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Newbie Notes: Fonts 2

April 21, 2010

I mentioned in Newbie Notes: Fonts 1 about “opening” fonts without installing them, and Leah asks how do you do this? When you use a program that utilizes fonts like Photoshop (or Word, Publisher etc), the fonts are available to you because they are pre-installed in your computer’s Fonts folder in the Control Panel. You don’t have to do anything to make them usable. They are there automatically as soon as you open each program. When you become interested in acquiring more fonts and start downloading your own, you either need to install these yourself  in the Control Panel (NN: Fonts 3 will cover this  😉  ), or use the tip in NN: Fonts 1…So, how do you “open” a font?

When you start downloading fonts, you need to set up a folder to keep them all in one place. Then to use NN: Fonts 1, before you open up Photoshop, navigate your way to your downloaded fonts folder and open the file that contains the font you want to use. You need to be able to see the actual font, not just the folder but the  icon (see below)…Now open Photoshop, and away you go!

Addendum to Newbie Notes: Fonts 1

Please note that there is one drawback to accessing fonts in this manner. If you are working on an item that you are going to save as a PSD layered file, your Text Layers will not save the font. When you next open the file, you will get an error message saying that the text layers need to be updated because fonts are missing. A way around that is to rasterize the Text Layer when you have finished editing it. (Select layer – right click – Rasterize Layer). This will save your text but as an image. It will no longer be editable type. Or go for a “belt and braces” approach – duplicate your Text layer and rasterize one of them. Then if you need to edit your text further, just repeat the NN: Fonts 1 tip.

I will be adding some of my favourite Free Fonts sites to my sidebar under Resources.

What’s your Go To place for font goodies?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 21, 2010 8:14 pm

    One great site is fontgarden.com. Check it out 🙂 Hugs

  2. Kirsten permalink
    April 30, 2010 8:48 am

    What a lovely card!

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