Fonts not showing up in Photoshop CS

Posted on 2005-05-05
Last Modified: 2013-12-03
ok- I purchased a large amount of fonts and have installed them - They are all in my "fonts" folder and work well in all of my other applications. However in Photoshop CS It only allows me to hoose the fonts that begin with the letters A -M as if it has put a limit to the number of fonts I can access while using the application. This is frustrating when I am working on a project and want to add say the SF republic font. Anybody have a clue as to how I can resolve this issue? thanks
Question by:nathan_winters
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    Hi Nathan,

    How many fonts are we talking about? For a large amount of fonts you should consider using a font management program like The Font Thing or Extensis' Font Reserve. Adobe applications do misbehave when there are too many fonts loaded in a system. As a general rule I try to keep the amount of loaded fonts to under 600.

    My setup consists of a separate folder (C:/TrueType fonts) that is divided into subfolders corrsponding to the letters of the alphabet, plus numbers and symbold (C:/TrueType fonts/A  or (C:/TrueType fonts/123 or (C:/TrueType fonts/~symbols) and I have my fonts allocated in those folders by their name. A keep another similar folder for Type1 fonts (C:/Type1 fonts).Then I use Font Navigator to load/unload fonts from there.

    Also, you should make sure that there's no TrueType and Type1 versions of the same font loaded at the same time.

    You can check out Font Reserve at:

    Good Vibes!!

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    adobe also makes its own font manager. There is a free light version, but this is not a true font manager and will not solve your problem.
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    If all you see is a-m, it's likely there's an arrow at the bottom that will give you another layer of flyout with the rest of the fonts.

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    No arrow for a  fly out... And also when I type in a letter in the text field box for my selected font. It will not pass M so if I choose S for sf republic it takes me to the last font that is available .
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    You should do what Lobo says. A large amount of fonts will slow up your system and applications becuase all the fonts in the system font folder (typically c:\windows\fonts on windows systems) are loaded when the system starts and when applications that uses fonts starts. Most likely Photoshop takes musch longer to start now that you've added all the fonts. I use Extensis Suitcase,, which makes me able to turn fonts on and off on the fly.

    You simply use another folder on your system to put all the fonts in, and tell Suitcase where they are. Very simple, very effective.

    Good luck

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