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Need to add custom fonts in illustrator

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danielem Sunday 1 March 2020 at 0:18

Hello! i tried already to put my fonts in 

i rebooted the machine and the fonts a properly working on system app but not on playonlinux apps.

What is missing? Why i'm not able to add custom fonts in Wine loaded apps?

Hope someone could help me.


Dadu042 Sunday 1 March 2020 at 2:00

This page may help: http://wiki.playonlinux.com/index.php/The_PlayOnLinux_Filesystem

danielem Sunday 1 March 2020 at 8:28

it seems not. i tried but the folder "fonts" indicated cannot  use to add new font if the machine exists already (i tried)

fonts/ - Storage folder for MS Fonts. These are the ones that are downloaded when either starting POL or installing a new app (depending on your POL version.).

i'm really afraid of this i hope to find a solution,

thanks anyway


Editiert von: danielem

the_n Saturday 7 March 2020 at 18:10

I had a similar problem just the day before (Photoshop could not see fonts in drive_c:\windows\fonts), but I found a workaround:

Step 1: check your registry

+ Open playonlinux, click Configure, choose the virtual drive you installed illustrator in, choose Wine tab, click Registry Editor

+ Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Fonts

(This is where the installed fonts (from the view point of the virtual drive) are listed. If a font is not registered in here, wine programs can't see or use it)

+ Check whether the fonts you installed are listed in here. If they're not, chances are wine does not scan the 3 directories you mentioned for fonts, and in which case you have to manually register those fonts, which lead us to Step 2. (If, however, the fonts ARE listed, then they have definitely been "installed". And if illustrator can't see them, I'm not entirely sure but I guess the blame goes to illustrator, not wine or pol)

Step 2: Manually add custom fonts

+ Option 1: You can...technically add a new string value for each font you want to install (but I bet no one wants to do this)

+ Option 2: Use a font installer. I recommend NexusFont - this program is actually a font manager but it can be used to install fonts as well (and it's ridicuously light - 2MB for setup file & 8MB for installation). Here is how you could proceed:

--Install nexusfont to the SAME virtual drive as illustrator

--Open it, in the left pane right-click on "Sample Folder Group", choose Add folder, browse to the folder you put your fonts in

--That folder'll be added below "Sample Folder Group" (you may have to expand "Sample Folder Group" to see it), click on it and the fonts in it will be loaded in the right pane

--In the right pane, select the fonts you want to install (or select all by Edit > Select All), right-click, choose Install (or Alt + I, or File > Install)

--The Install dialog appears, choose option 2 - "Leave files where they are" and click Install. IMPORTANT: do not choose option 1 - "Copy files to the system fonts folder" as it will only copy fonts to drive_c:\windows\Fonts WITHOUT registering them to the registry (on windows, when copying fonts to this folder, explorer automatically adds them to the registry, but apparently wine does not)

--Restart illustrator

That's it! Now your fonts should be visible to illustrator. Using this method, you can put your fonts in whatever folder you want. You don't even have to install them as system fonts (and potentially drag down your system's performance with hundreds of fonts). Just link the folder(s) to nexusfont and install them even selectively as you wish.

Hope this'll help.


Editiert von: the_n

eryops Sunday 18 June 2023 at 8:29

Aware that this is an older post, maybe it still helps someone.

I could not get a font manager installed as suggested in the previous post since I run Office 2010 PowerPoint, none of them were supported on such an old system (I tried NExusFont and fontbase). Manually adding entries for each font in the registry editor was no success either. 

Solution: after all, simply drag and dropping the ttf files into /home/username/PlayOnLinux's virtual drives/Office2010/drive_c/windows/Fonts actually worked. No font installation required. Interestingly enough, the fonts still do not show up in the registry (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Font).

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