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How To Change Font In Illustrator

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How To Change Font In Illustrator

How To Change Font In Illustrator

Using the right font when you are creating any new project will always make a huge difference to your overall design.

The last thing that you want to do is use a standard Comic Sans or Times New Roman if you are trying to create something unique, and default fonts never typically work the best for the most stylish of designs. 

The font that you use will make a statement, and fonts can be just as powerful as the other design elements that you are going to include.

If you have been looking at examples of other people’s work and fallen in love with their creative use of fonts, then you might be wondering how you can change yours to match your design.

Your font is one of the things that people will notice first about your project, so it is really important to get it right.

To help you with this, we are going to tell you exactly how to change the font in Illustrator, so you can make your new project shine.

No matter what you are trying to create, there will be the perfect font out there just waiting to be used, and we are going to do our best to help you to find it.

How To Change Font In Illustrator

When you are just starting out using a new software, it can be really difficult to learn the ropes. However, we are here to help you with this.

Thankfully, learning how to change the font in Illustrator isn’t too difficult once you know what you are doing, and we will tell you exactly how you can in this article. 

Before we get started, you should know that Illustrator has a great selection of default fonts, but these are not going to be suitable for every type of project.

So, you might find yourself needing to change the font on your work of art. You may even need to replace the font on an existing file, and we are going to tell you how to do both of these things here.

How To Replace Fonts

If you are working on a project and you need to replace the font that is being used, then you will need to find out how to do so.

This could be due to the fact that you are working on this project with someone else that has different fonts installed on their computer, which might not work on yours.

Whether this is your reason or it is something else entirely, you are going to need to replace the font.

When you first open the file, the missing area will be highlighted in pink and you will typically see a pop up box that highlights the missing fonts and tells you exactly what they are.

In order to fix the problem, you will need to replace the missing fonts with fonts that already exist on your computer. 

Step 1 – Selecting The Font

The first thing that you need to do is to choose the font that you want to substitute. Once you have done this, you will need to click ‘change’ and then ‘done’.

This is what you would need to do to change the font that is missing from the project to one that you have on your computer already. The text that you have replaced will no longer be highlighted.

If you want to have all of the text in the same font, you will need to click ‘change all’ and then ‘done’. This will ensure that both the title and the main body are both in the same font.

How To Change Fonts

When you are simply using the type tool and you find that you are using a random default font, you might find that it doesn’t work very well with your specific design.

You are probably wondering how you can change it, and thankfully, you can do so with ease. You can change the font by going to ‘type’ and then ‘font’ from the overhead menu.

Alternatively, you can go to the character panel to change the font, as this will show you exactly what the font will look like on your work when you hover over it.

This is a great feature as you don’t actually have to change the font to view what it would look like, and it helps to save some time.

Step 1 – Open the Character panel Window, select ‘type’ and then ‘character’. This is the Character panel.

Step 2 Use the Type Tool to create text. As you can probably see, the default font will be set to Myriad Pro. 

Step 3 – You can click to see different font options. When you hover your mouse on the different fonts, it will show how it looks on the text that is selected.

You can keep scrolling through all of the different available fonts until you find the one that best suits your project.

Step 4 – Click on the font you want to change to.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Use Adobe Fonts In Illustrator?

You can find Adobe Fonts by going to either the app or the web browser. Once you have found it, you will need to activate it. Once you have done so, the next time that you use Illustrator, it will automatically appear in the character panel.

How Can I Change The Size Of The Font In Illustrator?

If you want to change the size of the font in Illustrator, you will need to go to the character panel, just like you do when you want to change the font. Alternatively, you can click and drag the text that you have created using the type tool.


There will always be the perfect font for every design that is just waiting to be found, you will just need to take the time to look through all of the available fonts to find the perfect one for your project.

The more that you work with fonts, the easier it will be to find and select the right ones for you.

Camden Taylor

Author Camden Taylor

Camden is ARTURTH's Chief Editor, Senior Graphic Designer, and artist from the Pacific Northwest.

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