Downloading / Installing Fonts

Type font is a very important aspect when tied into artwork; just as using the wrong colour or shape can can throw off your work, so can a font.  That’s why it’s important to shop around beyond the limitations of our system’s default fonts in Microsoft Word and Photoshop.

Sites like: and offer free downloadable fonts for artists like us to use.

How it works:

1. Find a font you like.  Click “Download” and “Save As” into your H: drive.

2. Open folder and find your zip file.  Right Click and select “Extract Files.”  Your files should then be ready to access.

3. Install your new font:

Install Option 1:

Windows 7/Vista: Right-click on the font files > “Install”

Windows XP: Put the font files into C:\Windows\Fonts

Mac OS X: Double-click the font file > “Install font” button.

(Note: As we are working on school computers (Windows 7) and we don’t have full access to the system, this option may not work.)

Install Option 2:

Go into Photoshop and open your “Type” Tool Options Panel.  Click on the drop down arrow and select “Load Font.”  This will prompt you to find your font file.  Select your file and Photoshop will load it into the system.

(Note: Because the systems reset every time we log off, you will have to reload any new fonts you may want to come back to next time you login.)