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Updated on March 26, 2014.

Getting Started

To easily utilize every aspect of MyFonts, create a MyFonts account and link it with SkyFonts. A MyFonts account is required to place an order — even for free fonts.

Your account

A few things you can do with a MyFonts account
Updating account information

Details that can be updated on the Account settings page include:

  • VAT number
  • Name
  • Address location
  • Email
  • Password
  • Saved payment methods
  • Newsletter subscriptions

To update any of these, sign in, view the Account settings page, select the ‘edit’ option for a detail, enter the appropriate information, then select to save. Updates would be applied for future orders.

SkyFonts

SkyFonts is a patent-pending technology developed by Monotype. It runs as a lightweight utility in the background of your Mac or PC, and a free download is available here. We’ve integrated SkyFonts into the website so you can be one-click away from trying out and installing fonts on your computer. SkyFonts must be installed on your computer to utilize its features. No more font file management frustrations — SkyFonts automatically takes care of it for you, letting you focus on designing instead. For immediate SkyFonts support, tweet @SkyFonts.

Installing Desktop fonts

Once purchased, Desktop fonts can be installed with SkyFonts. To do so, view the order’s page and click the button. A SkyFonts notification will appear saying the font are installed, and then can be used in your favorite desktop applications.

Try before you buy

Sample text & pangrams

Font family overview pages have a ‘Sample text’ field where you can enter and preview alternate text in place of the default [Pangrams]. By clicking the blue triangle icon, there are other various pangrams — even different languages — to choose from and preview. Our pangrams are quirky sentences that contains all the letters of the alphabet.

Scale of the sample text can be adjusted by moving the slider left or right.

To fit the sample text within the preview area width, check the ‘Fit to width’ box.

To change the font or background to another color, choose them using the color picker.

Font features can be previewed by selecting the ‘ff’ icon, and checking any listed features (when available). Once purchased, to apply font features within a document, the application would need to similarly offer controls for applying font features. See our documentation for an overview on OpenType & font features.

Word wrap options are within the gear icon. Preview more sample text by checking the ‘Wrap sample text’ listed option.

For more detailed testing, or for comparing fonts concurrently, try using an Album.

Webfont previews

See how webfonts display in the browser with live webfont previews. When webfont licensing options are available, Webfont previews can be found by clicking the font family’s ‘Webfont’ tab. The preview is specific to the browser being used, so for an Internet Explorer preview view the Webfont tab in Internet Explorer. Webfont previews allow review of quality for each webfont within the family before placing an order. Your own sample text can be entered into the webfont preview, font features can be applied in modern web browsers that support them, and there’s an option to adjust font size.

Webfont trials

Preview webfonts on your own website prior to placing your order — free for 30 days — using webfont trials. We even have a step by step instructional video to get you going.

Albums

Store fonts that are being considered within an album. Albums can be shared with clients, colleagues, or friends. Sign in to create an album.

Creating an album

Click the triangle in the or button beside the font, enter the new album name into the ‘Create new album’ field, then press the button. The new album will become listed below.

Adding a font to an album

Click the triangle in the or button beside the font, then click each album name the font should be added to. As you do this, the album name will change in appearance as confirmation that the font has successfully been added.

Accessing your album(s)

Sign in and select your name at the top of the page. In the navigation menu that appears, select ‘Albums’. The Albums page displays a thumbnail preview of each album. To view a specific album, click its thumbnail preview.

Editing an album name

An album name can be updated. To edit an album name, view the Albums page, select the ‘edit’ option beneath the thumbnail preview, update the name, and then press the button to save the change.

Sharing a font album

When viewing a specific album, select the button atop the right column. A window will appear where the addressee contacts and personalized message can be entered, and a URL thats direct to the album can be copy/pasted.

Typecast

Typecast is a browser-based app for creating beautiful, realistic and consistent designs based on typography. Take webfonts from MyFonts for a test drive within Typecast. To do so, select the ‘Webfont’ tab from a font family overview page, then click the ‘Try it in Typecast’ button.

Licensing

Select a font license based on your needs. We sell desktop, webfont, mobile app, server, and eBook licenses. This makes it easy to extend your brand and designs across platforms.

We offer a 50% license combo discount when both Webfonts and Desktop packages are purchased together in the same order.

To overcome indigestible legal writing, each font family page feature’s a ‘Licensing’ tab. The Licensing tab offers use cases, laymen descriptors, and a hyperlink to the EULA.

