Font Installation & Troubleshooting

The following tips will help you to install and troubleshoot my fonts:


Font Installation

After you unzip your font product files, you will probably be able to see .OTF or .TTF files. To install a font, use one of the following methods:

Windows

  • Copy all of the files in EITHER .OTF or .TTF format (CTRL + C)
  • Open your Fonts folder in the Control Panel, then paste (CTRL + V) the fonts into the folder.
  • Important: Restart the software where you intend to use the font, and the fonts will show up in your font list when you boot it up again.
  • Here’s more information about installing fonts in more recent versions of Windows

Mac – Install manually (recommended)

  • Copy all of the files in the .OTF format (if available) OR .TTF format (CMD + C)
  • Paste (CMD + V) the files into this folder: HD > Library > Fonts
  • Important: Restart the software where you intend to use the font, and the fonts will show up in your font list when you boot it up again.

Mac – Install in Fontbook*

  • Open FontBook on your Mac
  • Click and drag the .OTF OR .TTF file to the open FontBook app (.OTF recommended if available)
  • Alternately, you can double click on the font file (if FontBook is the default app to open .OTF / .TTF files)
  • The font will open. Click “Install Font.”
  • Important: Restart the software where you intend to use the font, and the fonts will show up in your font list when you boot it up again.

* Use this method if you don’t have OpenType savvy apps like Illustrator, InDesign, or Photoshop CC2015. This will allow you to select, copy, and paste characters into virtually any app.

If you have already installed fonts and are not seeing them in your font list in Word, Photoshop, etc, you may need to restart the program. If after these tips they still aren’t showing up, please try these help files:


Additional Installation Issues


Troubleshooting Fonts in Microsoft Word

Here are the solutions to some common issues when using a script font in Microsoft Word:

Line Height Issues in Word: Tops and bottoms of the font cut off

Descenders cut off

If you notice that some of the descenders appear “cut off” when using the font in Microsoft Word, please follow these steps to correct the line spacing issue:

  • Select your text
  • Go to Format > Paragraph
  • In the Indents / Spacing tab, under Spacing, select “At Least” under line spacing and under “At” enter the size that corresponds to the size of your font (at least 120-150% of the font size.)
  • Alternately, select the option “1.5 lines” under Line Spacing. (This may be more effective for script fonts with large descenders or swashes.)

Kerning Issues in Word: The letters look squished

Kerning issues

If your font’s kerning (space between letters) looks incorrect, overlaps, or seems abnormally squished together, try this tip to fix it:

  • Select your text
  • Go to Format > Font > Advanced > and then check “Kerning for Fonts” __ points and above (you can choose any number you want.)
  • Your text should now appear to be kerned correctly.

Modified 4/11/2016

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