Looking for the right font for your artwork? Learn how to access, activate, and edit a font that's perfect for your typographic design.
Illustrator automatically imports and loads all fonts that are installed on your Windows or macOS. To use a new font, you must download that font on your computer. For more details, see Add a new font.
Before you start, type your text using the Type tool. For more details, see Create text.
To view and browse through a wide variety of font families and font types:
To look for a font, you can type the font name (if you know it already) in the Font family drop-down in the Character panel or Control panel.
To turn off the preview, deselect Preferences > Type > Enable in-menu font previews.
Change the text size while previewing by clicking Sample Size small, Sample Size medium, and Sample Size large icons.
When an Illustrator document contains any missing Adobe Fonts, they are automatically activated if all the fonts are available in Adobe Fonts. This task runs in the background without displaying the Missing Fonts dialog.
By default, this Auto-activate Adobe Fonts is disabled in Illustrator. To enable, select Auto-activate Adobe Fonts from Edit > Preferences > File Handling.
If there are missing fonts in your document, then Illustrator checks and automatically activates fonts from Adobe Fonts site as per the below scenarios:
You can also check the progress of activation of missing fonts in Background Tasks panel. To view the background tasks, use one of the below two options:
Not found that right font? Activate more fonts from Adobe fonts.
A. Activated fonts filter B. Activated family font C. Font to be activated D. Activated font E. Deactivated font F. Activate font G. Font activation in progress H. Font family drop-down I. Number of font family styles J. More details about this font
In the Find More tab, you can browse and preview all Japanese fonts available on fonts.adobe.com.
To set the preference to enable the preview of Japanese fonts:
The changes are applied only when you relaunch Illustrator.
Watch this video to quickly get started with Adobe Fonts.
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You can quickly find fonts that you use frequently and filter them in the Fonts tab of the Character panel or Properties panel.
A. Classification filter B. Favorites C. Show recently added D. Activated font E. Sample text options F. Sample text size options G. Font type H. Add to favorites I. View similar
In the Classification Filter drop-down list, select your preferred font classes to narrow down the font list. By default, all font classes are displayed. Only Roman fonts can be filtered using this filter.
Click Clear All to remove the filter.
To set frequently used fonts as favorites, hover over a font and then click the Favorite icon displayed next to the font name. To filter all your favorite fonts, click the Show only Favorites filter.
To filter all the fonts that you added and activated in the last 30 days, click the Show Recently Added icon.
Note: Recently used and starred fonts are preserved across Illustrator sessions.
To filter fonts that are visually similar, hover over a font and click the View Similar icon. Fonts closest in visual appearance to the selected font appear on top in the search results.
The variable font is an OpenType font for which you can customize the attributes, such as weight, width, slant, optical size. These fonts provide flexibility and customization of font attributes to create responsive web lettering and typography.
To adjust the weight, width, and slant for variable fonts using slider controls:
You can modify the font size, font family, font style, and typeface to match your requirements.
You can also change the default font (Myriad Pro) in Illustrator. For more details, see How to change the default font in Illustrator?
Select a text and do one of the following:
By default, font size is measured in points (a point equals 1/72 of an inch).
You can change the unit of measurement for type in the Preferences dialog box.
Select the text you want to change. If you do not select a text, the font applies to new text you create. Do the following to select a font type or a style:
To change the number of fonts in the Recent Fonts, choose Edit > Preferences > Type (Windows) or Illustrator > Preferences > Type (macOS), and set the Number of Recent Fonts option.
This article got you started with adding, activating, and editing a font in Illustrator. Now, use the power of fonts to design your typographic artwork. If you still have any questions, check out the Fonts | FAQ and troubleshooting tips.
Want to create your own font? Check out this page.