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:
- Open the Character panel. Do one of the following:
- Choose Windows > Type > Character.
- Select the text to view Character settings in the Control panel or Properties panel.
- Press Command+T (macOS) or Ctrl+T (Windows).
- Choose Windows > Type > Character.
- Click the Set Font Family drop-down.
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.
- Select a text on your artboard or choose a sample text from the drop-down.
- Hover the pointer over a font name in the font list available in the Control panel or Character 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.
- In the Character panel, click the Find More tab.
- Browse the font list and select a font. To preview the font on the selected text, hover over the font name.
- Click the Activate icon displayed next to the font. The Activate icon shows a check mark after the font is activated and available for use.
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:
- Choose Edit > Preferences > Type.
- Select Enable Japanese Font Preview in 'Find More'.
The changes are applied only when you relaunch Illustrator.
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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.
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:
- Search for variable in the font list or look for the icon next to the font name.
- Click Variable Font icon () in the Control panel, Character panel, Character Styles panel, and Paragraph Styles panel.
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:
- Choose a size from Type > Size.
- Set a font size in Font Size drop-down the Character or Control panel.
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:
- In the Control or Character panel, choose a font and a font style from the Font Family and Font Style drop-down list.
- Choose Type > Font / Recent Fonts and select a font name.
- Click the current font name and type the first few characters of the font you want.
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.
To find and replace fonts in a document:
- Choose Type > Find Fonts.
- Select the name of a font. The first occurrence of the font is highlighted in the document window.
- Select a replacement font in the Replace With Font From drop-down.
- Choose Document to list only the fonts that are used in the document
- Choose System to list all fonts installed on your computer.Click Change to change just one occurrence of the selected font.
- Click Change All to change all occurrences of the selected font.
Font name is removed from the list when it's all occurrences are removed from the document.
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.