Logo

Where is the logo license? — Minimally a Desktop license would be required to use a font in a logo, so that the font can be installed onto a workstation, and the design be created within a desktop application. Please be sure to review the listing foundry’s Desktop EULA as some restrictions may apply. To view any EULA, select the ‘Licensing’ tab, and click the hyperlink below the descriptor for the EULA.

The Desktop EULA may not specifically say,

  • 110% okay to use the font within a logo

Do not fear — Desktop EULAs that typically permit usage within a logo contain a term along the lines of,

  • You may use the licensed fonts to create images on any surface…where the image is a fixed size. You may use the licensed fonts to create EPS files or other scalable drawings provided that such files are only used by the household or company licensing the font.

Foundries will typically not allow for the use of an individual glyph as a logo (dingbat character or otherwise) in its entirety, but sometimes allow for the use of words, or a phrase.

Purchasing for a client or third party

Be sure to enter your clients name or their company name into the 'License Owner' field during the checkout process. This will set the License Owner, and will appear on the receipt/invoice. When left blank, the purchaser is the License Owner. If you’ve made a typo, contact technical support within 7 days of the purchase for assistance.

Licensing the correct quantity

Once a package is added to the cart, the smallest quantity license is added by default. The license quantity can be updated on the cart page by selecting the ‘update quantity’ option for each item, and following the prompts in the window that appears.

Desktop

Desktop licenses are based on the number of users of the fonts; in other words, the number of computers on which the font will be installed. Desktop packages will work on both Mac OS X and Windows systems.

  • Desktop licenses are for the most common uses, both personal and professional, for use in desktop applications with a font menu. For example:
  • Install the font on your Mac OS X or Windows system
  • Use the font within desktop applications such as Microsoft Word, Mac Pages, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, etc.
  • Create and print documents, as well as static images (.jpeg, .tiff, .png), even if the images are used on a website or within a mobile app.

Be aware that Webfont TTFs are for the web — not for Desktop use.

Licensing additional users later

Desktop licenses are cumulative. If you require the desktop license cover additional users after purchase, place a new purchase for the same Desktop package but for the number of additional users.

Webfont

Webfonts allow you to embed the font into a webpage using the @font-face rule, so paragraphs and headings of text can be styled as the webfont. You will be serving the webfont kit for your own site and linking it in the CSS.

Webfonts can be used across multiple websites/domains as long as the websites/domains all belong to the single License Owner, and the pageviews are not exceeded. Agencies responsible for multiple clients’ websites, for example web design agencies or hosting providers, may not share a single webfont license across multiple clients’ websites.

Every time the webpage using the webfont kit is loaded (i.e, the webfont kit CSS which holds the @font-face rule is called) the counting system counts a single pageview for each webfont within the webfont kit.

If the font file itself won’t be embedded in the website (for example, when the font is used in a static graphic image such as a logo) you should purchase a Desktop license instead.

MyFonts offers two types of webfont licenses: Pay Once and Pay As You Go. Only one of these two would be available for a given webfont.

You can see which applies on the cart page, once the webfont is added to the cart. The licensing works as follows:

  • Pay Once

    You get a monthly pageview allowance for your webfonts. As long as the allotted pageviews are not exceeded, this license does not need to be renewed. For example, if you purchase a license that covers 10,000 monthly pageviews, you will remain within your license as long as you do not get more than 10,000 views per month. If the website starts getting more traffic, simply place a new purchase for the additional monthly pageviews you require, as Pay Once webfont purchases are cumulative.

  • Pay As You Go

    You get a total number of prepaid pageviews that can be used over time. This means that you will pre-pay for a number of pageviews, then you’ll have to come back to purchase more after your site has been viewed that number of times. For example, if you purchase 250,000 page views, when your webpages using the webfonts have been viewed 250,000 times, you will need to buy the webfont package again for an additional number of prepaid pageviews.

    A usage meter in your order history will help you know how many prepaid pageviews you have left. You can check your usage at any time, and pre-pay for additional pageviews here as well. We will send an email notification when you have used 75% of your prepaid pageviews, and another reminder at 90%.

App

Select this license type when you are developing an app for iOS, Android, or Windows RT, and will be embedding the font file in your mobile application’s code.

You need one license for each platform you are developing for, as platform-specific versions of the app are considered a separate app. Except for updated versions of apps that are free to previous customers, each new version of an app counts as a separate app.

