How To Add Fonts To Adobe After Effects

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Adobe After Effects is a widely used software for video editing, offering users a variety of options for creating and modifying videos. One of its often overlooked but valuable features is the ability to incorporate personalized fonts. This functionality can significantly enhance the visual appeal of your videos. In the following tutorial, we will showcase the steps for adding fonts to Adobe After Effects.

Step 1: Downloading the Font

Before you can add a custom font to After Effects, you need to download the font file. There are several websites where you can download fonts for free or for a small fee. Some popular options include Google Fonts, DaFont, and Font Squirrel. After downloading the font, it will typically be in a .zip file. Unzip this file and you should find a .ttf or .otf file which is the actual font file.

Step 2: Installing the Font

After downloading your desired font, the next step is to install it. On most computers, this is a simple process. Simply double-click the .ttf or .otf file and click Install. This will install the font on your computer, making it available for all programs, including Adobe After Effects.

Step 3: Using the Font in Adobe After Effects

After installing the font, it should be available in Adobe After Effects. To use your new font:

  • Open Adobe After Effects.
  • Create a new composition or open an existing project.
  • Select the text tool from the toolbar on the top of the screen, it looks like a T.
  • Click anywhere on the canvas to create a text field.
  • Type some text into this field.
  • To change the font, select the text and open the Character panel.
  • In the Character panel, find the dropdown menu that lists all the fonts. Scroll through this list until you find your new font. Select it to apply it to your text.


Adding custom fonts to Adobe After Effects is a simple yet effective way to enhance your video projects. By following these steps, you can utilize any font you wish, broadening your creative horizons. Now that you know how to add fonts to After Effects, feel free to experiment with different fonts and see how they can transform your videos.