In January 2014 the Adobe Typekit team launched their fonts to be synchronised via the Creative Cloud Desktop App and used on the Desktop inside the Creative Apps (or any apps on the desktop) as well as on web sites. So far the response has been fantastic, with more that 140,000 users syncing fonts, and using them within their designs in the desktop applications.
Starting today (April 24th), all individual Creative Cloud users at all plan levels, including the Photography Bundle and free memberships, will be able to sync fonts to their desktop for use in the applications. Free and open source fonts are now available to use in any Adobe or third-party application on Windows and OS X – that’s over 130 fonts, including the entire Adobe Source collection, popular families from League of Movable Type, and more.
To access the fonts, open up the Creative Cloud Desktop App.
The Creative Cloud Desktop app can sync the fonts to your desktop and NEEDS to be enabled all of the time to have the fonts available for use. If the Font sync is turned off your Creative Cloud desktop app will most likely look like the following.
To turn Font sync on, you need to click on the “Turn Font Sync On” button in the middle of the panel. Othewise, you can click on the cog (placed in the top right of the app), and choose “Preferences”.
Then choose Fonts and click the “On” for the Sync on/off option.
Once the Fonts are enabled for sync you can then choose which font to download by clicking on the blue button “Browse Fonts on Typekit” (manage fonts is covered at the end of this post).
Browse Fonts on Typekit
This option will take you to https://typekit.com, desktop fonts and allow you to filter and search for the font that you need (accessing typkit.com from the Creative Cloud should login you automatically, however, you can also manually navigate to this website and log in from anywhere, your font’s will then be downloaded to the computers where the Creative Cloud Desktop app is running and syncing).
Once the Font has been selected, you can see previews of the Font weights etc. You can choosing to download the font to the desktop by clicking the “Use Fonts” button marked in Red below).
Once the font has been chosen for usage(by clicking on the desktop icon under the font itself (marked Red above) it will be added to the download queue.
Once the font has completed syncing, it will be displayed in the Creative Cloud Notification area
and will be visible in the Fonts list as part of the Creative Cloud Desktop App.
The Fonts are also available in the apps.
Selecting Manage Fonts from the Creative Cloud App will take you to your account page and the Font’s that are already synced page on Typekit.com.