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Adding font to illustrator from fontbook.

New Here ,
Aug 29, 2018 Aug 29, 2018

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I was wondering if someone knew how to add a font from the fontbook on mac to illustrator. Ive been watching videos and still nothing on how to do it. If someone can help me out with this question that would be great.

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Community Expert , Aug 30, 2018 Aug 30, 2018

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Aug 30, 2018 Aug 30, 2018

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If you activate it in Fontbook it should be available in Illustrator automatically. If it isn't that is a sign that the font is not working.

Which font is it?

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Aug 30, 2018 Aug 30, 2018

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Its the manzipen sc font.

and it dosent not pop up in illustrator even thought its in my fontbook.

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Aug 30, 2018 Aug 30, 2018

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Is that a freefont?

Illustrator will only work with quality fonts. Not saying that a freefont isn't a quality font, but many of them just have issues.

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Aug 30, 2018 Aug 30, 2018

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You are either having technical/font cache issues, or possibly the font name is slightly different but falling in an entirely different place in the font menu. Sounds like a foreign character font, can you please tell us something more about this font.

Reset your font cache

https://www.jamapi.com/products/fontnuke/

Restart your computer

If you still need help can we see a screenshot of your Manzipen in font book?

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Adobe Employee ,
Sep 06, 2018 Sep 06, 2018

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Hi Joe,

I would like to know if the steps suggested above worked for you, or the issue still persists.

Kindly update the discussion if you need further assistance with it.

Thanks,

Srishti

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New Here ,
Apr 21, 2023 Apr 21, 2023

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Hi all these notes are very old but I am having the same problem. Fonts in font book are not activating in Illustrator. How do I get them to show or empty the font cache please.

 

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Aug 31, 2018 Aug 31, 2018

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This one reason I like PCs better than Macs. 

When I was using Macs, I found it better to use a Font Manager application versus using Fontbook.  Fontbook is the worst.

Suitcase Fusion

I was using the old version of Suitecase and it was great.  I could turn fonts on and fonts off easily.  Also it can handle thousands and thousands of fonts.  I think on my Mac I had 7000 fonts or so.

The version I had allowed me to set up folders and organize fonts however I wanted.  So I could set up a folder for Old West Style fonts, Asian style fonts, thin line fonts, etc.  What ever I wanted.  Then I could easily find the fonts I wanted to 'activate'.  And if I did not want them activated I simply could deactivate them.

Totally recommend trying out a Font Manager.  I am not sure what the best one is now.... but it is worth looking into.  Fontbook might have gotten better, but I think you will find a Font Manager application better to work with!  And there are some good free ones out there.

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Sep 04, 2018 Sep 04, 2018

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Adding fonts to FontBook essentially adds them to your system fonts. Once added in Fontbook they should be active by default. You can simply check this by opening FontBook and see if the font is shown in Black or Gray. Black means the font is active. Gray means the font is not active. If the font is Gray, you can simply select the font and then check the box at the top of the column to activate the font.

To simply check to see if the font is active and working, open TextEdit and see if the font appears in the menu. If yes, then it should appear in your Adobe application. If it appears in other applications and not your Adobe application, you may need to clear your font cache.

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