When I’m trying to figure out what font to use, I always go to Typekit first. I’ve written in the past about why I love them so much: the attention they lavish on font hinting for screen display, the awesome search tool they give you, and that so many available fonts are super-families. I also love that Typekit fonts are available in Webflow, the app I use to create type systems. There’s the added bonus of knowing for sure that the font you choose is available for use when creating digital marketing materials as well as print collateral.
As if that’s not enough, Typekit upped the ante in last August when they introduced their early access program to desktop font syncing with Creative Cloud applications. Why is that so awesome? It means you can sync Typekit fonts to your desktop via the Creative Cloud app and then use them in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. How *amazing* is that?
It’s super simple to do, too. As long as you have a Creative Cloud account and a minimum of a PortfolioTypekit account, you can use one of 175 font families from 7 top-tier foundries to create brochures, logos, flyers, business cards, infographics…anything, really. Here are the simple steps you need to follow to get up and running with desktop syncing:
#1. Sign in
Open the Creative Cloud application and sign in with your Adobe ID. Once you’ve been signed in, click the “Fonts” tab. To choose a font, click the “Browse Fonts on Typekit” button.
#2. Find a font
Browse Typekit to find a typeface that’s available for desktop use. Use the filter to limit your search results. In this screenshot I’ve filtered for a serif font that’s available for desktop use. Click the font sample to view weights and styles, use the type tester, and show specimens and browser samples.
#3. Sync your font
Click the “+Use fonts” button. When the pop up window opens, check “Sync to Your computer using Creative Cloud” and click “Done”. The Creative Cloud app needs to be open to use synced fonts. If you’ve closed it, click the “Launch the Creative Cloud application” button to re-open it.
#4. Use your font
I was really impressed at the way the type behaved in Adobe Illustrator, where I tested it for this tutorial. It acted just like any other desktop font. I could kern individual letter pairs, which is super-important to me, and could even convert to outlines—something I wasn’t sure I’d be able to do. The only bad thing I can find to say is that I wish there were more fonts available. I love this feature and would be super-stoked that I’m able to have a wider variety to choose from. I guess that’s also a good thing, right? I love the service so much and it works so well that my only gripe is not having more.