Fonts and Photoshop CS3?

Posted on 2007-07-20
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
Hey everyone,
I am running into what maybe an old problem. I am working on a Corporate Logo and trying to go through the insane number of fonts I have to find a couple that might work. The font's are not installed but in a folder. I am using Windows XP and CS3. I am using a program called Fontlister that lets me look at the font before I decide which ones I would like to use. The problem I am having is It appears if I have around 250 fonts installed CS3 just locks up. This is making the process very slow becuase Windows Has some fonts that you can't remove and there for I have only a small hand full of fonts that I can swap out. Anyone have a decent solution to this?

Question by:awinstead
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    Accepted Solution

    I use Font Expert from  There are others also available. The advantage to a font management program is that you can uninstall default windows fonts this way, and easily install needed fonts and then uninstall them when you're finished with them.

    Also, I might ask what RAM you have. You should be able to use 250 fonts alright. I don't know that I would do that generally because I'm a RAM freak. But 2-4 gb of RAM is not an overkill for Photoshop, especially if you're running an x64 OS.
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    by:David Brugge
    I agree with thinkwell. If you have "an insane number" of fonts, you really do need to use a font management program. It is foolish to tie up RAM to hold fonts that are rarely if ever used. A font manager lets you keep the fonts in reserve and install them and uninstall them with a mouse click.
    You can even build sets such as "Calligraphy" fonts or "Grunge" fonts that you can open only on special occasions, or you can build sets for a particular job that you can keep closed until needed.

    As a bonus, many font management programs will let you define what you want the font sample area to read. Instead of "The quick brown fox..." you can type in the exact wording for your logo or tag line then quickly scroll through every font on your system, picking out the ones to install for closer examination.

    My personal favorite is OT1 from

    Iherrou (the EE leading font Guru) recommends Font Viewer, available at:

    Font Viewer has fewer features, but it's FREE!
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    by:David Brugge
    The new font preview feature in Photoshop is quite a memory hog. You might turn off the preview. This will have the additional benefit of speeding up screen redraws.

    Go to Edit > Preferences > Fonts and uncheck Font Preview Size

    You can turn it back on the same way.

    Also, here is a comparison of some font management programs:

    David B.
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    Thanks for the points!

    Just wondering real quick, any reason for the "B" grade? We'd have been glad to try to help further if you had further details or questions... :-)

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