Windows 7 computers come with a lot of good fonts by default. These fonts vary wildly in their styling, ensuring that you will find something to suit your needs, whether it is a serious font, a fun font, a script font, or something else. However, Photoshop CS5 users often need to add something to their designs to make them really stand out for a crowd, and that is something that might not be possible using only your Windows 7 system fonts. Therefore, if you want to know how to add fonts to Photoshop CS5, all you need to do is figure out how to add fonts to your Windows 7 computer, as those fonts will automatically be added to your Photoshop CS5 installation.
How To Add Fonts to Photoshop CS5
Once you have acquired the font that you want to add to Photoshop CS5, you need to locate it on your computer. For the purpose of this tutorial I am using a font file called Chopin Script, which I found at Dafont.com. Most fonts are distributed inside of a zip folder, so you will need to extract the files form the zip folder before you can add the font to Adobe Photoshop CS5. Extract the font files by right-clicking on the downloaded zip file, then clicking Extract All.
This will open a new window. Click the Extract button at the bottom of the window to extract the folder to the same location as your zipped file. This will also open the folder to display the font files contained within.
Click on the extracted font file within the folder, then click Install. All of the fonts on your Windows 7 computer are located in the same folder, so you don’t need to take any additional action once the script has been extracted to get the font into Photoshop CS5.
You can confirm that you have added the font to Photoshop CS5 by launching the program, clicking the Text tool in the toolbar at the left side of the window, then clicking the Font drop-down menu to find your newly installed font.
With the font installed in Photoshop CS5, you are now free to perform all of the same actions on that font that you could with the default fonts, such as adjusting the size, adding layer styles, changing the color of the font, etc.
*After installing the new font in Windows 7, you may need to shut down Photoshop CS5 and restart it before you can see the new font in the font drop-down menu at the top of the window.
*Many of the fonts that you find on Dafont.com and other similar sites may be free to download and use for personal purposes, but be careful if you intend to use the font on a website or for a commercial product. Most of these fonts will include a disclaimer that indicates what type of license comes with the font but, if you are unsure, contact the font designer to determine how you can use the font without fear of legal ramification.