If the font file itself won’t be embedded in the mobile application (for example, when the font is used in a static graphic image such as a logo) you should purchase a Desktop license instead.

eBook

You can use an eBook license to embed the font in an electronic publication such as an eBook, eMagazine, eNewspaper, or interactive PDF.

An eBook license is based on the number of publications in which the font is used. Each issue counts as a separate publication. Regional or format variations don't count as separate publications.

Updated versions of publications that are free to previous customers do not need a new license; otherwise, each new version that is released counts as a separate publication.

If the font file itself won’t be embedded in the publication (for example, when the font is used in a static graphic image such as an eBook cover) you should purchase a Desktop license instead.

Adobe’s Desktop Publishing Suite (DPS)

For use within the digital magazine, each font would require an eBook license. Each issue of a digital magazine counts as a separate publication.

Server

A server license is required for sites, web apps, or services that allow a non-licensed user to utilize the font to create a product (for example, personalized t-shirts, PDF receipts, business cards, and pictures with captions, et cetera).

This license is valid for one year and is renewed each year that the font remains in use.

The price is based upon the number of servers on which the font is installed. Development servers do not count toward the limit. A font downloaded with this license cannot be used in SaaS, where the service is the product rather that the item that is created.

Not to be confused with…

The ‘Server’ name can be a bit slippery. Server fonts can be installed on a server and used by remote users or automated processes to create items. These licenses are fairly common for e-commerce websites that allow their customers to interact with the font via the business’ webpage interface, customize a printed hard-good product, and they’d purchase/receive the hard-good product.

This is not to be confused with multiple-user Desktop licenses. Desktop font licenses are based on the number of users of the fonts; in other words, the number of computers in which the font will be installed.

Billing and payment

Quote

For an official quote, add the packages to the cart, then view the cart page. On the cart page, update each package’s quantity. Once the cart is configured with what you’d like quoted, select the ‘Get an official quote’ link at the bottom of the cart page. Quoted prices are locked in for 30 days from the date on the quote. Quoted special prices remain, even if the special ends sooner. MyFonts does not offer Reseller discounts.

Payment options

Credit card

Orders can be placed through the website directly using a credit card. This is the easiest way to place an order, and offers an immediate download of the fonts.

PayPal

PayPal can be used as a payment option during checkout. Be aware that PayPal e-check purchases can take 7–10 business days to clear, sometimes longer.

If you’ve placed an order using PayPal, review your account’s Order History to confirm if the status is complete.

Tax and VAT

United States

In the United States, we collect sales tax in states listed below:

We use the billing address of your payment method to determine the sales tax rate, if any. If we don't have your billing address, we use your physical location at the time of purchase based on your IP address.

Sales tax exempt

If you are sales tax exempt, please email an attached copy of your valid tax exemption certificate to technical support. We'll link it to your account, inform you of this, and you can then place the order exempt from tax.

Your account will hold its tax-exempt status for a maximum of one year from the date of submission, or until the certificate's official expiration date, whichever comes sooner. When that date is reached, please send us a new copy of your certificate

European Union

In European Union countries, we collect VAT at the local rate of the country you are in when placing the order. We determine your location based on your IP address.

You can download a VAT Invoice after completing an order.

If you have a VAT number, enter it in your Account’s settings page before purchase. Once the number has been verified, you will not be charged VAT on your orders.

Troubleshooting

Sign-in issues

Already have an account and need your password reset? Please start here. This tool will message the email address set for the account’s login (hopefully no typos). If you do not receive an email after using this tool, make sure that your spam filter allows emails to be received from @myfonts.com email addresses.

If you’re still waiting for the message after using the password reset tool, try checking your old email address’ inbox. It is quite common these to have previous, multiple, or forwarding email addresses.

Still having trouble logging in? No worries, contact technical support!

Desktop

Installation

We recommend installing fonts with SkyFonts. SkyFonts makes desktop font installation foolproof. On the other hand, fonts can be manually managed and installed following these steps:

  • Windows, versions 7 and newer
    1. Double-click each font file.
    2. Select the ‘Install’ option.
    3. Restart the computer.

    This Microsoft article is also a helpful resource for Windows 7 and Windows 8.

    Windows, older versions
    1. Open your computer’s Fonts folder at: Start → Control Panel → Classic View → Fonts.
    2. Copy-and-paste each font file that is within the saved order folder into the computer’s Fonts folder.
    3. Restart the computer.

    These Microsoft articles are also helpful resources:
    for Windows Vista
    for Windows XP

  • Mac OS X
    1. Double-click each font file.
    2. In the window that appears, select the ‘Install’ option.
    3. Restart desktop applications the font will be used in.

