Use Photoshop’s enhanced font sorting tools to quickly find the font you need

Jan 19, 2017 No Comments by

Whether you’re searching for the perfect font to complement your design or you need to access a particular font from your library, scrolling through a long font list can feel like an annoying waste of time. Adobe has addressed this issue by enhancing the font sorting tools in Photoshop CC 2015, so you can spend less time scrolling and more time designing!

To explore these sorting options, select any of the Type tools from the Tools panel, and click on the Font pop-up menu on the tool options bar. The font filtering options are conveniently located at the top of the font list, as shown in Figure A. Now let’s look at the various ways you can find your favorite—or simply that much needed—font


Filter fonts by classification

The first way you can filter fonts is by classification. Visual characteristics such as whether a font has a serif, looks handwritten, or is decorative, for example, are classifications that Photoshop uses to categorize fonts. Click on the Filter pop-up menu and choose from one of the options shown in Figure B to have Photoshop display only fonts of that classification in the font menu. In our example, we chose Script from the font pop-up menu and, as shown in Figure C, Photoshop displayed only script type fonts in the menu.



Show synchronized fonts from Typekit 
Suppose you’re looking for a font that you know you installed from TypeKit, but you can’t remember the font name. No worries—click the TypeKit icon in the font filtering options, and Photoshop will display only the fonts synchronized from TypeKit, as shown in Figure D.

If you’re unfamiliar with this great resource, TypeKit is Adobe’s subscription-based font service, which offers thousands of fonts to use in your print and web designs. While it’s included in most Creative Cloud subscriptions, you’ll need to check to verify if it’s included with yours. (If you aren’t a TypeKit subscriber, visit to see purchasing options.)


Filter by favorites

Everyone has a host of favorite fonts they frequently use, and as luck would have it, yours is usually at the bottom of the long font list, right? You can resolve this issue by marking fonts as favorites, then filtering them by this type.

First, you’ll need to click the star next to any font you want to mark as a favorite. Then, click on the star icon in the filtering options to show only the starred favorite fonts in your font menu, as shown in Figure E.


Show similar fonts

We all grow tired of using the same font repeatedly, but sometimes a particular font style simply works best for a particular type of design. Another font filtering option is to show similar fonts—displaying just the fonts Photoshop perceives to be visually similar to the selected font, making it easy for you to choose an alternative font close in style to the one you usually use!

First, select a font from the font pop-up menu. Then click the Show Similar Font icon (the one with the wavy lines) in the font filtering options, and Photoshop displays only the fonts that are visually similar to the selected font. For our example shown in Figure F, when we selected Impact, Photoshop displayed a number of bold fonts that share similar characteristics.


Add Fonts from TypeKit

We mentioned earlier that you can sort fonts to display only those that you have synchronized from TypeKit. You can also add fronts from TypeKit directly from the font menu. To do this, click the Add Fonts From Typekit button at the far right of the filtering options. Photoshop launches your default browser taking you to the TypeKit website, as shown in Figure G. For more information on how to use TypeKit, see the article “Take advantage of Typekit and take your typography to town!” in the September 2014 issue of Inside Photoshop.


Designate how many recent fonts to display

After using a few fonts, you’ll probably notice that Photoshop displays recently used fonts at the top of the Font menu. While some users find this convenient, others may not. To edit the number of recently used fonts Photoshop displays—including choosing zero as an option—you’ll go to the Preferences.

Choose Edit > Preferences > Type (Photoshop > Preferences > Type on the Mac) to display the Type Options. In the Number of Recent Fonts to Display text box, enter a number indicating how many fonts you want to display, as shown in Figure H. If you don’t want Photoshop to display any recent fonts, enter 0, and click OK.



As with most new features and enhancements, the font filtering options are a huge time saver—especially if you have a large number of fonts installed on your computer. Not only can you can pick and choose just the type of font you want to display in the font menu, but you can quickly change the filtering option making your font searching task a breeze!

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