FAQ

The section "FAQ" includes the answers to some frequently asked questions about fonts. You will find information concerning font installation: how to install fonts on your PC (XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Mac OS); how to purchase fonts at AZfonts; how to add fonts to Photoshop, Corel, PowerPoint. The section has been constantly updating by new materials and interesting articles about fonts.

How to Install Fonts

Fonts come from many locations. They can come with your desktop publishing, word processing, or graphics software. You may have them on a CD. They can be downloaded from the Web.

  1. When fonts come with your software they are often installed at the same time the software is installed. Usually no further action is required by the user. However, if you are using some types of very specialized software (some CAD programs, older 1990s era software) the fonts that come with the software may be proprietary and not in TrueType, OpenType, or PostScript format. Those fonts can probably only be used with that specific software.
  2. Fonts on CD or other disk need to be installed to your hard drive (unless you plan to always have that disk in the drive). The disk may come with an installation program for the fonts or you can use the methods described further down this page.
  3. Fonts downloaded from the Web may be ready for installation; but, usually, fonts from the Web are stored in archives that must first be opened. This is where many new font finders run into problems. Occasionally fonts on disk may also be in archives so depends on operating system you have you need to choose the right one below.

You’ve purchased file with new fonts and would like to install them in Photoshop too. Click the Start button, click Control Panel, open Font folder. There are already used fonts in this folder. Drop new fonts into this folder. From now you can use these fonts not only in Photoshop but in Word too.

Copy the font files (.ttf or .otf) to fonts:// in the File manager, or: Go into the /home folder, in the menu select View > Show Hidden Files, you will see the hidden folder .fonts (if not, create it) then copy the font files there.

Mac OS X recognizes TrueType and OpenType fonts (.ttf and .otf) but not the PC bitmap fonts (.fon). Files are compressed, you may need an utility like Stuffit Expander.

  1. Under Mac OS X 10.3 or above (including the FontBook): Double-click the font file > «Install font» button at the bottom of the preview
  2. Under any version of Mac OS X: Put the files into /Library/Fonts (for all users), or into /Users/Your_username/Library/Fonts (for you only)
  3. Under Mac OS 9 or earlier: The old Mac fonts are not supported anymore at dafont. First, you have to convert the font files (.ttf or .otf) you have downloaded. Then drag the fonts suitcases into the System folder. The system will propose you to add them to the Fonts folder.
  1. Copy the new font from its folder to the Font Directory (located at C:\Windows\Fonts). Navigate to, and open, the Windows Font Directory. In another window, open your new font folder Drag the fonts from their folder into the Font Directory. If you want to install all the fonts in a folder, follow these steps: Type CTL-A to select all the fonts. Type CTL-C to copy all the selected fonts. Navigate to your Font Directory, and press CTL-V to paste all your fonts into that folder.
  2. Open the font directly and install it. Open the folder containing the new font. Right-click on the font file you wish to install and select Open. In the resulting Font Preview screen, click on the Install button at the top left of the window.
  3. Use a shortcut. You can also choose fonts located in another directory, or even another drive In the Windows Font Directory, click on «Fonts Settings.» This can also be accessed via the Control Panel. Check the option Allow fonts to be installed using a shortcut. Double-click on a font, and next to the install button there will now be a Use shortcut checkbox. Make sure it is checked for that font. Note that if you remove that drive or directory, the font will not be available for your applications.
  1. Open the font directly and install it. Right-click on the font you want to install. Select Install from the menu
  2. Use the Control Panel. Click the Start button, click Control Panel, click Appearance and Personalization, and then click Fonts. Click File, then click Install New Font. If you don’t see the File menu, press ALT. In the Add Fonts dialog box, under Drives, click the drive that contains the font you want to install. Under Folders, double-click the folder containing the fonts you wish to add. Under List of Fonts, click the font that you want to add, then click Install
  1. Open Fonts folder. Click the Start button, click Control Panel, click Appearance and Themes. Under See Also, click Fonts
  2. On the File menu, click Install New Font
  3. In Drives, click the drive you want
  4. In Folders, double click the folder that contains the fonts you want to add
  5. In List of fonts, click the font you want to add, then click OK
  6. To add all the listed fonts, click Select All and then click OK

To remove fonts from Windows:

  1. Open the folder \ WINDOWS \ Fonts
  2. Select the font you want to delete
  3. Press the right mouse button, the shortcut menu, click Delete
  4. In the next window confirm it
  5. Attention! Be careful by removing fonts, some fonts required by the operating system to work: Courier New (including: Bold, Italic, Bold Italic), Arial (including: Bold, Italic, Bold Italic), Times New Roman (including: Bold, Italic, Bold Italic), Symbol, Wingdings, MS Serif, MS Sans Serif.

If you specify a particular font in your web pages which is not installed on the visitor's machine, it will be replaced by the default font in his browser, Usually Times New Roman. Of course, you can specify several fonts in the CSS by priority order, but nothing is guaranteed. The 4 main solutions:

  1. to realize a title with a particular font, the easiest method is to make an image. Use a drawing program and save the image as PNG or GIF.
  2. for a long text and only under IE, you can embed the fonts so visitors will download them at the same time as the pages.
  3. for a long text under any browser, you can use special scripts, like True Font Family Script
  4. generate an image with PHP
How to purchase fonts

AZfonts cooperates with many font foundries and designers. There are two ways of purchasing the commercial fonts.

  1. You can purchase fonts directly from AZfonts (at AZfonts they are called as 'commercial'): such fonts already have the price displayed under the Buy button. EULA is in the 'View license and trademarks' at the right sidebar. When the order is placed you will receive 2 e-mails: one is for the order placing and one is for the order fulfillment. You can download the purchased font in your User cabinet.
How to sell fonts

Searching for new ways to sell the fonts you have created? We invite font foundries and designers to work with us directly on favorable terms. Will AZfonts customers be able to buy the fonts from AZfonts without any third links? - you may ask. Yes, they will!

AZfonts has no particularly strict conditions of the font submission. So many partnership programs contain a special clause prohibiting the font publishing (submitting/selling) at third-party websites in case of the contract with one font shop ('Exclusive contract'). You may place your fonts simultaneously at any third-party websites or resources. AZfonts pays 75% from each sale. You receive commission and report with detailing drawn up at the end of every month for the previous month's earning. However, AZfont only sends the commission if you reach the minimum payment threshold for your payee's payment method. Otherwise, your commission rolls over to the next month until you reach the minimum. You receive the report for the higher "transparency" every month in any case.

It should be noted that this pricing recommendations are voluntary and non-binding in character. Above all, it is your own intellectual property which can be estimated according to your wish. However, based on our observations, if the font costs too much it might discourage potential buyers. On the other hand, too low price will not bring profit. The best price is about $10 for usual text font ('workhorse') and about $40-50 for the good qualitative font with fancy look (of course, if talking about the price for the one font, not the entire font family).

Font downloading

AZfonts distributes neither commercial nor pirated fonts freely. If the font is commercial you have to purchase it. AZfonts has the advanced category of Free fonts that are legally distributed and the license to have a look at is available. Some fonts have no opportunity to be downloaded or purchased due to the fact their owners no longer distribute or support them. The information about these fonts and foundries you can find in 'View license and trademarks' in the right sidebar. However, you always can replace these fonts with similar ones. You may contact us and request the information related to the similarity of the font you are seeking for, if it could not be purchased/downloaded for free. AZfonts Support Team will always find the right one for you in a very short time and send you the font link back.