    This Apple article is also a helpful resource for Mac OS X.

Unavailable for selection after installation

If recently installed fonts do not appear for selection in desktop applications, the first thing to try is restarting the computer. Sometimes this old remedy is the simple solution.

If the issue persists after restarting, confirm that the fonts appear in alternate desktop applications such as TextEdit or WordPad (TextEdit is included in OS X, and WordPad is included in Windows). If the fonts remain unavailable for selection in either of these two applications, then it is likely that the new fonts are not properly installed.

Matching fonts to an existing document

Quite often multiple foundries will offer their own cut of a font. Without being aware of the exact font used to create the original document, it is generally recommended to use the ‘Substitute’ option. The typesetting application should replace the missing font with the alternate foundry’s cut on your system. Please be aware this may change the document’s formatting.

Webfonts

Not displaying on my site

If you are unable to see your webfonts and are seeing a different font instead, it’s likely that the webfont kit files are 404ing, meaning they can not be found by the web browser and therefore were not loaded. Some common causes of a 404 error are:

  • The location of the stylesheet that contains the @font-face rule does not match the relative path that is in your HTML <head> element.
  • The location of the actual webfont files does not match the path referenced in the @font-face rule within your CSS stylesheet.
  • There is an inconsistency with the name of the stylesheet, font-family, or webfont files.

Check that your stylesheet is in the right place by typing in the absolute path to the stylesheet location (the complete URL based on the relative path linked within the HTML <head> element) in the address bar of your browser. If the path is correct, you will see the contents of the stylesheet.

Next, check the path of the webfont files. By default the @font-face rule in the webkit has the relative path: ‘webfonts/font_file’, assuming that the font files are stored in a folder called ‘webfonts’ that is in the same directory as the stylesheet. If you saved the fonts in a different folder or location, make sure that you update the path in the @font-face rule, so that the path matches the new location of the font files.

Also double-check that the font-family name that is assigned throughout your code matches the font-family name that is assigned in the @font-face rule.

Another handy developer tool is the web browser’s Console. The Console reports ongoing errors, warning, or issues.

Displaying poorly

If you find that the webfonts are displaying with jagged edges, try configuring a new kit download that uses a different Hinting setting. To do so, view the Webfont Kit Builder and check the name of each webfont you would like to include in your kit. You will find additional customization options. Under the ‘Hinting’ section try ‘Smooth’, ‘Native’, or ‘None’ (‘Best’ is the default). It may take a couple of tries depending on the font. Download a new kit and replace the existing webfonts/stylesheet in your server. If you continue having difficulty, please contact technical support with website URL for review.

Accented glyphs are missing

The default download includes the English and Western European language character sets. If the font includes accented characters, configure your kit download to include the complete character set. This can be done using the Webfont Kit Builder.

Check off the name of each webfont that’ll be incorporated into the kit. As you do so, a sample image appears below. Click on the each sample image, then check off the 'Complete Character Set' option, then the button. Upload the new kit and replace the current files/code, and the accented characters should then display when entered as the styled webfont.

Missing SVG

The default kit includes each of the webfont types: .woff, .ttf, .eot. For the .svg, select the button on the order’s page, then check the ‘Include SVG’ option so that it’s included, and download.

Looks different than what was seen on the website

Different applications and browsers each interpret fonts uniquely, and offer their own font controls. Understandably it would be upsetting if the product didn’t match what was advertised. Most often, alternate characters that within font are displaying instead of the default characters that are also included. For the default characters to display, font features must be toggled off.

Desktop — OpenType & font features

Using OpenType font features requires an application that offers you the controls for toggling the features on/off, or an option for manually inserting alternate characters. Only a handful of applications offer these options. Below is a table covering current and common applications. For your convenience, application manufacturer’s font feature instructions are linked to their names.

OpenType Compatibility

Adobe InDesign

CS3 and newer

Adobe Illustrator

CS3 and newer

Adobe Photoshop

CS3 and newer

Microsoft Word

2010 and newer

Microsoft PowerPoint

2010 and newer

Quark XPress

9 and newer

TextEdit
 

OS X 10.7 and newer

CorelDraw
 

X6 and newer

Ligatures
contextual
discretionary
historical
standard
Alternates
contextual
stylistic
titling
Other features
historical forms
ornaments
small caps
stylistic sets
1-20
swash
Numbers
denominator
fractions
numerator
ordinals
lining
oldstyle
scientific inferiors
subscript
superscript

In Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign, font feature controls are within the Character panel sub-menu:

Checked features are applied/on. Unchecked features are off.

