Get New Fonts to Work with via Typekit (and Your Creative Cloud Subscription)

(Perhaps the headline should read "Get New Fonts to Play with," because you and I both know that’s what font geeks, and anyone enchanted by typography, like to do. Yeah, I’m watching you, dekeTypographiliacs.)

Last week’s update to Creative Cloud finally brought access to Typekit’s library of fonts for desktops everywhere. This means that, with your CC subscription, you can now pop over to Typekit and grab up typefaces from their rich library to use in your Photoshop, InDesign, Lightroom, etc. projects. 

Installing these fonts is a pain-free exercise. You can watch Deke’s demonstration of just how easy it is to install a new font from his new Introducing Illustrator course (via an unlocked movie at 

Although synced Typekit fonts will work with all your Adobe desktop applications (and I have even seen my synced font in Pages, as well), the integration works particularly efficiently in InDesign and Illustrator. In fact, one of the most thrilling aspects of this immediate access to new fonts is avoidance of the dreaded pink Missing Font highlight in your InDesign document. You know the one; if you haven’t experienced this before, here’s a screenshot of my most recent encounter with this horrifyingly pepto-colored phenomenon: 

Somebody send me Museo, stat. Fortunately, in the Missing Font dialog box that accompanies this horror, you have the immediate choice to sync to Typekit fonts you may be lacking: 

And both InDesign and Illustrator have easy access to the Typekit library in their font-related popup menus, via a handy green button that appears when you’re using a typeface field. You can also filter your typefaces to see only fonts that came from Typekit. Here’s what it looks like in the Type options bar in Illustrator:

Of course, you don’t have to launch Illustrator or InDesign to add desktop fonts from Typekit. As Deke demonstrates in the video, the Creative Cloud application has a tab from which you can connect to Typekit for font shopping as well: 

Add new fonts via Typekit in the Creative Cloud application

Once you arrive at the Typekit site, you can search by name (as Deke demonstrates in the video) or you can browse lists of typefaces that have been editorially collected for you. For instance, you might want to peruse "Alternatives to Helvetica." Note the cool descriptions of each alternative and the awesome use of Kafka for the sample text: 

Typekit offeres editorial lists of typeface alternatives to help you find what you want.

When you find what you’re looking for, click on the desktop-like icon to make it available for desktop use. (Some of the fonts can only be used on the web, but the desktop availability is fairly broad.)

Look for the desktop availability icon for fonts on Typekit

As far as use goes, the terms for using Typekit fonts are pretty liberal, but hard to immediately discover: Click here to see the font licensing rules. 

As someone who loves to play with typefaces and dreads the missing font highlight, this instant typographical gratification from Adobe Typekit is a real bonus with Creative Cloud. 

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