousands of sites just like these. Head over to your favorite search engine and type in “Custom Font”.

One thing I would like to note is on many of these websites you will have to make sure that the font you download is Free to Use. Normally on the same page as the text and font name, the “Free to use” will be visible somewhere close.

On to the 2nd part of this tutorial; Putting them on your hard drive.

This is important to know because if you do not place them in the right folder, Photoshop will not recognize them, thus you will not be able to use them properly.

When you have your custom font downloaded (usually placed on your desktop), it will either come as a .rar or just the single font file. If you have WinRar, right-click on your .rar (The icon will look like a stack of books) and click on “Extract here”. This will extract all of the files inside the .rar into the same place the .rar is located (on the desktop in this example). Now simply select all of your files, right-click on one of them, cut, and navigate to your Control Panel. If you do not know where your Control Panel is, it’s Start gt; Control Panel. Now that you are inside your Control Panel, there will be a folder called “Fonts”. Place these files inside of that folder and you’re done. Simple, huh?

Lastly, if you want to use your new custom font in Photoshop simply open Photoshop up, make a new document, mouse over and click on the “T” on the left panel. From here, go into your new document, click, drag and that’s it. Start typing!

I hope this tutorial was helpful! 🙂