In Adobe Illustrator, font feature controls are within the OpenType panel:

Icons at the bottom of the panel are button controls. Darker ‘pressed’ buttons are applied/on.

In Adobe InDesign and Adobe Illustrator, alternate glyphs can manually be inserted into a text frame using the Glyph panel. The panel can be opened by selecting Window from the menu bar → Type → Glyphs.

Webfonts — OpenType & font features

The default webfont kit download does not include OpenType font features nor alternate characters. To use these, download a new kit that’s configured to retain the OpenType layout. Configure the kit using the Webfont Kit Builder. Check off the name of each webfont that’ll be incorporated into the kit. As you do so, a sample image appears below. Click on the each sample image, then check off the ‘Keep All OpenType Layout’ option, and download. Web browser support of OpenType font features is continually expanding. Font features may not display in older versions of web browsers.

Upload the newly ‘configured’ web font kit to replace the current files. You will then want to style the text tags where the OpenType variant glyphs are to appear with additional CSS in your stylesheet. A good starting point would be using this CSS:

  • -moz-font-feature-settings:
    -moz-font-feature-settings:
    -ms-font-feature-settings:
    -o-font-feature-settings:
    -webkit-font-feature-settings:
    font-feature-settings:

Then define the feature tag you would like to toggle ‘on’ in quotes and assign it the value of ‘1’ for ‘on’. In the follwoing example, we will use oldstyle numbers:

  • -moz-font-feature-settings:"onum" 1;
    -moz-font-feature-settings:"onum=1";
    -ms-font-feature-settings:"onum" 1;
    -o-font-feature-settings:"onum" 1;
    -webkit-font-feature-settings:"onum" 1;
    font-feature-settings:"onum" 1;

Missing order history

Order History is account specific. If the Order History page is missing previous purchases, perhaps you have logged-in to an alternate MyFonts account? If orders are not appearing in any of MyFonts accounts, please contact technical support with your order number or emailed receipt.

FAQs

What font is this? — font identification

WhatTheFont search tool

Curious what font that is? Submit a sample image on the WhatTheFont page to find the closest matches in our database. Submitting a pixelated or poor quality image will not offer you relevant results. For optimized results, submit a sample image with these traits:

  • image contains a single font for identification
  • letter size is consistent, and minimally 100-pixels tall
  • individual letters are separated — not joined or touching
  • text is as horizontal as possible
  • image size is smaller than 2MB

If you choose to specify an image URL, be sure to submit the URL that is directly to the image and not an entire website. To do so, right-click the image on the website, and select the ‘Copy image address’ option. This should copy the direct URL of the image to your clipboard which can be pasted into the ‘or specify an image URL’ field, then select the green ‘Continue’ button.

If you find unfavorable results, post the sample image to the WhatTheFont forum.

Posting to WhatTheFont forum

After running a sample image through the WhatTheFont search tool, you can post it to the WhatTheFont forum. The forum is a human-powered alternative, and full of experts eager to show off their amazing identifying skills. There is a good chance someone will help you identify it.

Here’s how:

  1. Start on the WhatTheFont page and upload the sample image, or specify an image URL.
  2. Click the button.
  3. On the next page that loads, select the blue ‘WhatTheFont Forum’ link in the right column.
  4. Enter the ‘Title of case’ and an optional message, then select ‘Create Case’. You can choose to receive an email notification when there is activity on your case as well.

Okay to use in logo?

Please see the earlier Licensing section.

Can MyFonts create a custom font for me?

No, MyFonts does not create custom fonts. Contact a listing foundry directly and inquire about their design services. Their contact information should be available on their foundry page under the blue ‘more info:’ link, or within their Desktop EULA.

Language support?

You can search for specific languages starting on this page. It’s possible to apply a few search filters to search for fonts that support multiple languages, for example. Using the buttons on the right, you can add/remove filters for more relevant results.

Also, just above the Sample text area on the font family overview page lists supported character sets. Hover over the blue icons for the descriptor of each.

Each character included in the font will also appear on the font’s Glyphs tab.

Which webfonts don’t have a pageview counter?

Free webfonts do not use a pageview counter.

Selling your fonts on MyFonts

Want your font to be part of the world’s largest collection of fonts? When you sell with us, you get the chance to reach millions of customers. To learn how, please read our Prospectus page.