I’ve seen quite a few people asking how to add or install new fonts to their system for use in Photofiltre. The default Windows fonts installed are fine for letter writing or business applications but for graphic design you’ll definitely want a collection of interesting and stylish fonts in your collection.
Above: Just some of the fonts I have installed on my system.
Where to find new fonts.
Incredibly, there is a whole industry revolving around the designing of new fonts… and they’re making money from doing it. Yes indeed, some of the coolest and sexiest fonts do cost money.
Fortunately, there are plenty of font designers that do not charge for their work However this means quality does vary somewhat, from mediocre to very good.
Sources of free fonts:
Preview the font first before you download it.
Many of the font websites allow a preview of your own sample text to be typed in, which is great way to see what it looks like . This is also a nice time saver in helping you decide whether or not to download the font.
Do I want this font or not?
Click here –> AbstractFonts to preview the Pea Go-Girl font. Go ahead, type in your name to see what it looks like.
Note that Pea Glo-Girl font contains flowers and hearts in place of some of the lesser used characters, which can be quite useful.
Downloading the Font.
Once you have selected a font you like, click on the download link…
Save the file to a location such as Desktop or create a folder named “Fonts” in My Documents.
The AbstractFonts website allows you to download the font as either a .TTF file or a .ZIP file. If it’s a .zip file, you’ll need to extract the font by clicking on the .zip file. I prefer to use Winzip for dealing with .zip files, but if you’re using Windows XP or Vista then just click on the .zip file to extract it.
Above: Using Winzip on the downloaded font .zip file.
Pea Glo-Girl font has been extracted and ready to be installed.
Install the Font.
The best way to install new fonts is via Fonts in the Control Panel.
Select Fonts in the Control Panel….
…then goto –> File >> Install New Font
Find the location of your fonts and it should appear in the list of fonts.
If it doesn’t appear, then the location is wrong or the file is not a valid font file.
Click OK and the FONT is INSTALLED!!!
Lastly, to make the new font appear in the list of fonts in Photofiltre’s Text Tool, close and restart Photofiltre.
The new font “Pea Glo-Girl Script” will now appear in the list of fonts in Photofiltre’s text box.
Help! My new font does not appear in Photofiltre.
Things to do:
Make sure you have completely closed and restarted Photofiltre.
Check the new font has been installed correctly by going to another Windows application such as Word or Wordpad and checking the font appears in the list there. If it doesn’t, then the font has not been installed correctly.
I’ve have encountered some OpenType Fonts with the extension .OTF that do not work with Photofiltre, BUT seem to show up ok and work in other Windows programs without any problem… I’m not sure why this is and I have not found a solution. Anyhow, I’ve not yet encountered any problems with TrueType fonts (.TTF) of which is the most common format free fonts are in.
Hope this helps!