Set Sail Studios Font Installation Guide

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Set Sail Studios Font Installation Guide

So, you’ve grabbed a copy of that font you’ve been eyeing up for a while. Hooray!

But now what? Don’t worry, you’re not alone – it’s a question we often get asked. For months I’ve been trying to direct customers to different installation guides and if I’m totally honest – they’re either way too complicated or miss out some important points. So here is Set Sail Studios’ Super Simple Font Installation Guide with a Needlessly Long Title!

Let’s break it down into 2 guides, depending on whether you’re using a Windows or a Mac computer;

Installing a font on a Windows Computer

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  • When you download your font, it will arrive in a .zip (compressed) file. You can usually open this directly from your browser window as seen above (this is using Google Chrome), or drag this downloaded file from here onto your desktop.Β It can also be found in your designated downloads folder, which by default is located at C:\users\your name\downloads. You can open (extract) the .zip folder simply by right clicking and selecting ‘extract all’.

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  • You should now see a folder containing your font files. We recommend installing the TTF versions of the font, which can be found in the TTF folder (crazy right?).

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  • Double click one of the font files, and an installation window will pop-up as shown above. Simply click ‘Install’ to install it to your computer. You will need to repeat this procedure for any other fonts included in the TTF folder.
  • You are now ready to use your new font! You can access it with any well known graphics or word processing software, for example Adobe Creative Suite, or the Microsoft Office software – it will now be available to select from the font menu in these programs. If you’re looking for a free graphics software to use the font with, why not try Inkscape or GIMP?
  • Please note if your font isn’t showing up yet in a font menu, we recommend restarting your computer to allow it to register the new changes.

Installing a font on a Mac Computer

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  • When you download your font, it will arrive in a .zip (compressed) file. You can usually open this directly from your browser window as seen above (this is using Google Chrome).Β It can also be located in your designated downloads folder. By default, the Downloads folder is available in the Finder sidebar and in the Dock.Β You can open (extract) the .zip folder simply by double clicking the file.

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  • You should now see a folder containing your font files. We recommend installing the TTF versions of the font, which can be found in the TTF folder (crazy right?).

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  • After double clicking one of the font files, you will see an installation window as shown above. Simply click ‘Install Font’ to install it to your computer. You will need to repeat this procedure for any other fonts included in the TTF folder.
  • You are now ready to use your new font! You can access it with any well known graphics or word processing software, for example Adobe Creative Suite, or the Microsoft Office software – it will now be available to select from the font menu in these programs. If you’re looking for a free graphics software to use the font with, why not try Inkscape or GIMP?
  • Please note if your font isn’t showing up yet in a font menu, we recommend restarting your computer to allow it to register the new changes.

 

That’s all there is to it guys! However if you run into any trouble please feel to get in touch and we’d be happy to help πŸ™‚

Happy font-ing!

– Sam @ Set Sail Studios

16 Comments on “Set Sail Studios Font Installation Guide

  1. Reply

    I tried all this, when I go to open the tif folder it show me the fonts but then when I click on the font I get the general info, SIZE, CREATED, MODIFIED, OWNER, GROUP checksum info SHA1, SHA256, MD2, MD5 and Hex Dump. it did not give me the install option

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      Hi Christopher,

      It sounds like you have a third party app assigned to open font files. Instead of double clicking on the font file, try right-clicking and then choosing ‘Open With’, and then select ‘Font Book’ (assuming you’re using a Mac computer). If ‘Font Book’ isn’t an option, select ‘Other…’ and then find ‘Font Book’ in the list of Applications. This should then open an installation window for the font.

      Let me know if that solves it.

      Cheers,
      Sam

    • Reply

      Hi Sue,

      Thanks for your feedback and that’s great to hear you found it useful! It definitely makes these blog posts worthwhile πŸ™‚

      Sam

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    Hey Sam,

    I bought your Northwell font yesterday and didn’t know how to get access to the marks that were already included in the download. I’m using a program called Canva. Not sure if you know anything about that. It had no issues uploading the font but didn’t know about the marks.

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      Hey Moria, thanks for purchasing πŸ™‚

      Did you mean the swashes/underlines? These are included in the download as their own separate font called ‘Northwell Swash’. If you open the TTF folder in your download, you should see ‘Northwell Swash.ttf’. Upload this font to your Canva brand kit, and then simply type any a-z character in the ‘Northwell Swash’ font to generate a swash/underline.

      I hope that helps but feel free to drop me an e-mail at sam@setsailstudios.com if I’ve misunderstood and I’d be happy to help further!

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    I just purchased Northwell font to use in my new logo. For some reason the font doesn’t look normal in Photoshop (CC 19.0). The letters are script-like but separated. I checked in InDesign and a few other apps where they work beautifully. Any reason why they are not working properly in PS? Thanks!

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    Hi Sam – In PS CC17 I can’t seem to turn off the anti alias, it’s creating a much more ‘smoothed out’ look. Any ideas on how to turn it off? Thanks!

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      Hi Jessica, thanks for the comment! Once the font is installed you can use it in any graphics program you have on your computer – and there are loads out there which allow you to create a logo! Personally I recommend using Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator to design a logo, you can get free 30 days trials for both of these programs at http://www.adobe.com/downloads, and there are plenty of tutorials on YouTube which show you how to create a logo from a font using these programs! Alternatively, there are many free graphics programs such as GIMP & Inkscape, and there are also more simple online graphic tools such as PicMonkey which allow you to create your own graphics from fonts installed on your computer – all within a web browser. Again if you’re looking to use one of these other programs, just head to YouTube and search how to create a logo with it.

      Lastly you could simply send the font to a freelance designer to create something for you, if you’re looking for a professional package. If you wanted a look at some of my recommended designers, check out this list! https://setsailstudios.com/recommended-designers/

      I hope that helps and good luck! πŸ™‚

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