How to Install Fonts in GIMP on Windows 10

How to Install Fonts in GIMP on Windows 10

GIMP is an excellent free image editing tool available on Windows 10. It offers numerous features, such as background removal and layer usage, for adding multiple components to images. One advantage of GIMP is its utilization of the FreeType 2 font engine, which supports a wide range of fonts for image customization.

How to Install Fonts in GIMP on Windows 10

If you want to use third-party fonts in your images in GIMP, it can be challenging to install them. In this article, I’ll explain how to easily install fonts in GIMP for your projects.

How to Install Fonts in GIMP on Windows 10

To make GIMP use third-party fonts, download them from websites like dafont or wfonts. If you’re not sure of their names, you can use Chrome extensions to identify the fonts. To install a new font in GIMP, follow these steps:

1. Double-click the zip file to open it.

Step 2: Extract the files by clicking the Extract button in the file archiver or dragging and dropping them to your desired location.

How to Install Fonts in GIMP on Windows 10

Step 3: Right-click the OTF or TTF file and hover over Open With to view options.

How to Install Fonts in GIMP on Windows 10

Step 4: Select Windows Font Viewer from the drop-down menu.

How to Install Fonts in GIMP on Windows 10

Step 5: Click Install in the top right corner of the Windows Font Viewer to install the font.

How to Install Fonts in GIMP on Windows 10

To install the font in Windows, any program that uses OTP or TTF fonts, including GIMP, can utilize it. Open GIMP, go to the Fonts tab on the toolbar, and search for the newly added font.

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How to Install Fonts in GIMP on Windows 10

Step 7: If the font doesn’t appear, click on the tab configuration button in the top-right corner and select Rescan Font List from the Fonts Menu.

How to Install Fonts in GIMP on Windows 10

The newly added font should now appear in the list. You can also rescan by right-clicking in the list or clicking the refresh arrow at the bottom.

How to Install Fonts in GIMP on Windows 10

There’s a chance that the font doesn’t appear in the list. If so, you’ll need to add it to the GIMP fonts folder manually. Here’s how:

Step 1: Copy the TTF font file using Ctrl+C.

How to Install Fonts in GIMP on Windows 10

Step 2: Go to the fonts folder. C:\Program Files\GIMP 2\share\gimp\2.0\fonts

How to Install Fonts in GIMP on Windows 10

Step 3: Paste the font file there using the Ctrl+V shortcut and grant administrative permissions.

How to Install Fonts in GIMP on Windows 10

After copying the font file, reopen GIMP to refresh the font list, and the added font will appear.

How to Install Fonts in GIMP on Windows 10

Note: I tested this workaround with GIMP v.2.10.8 on Windows 10. If you’re using a different version of the software, you can find a solution on the Super User forum

The best part of this method is that it allows you to install multiple fonts simultaneously. Just copy all the TTF or OTF files and paste them in the specified folder. Simple, right?

Try New Fonts in GIMP

By following the methods above, you can easily install and use any font in GIMP. However, be mindful of selecting the right font for your project as fonts have the power to enhance or detract from your design. Fonts often remind me of Gary Hustwit’s documentary, Helvetica.

You can also explore posts on font psychology to gain inspiration for your logos. Afterwards, you should be able to find a font that matches your design’s aesthetic. If you can’t find anything suitable, please avoid using Comic Sans unless it’s meant ironically. Opt for any other font instead.

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Next, if you want to add depth to your text-based posts, check out the upcoming article for a tutorial on adding shadows to text in GIMP.

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