Even though your machine came with preloaded fonts, sometimes especially for Graphic Designers you always want to add to your font repository. How do i do that on my machine is always the question. First you have to search for the font you want to add, either bought, free or sent from a friend, you will have to download it to your machine’s hard drive first.

The font above is scriptina, you can download it here . Looking for a good place to get fonts, try dafont.com

Windows System

  • Under Windows 7/Vista:
    Select the font files (.ttf, .otf or .fon) then Right-click > Install
  • Under any version of Windows:
    Place the font files (.ttf, .otf or .fon) into the Fonts folder, usually C:\Windows\Fonts or C:\WINNT\Fonts
    (can be reached as well by the Start Menu > Control Panel > Appearance and Themes > Fonts).

Mac Operating System

Mac OS X recognizes TrueType and OpenType fonts (.ttf and .otf) but not the PC bitmap fonts (.fon)

  • Under Mac OS X 10.3 or above (including the FontBook) :
    Double-click the font file > “Install font” button at the bottom of the preview.
  • Under any version of Mac OS X:
    Put the files into /Library/Fonts (for all users),
    or into /Users/Your_username/Library/Fonts (for you only)

Linux Operating System

Copy the font files (.ttf or .otf) to fonts:// in the File manager,
Go into the /home folder, in the menu select View > Show Hidden Files, you will see the hidden folder .fonts (if not, create it) then copy the font files there

If you are using the new font with a software, It is sometimes necessary to relaunch the current application to be able to use the new font.
Then you may proceed as usual, the font will appear in your software’s font combo-box (word processing, drawing etc.).