Fonts and typography
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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:
- 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.
Preview fonts in real time
- 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.
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.
When Auto-activate Adobe Fonts is enabled
If there are missing fonts in your document, then Illustrator checks and automatically activates fonts from Adobe Fonts site as per the below scenarios:
- If all the missing fonts are available in Adobe Fonts, they are activated in the background. You can continue to work with documents.
- If only some of the missing fonts are available in Adobe Fonts, they are activated in the background. A Missing Fonts dialog appears with a list of missing fonts.
- Click Replace Fonts and get the missing fonts from other sources or
- Close the dialog. The missing fonts will be replaced with default fonts.
- If none of the missing fonts are available in Adobe Fonts, a Missing Fonts dialog appears with a list of missing fonts.
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:
- Click Window > Utilities > Background Tasks.
- Click the blue spinner icon in the upper-right corner of Illustrator application header.
Activate Adobe Fonts
Not found that right font? Activate more fonts from Adobe fonts.
- 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.
Know more about Adobe Font icons
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
Looking for a Japanese 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:
- Choose Edit > Preferences > Type.
- Select Enable Japanese Font Preview in 'Find More'.
The changes are applied only when you relaunch Illustrator.
Watch this video to quickly get started with Adobe Fonts.
Read this blog: 20 Creative Ways to Use Adobe Fonts (You May Have Missed)
Organize and filter fonts
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.
Use variable fonts
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 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?
Change the font size
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.
Change the font family and style
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.
Find and replace fonts
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.