A font is a complete set of characters—letters, numbers, and symbols—that share a common weight, width, and style, such as 10‑pt Adobe Garamond Bold.
Typefaces (often called type families or font families) are collections of fonts that share an overall appearance, and are designed to be used together, such as Adobe Garamond.
A type style is a variant version of an individual font in a font family. Typically, the Roman or Plain (the actual name varies from family to family) member of a font family is the base font, which may include type styles such as regular, bold, semibold, italic, and bold italic. If a font doesn’t include the style you want, you can apply faux styles—simulated versions of bold, italic, superscript, subscript, all caps, and small caps styles.
Typefaces include many characters in addition to the ones you see on your keyboard. Depending on the font, these characters can include ligatures, fractions, swashes, ornaments, ordinals, titling and stylistic alternates, superior and inferior characters, old‑style figures, and lining figures. A glyph is a specific form of a character. For example, in certain fonts, the capital letter A is available in several forms, such as swash and small cap.
To make fonts available to Photoshop and other Adobe Creative Suite applications, install them in these system folders:
You can view samples of a font in the font family and font style menus in the Character panel and other areas in the application from where you can choose fonts. The following icons are used to indicate different kinds of fonts:
To turn off the preview feature or change the point size of font names choose Type > Font Preview Size, and choose an option.
Take the guesswork out of identifying certain fonts and let Photoshop CC do the hard work for you. Thanks to the magic of intelligent imaging analysis, using just a picture of a Latin font, Photoshop CC can use machine learning to detect which font it is and match it to licensed fonts on your computer or on Typekit, suggesting similar fonts.
Follow these steps:
- Select the area of the image containing the text whose font you want to analyze.
- Select Type > Match Font. Photoshop displays a list of fonts similar to the font in the image, including fonts from Typekit.
- If necessary, deselect Show Fonts Available To Sync From Typekit to view only fonts available locally on your computer.
- In the results, click the font closest to the font in the image.
- Click OK. Photoshop selects the font you clicked.
Match Font, font classification, and font similarity features currently work only for Roman/Latin characters.
- Draw the selection box, such that it includes a single line of text.
- Closely crop the selection box to the left and right edges of the text.
- Use Match Font on a single typeface and style. Don't mix typefaces and styles inside the Match Font selection.
- Straighten or correct perspective on the image before choosing Type > Match Font.
While searching for fonts, you can narrow down the results by filtering fonts by classification, like Serif or Sans Serif, or by visual similarity. Further, you can choose to search among fonts installed on your computer or synchronized fonts from Typekit.
A. Filter fonts by classification B. Show synchronized fonts from Typekit C. "Star" favorite fonts D. Show similar fonts
Show Similar Fonts
Show fonts, including fonts from Typekit, that are visually similar to the selected font.
- Choose a font filter in the Character panel or the Options bar. If more than one variant of a font family is installed on your computer—for example, Regular, Italic, Bold, and Bold Italic—the different variants are grouped under the same menu item. You can expand the item and select the desired variant.
Use the Up and Down arrow keys to navigate the font list. Using the Cmd/Ctrl+Down arrow key combination over a font family expands it. Using the Cmd/Ctrl+Up arrow key combination over a font family or a variant within it collapses the font family.
- If the font family you chose does not include a bold or italic style, click the Faux Bold button or the Faux Italic button in the Character panel to apply a simulated style. Alternatively, choose Faux Bold or Faux Italic from the Character panel menu.
- Try dynamic shortcuts. Dynamic shortcuts are keyboard shortcuts that are available (in edit mode only from the Character panel menu) for Faux Bold, Faux Italic, All Caps, Small Caps, Superscript, Subscript, Underline, and Strikethrough.
- You cannot apply Faux Bold formatting to warped type.
You can search for a font family and style by typing its name in the text box. As you type, fonts whose names contain the text you entered begin appearing. Continue typing until your desired font or style name appears.
If a document uses fonts that aren’t installed on your system, you see an alert message when you open it. If you later try to edit type layers with missing fonts, Photoshop prompts you to substitute an available matching font. If many layers contain missing fonts, you can quicken the substitution process by choosing Type > Replace All Missing Fonts.
Glyph protection protects against incorrect, unreadable characters that appear if you enter non‑roman text (for example, Japanese or Cyrillic) after selecting a roman font. By default, Photoshop provides glyph protection by automatically selecting an appropriate font. To disable glyph protection, deselect Enable Missing Glyph Protection in the Type preferences.
OpenType fonts use a single font file for both Windows and Macintosh computers, so you can move files from one platform to another without worrying about font substitution and other problems that cause text to reflow. They may include a number of features, such as swashes and discretionary ligatures, that aren’t available in current PostScript and TrueType fonts.
OpenType fonts display the icon in the font lists.
When working with an OpenType font, you can automatically substitute alternate glyphs, such as ligatures, small capitals, fractions, and old style proportional figures, in your text.
A. Ordinals B. Discretionary ligatures C. Swashes
OpenType fonts may include an expanded character set and layout features to provide richer linguistic support and advanced typographic control. OpenType fonts from Adobe that include support for central European (CE) languages include the word “Pro,” as part of the font name in application font menus. OpenType fonts that don’t contain central European language support are labeled “Standard,” and have an “Std” suffix. All OpenType fonts can also be installed and used alongside PostScript Type 1 and TrueType fonts.
See OpenType for more information on OpenType fonts.
Are typographic replacements for certain pairs of characters, such as fi, fl, ff, ffi, and ffl.
Are alternative characters included in some script typefaces to provide better joining behavior. For example, when using Caflisch Script Pro with contextual alternatives enabled, the letter pair “bl” in the word “bloom” is joined so that it looks more like handwriting.
Are typographic replacement characters for letter pairs, such as ct, st, and ft.
Although the characters in ligatures appear to be joined, they are fully editable and do not cause the spelling checker to flag a word erroneously.
Are numerals shorter than regular numerals, with some old style numerals descending below the type baseline.
Formats characters (usually all in capitals) designed for use in large‑size settings, such as titles.
Are devices that add a personal signature to the type family and can be used as title page decoration, paragraph markers, dividers for blocks of text, or as repeated bands and borders.
Automatically formats ordinal numbers (such as 1st and 2nd) with superscript characters. Characters such as the superscript in the Spanish words segunda and segundo (2a and 2o) are also typeset properly.
Automatically formats fractions; numbers separated by a slash (such as 1/2) are converted to a shilling fraction (such as ).
You can’t preview OpenType features, such as contextual alternates, ligatures, and glyphs in Photoshop before you apply them. However, you can preview and apply OpenType features by using the Adobe Illustrator Glyphs panel. Copy and paste your text into Adobe Illustrator and use the Glyphs panel to preview and apply OpenType features. You can then paste the text back into Photoshop.