How To Add & Install Fonts In Gimp?

The GNU Image Manipulation Program is a free program you can use in your company to produce and edit images. Although the program comes with a full complement of tools, it doesn’t give a variety of typefaces despite being free to download and use. In actuality, GIMP makes use of your computer’s installed fonts.

If you want to add fonts to gimp but don’t know how to add fonts in gimp? Then you should check out this 4 step guide to add fonts from your PC or web directory to the gimp directory.

Step #1: Got To The Web And Search for The Font You Desire To Use.

You can purchase premium fonts from several sources to install in GIMP or obtain free custom fonts. There is typically some danger involved when downloading creative assets from the internet. Therefore before extracting or opening any files on your computer, make sure you have run the files via a file scanner or anti-virus application.

Some of our recommendations include:

· Google fonts


· Urban Fonts

· Font Space

· Truetype fonts

Google fonts are one of the safest options to download free fonts without running an anti-virus scan. However, we do not suggest the same for the other sites. Thus. You need to run a quick scan before installing fonts from the web.

Step #2 Open Your Font After Downloading It

After finding the font, you wish to use, download the font package to your computer. You must extract a ZIP file to download a font. 

Once the download is complete via the browser, open the ZIP file. If the Zip file is not showing, go to the download history of your browser to open the file.

Select “Show in Folder.” In this way, you access the ZIP file easily.

For your reference, we have used ‘Comic Sans MS’ from google fonts. You navigate this by going to google docs and looking for fonts in the font option.

After downloading each font, select “Extract All” from the context menu when you right-click on the ZIP folder containing your chosen font. When prompted to choose a file location to extract the font files, click the Extract button.

Step #3 – Add Your Font

After extracting the ZIP file, double the OTF in the extracted folder to access all the downloaded fonts.

Next, select “Install” from the font window’s top. By doing this, the font will be installed on your computer, making it accessible to any program that utilizes OTF fonts (including GIMP). 

Step #4 – Search And Use The New Font In Gimp

Lastly, open the gimp window and open the dockable font dialogue. If you cannot open it, go to Windows > Dockable > Dialogues > Fonts. Once you complete all these steps, you can use your new font in gimp.

If this doesn’t work, click on ‘rescan all fonts’ and reload the default fonts in gimp.

How To A Default Font In Gimp From Scratch?

The above tutorial shows you how to add the pre-existing fonts to gimp. But, wait, our guide doesn’t end here. What if we tell you that you can make your new fonts add them to the font family, and use them as gimp fonts? Sounds interesting, right?

To make this happen, you must follow the following steps to add fonts to the font files.

Step #1 Letter New Fonts

The first step is to letter down all the letters, symbols, signs, numbers, and alphabets (uppercase and lowercase) on paper.

Step #2 Use ‘Crop To Selection

Select every letter/symbol using ‘crop to selection’ from the image menu bar.

Then use ‘select by color’ to extract the colored part of the image.

Step #3: Use Path Selection

After using ‘select by color,’ you need to use path selection and click on the selection path. After this, right-click on the symbol and click the export path.

Step #4 Export The .Svg File

This is the most tedious process of this tutorial.

By default, gimp will save the exported file as a .svg file. Now, you have to repeat the steps from step 2 and make a folder to store these files.

Step #5 Use An Online Font Maker Tool

Many font-making tools like Glyph Studio Online allow anyone to make free fonts of their choice.

Click New and name the font file, then click start a new font from scratch.

Go to Navigate menu and import all the SVG files by dragging and dropping them to the corresponding letter.

Now, your font is ready. Download fonts the files in .otf format from the Navigate menu option. Repeat the fore-mentioned steps to create new free fonts for gimp.

To install fonts in gimp, import them into the Windows Font Directory.

Step #6 Import Font Files To Gimp

In order to add fonts to gimp, open the font folder where you save these newly installed fonts. Now, select all of them by pressing ‘ctrl A”.

Lastly, click right to install the characters from the context menu.

Your new font styles are downloaded into the default fonts folder of gimp.


You will be surprised to know that apart from regular fonts and handwritten texts, you can also add images as font files in gimp. If you want to learn how to use images as fonts in gimp, comment below and share this guide with your friends who want to explore the tips and tricks in gimp.

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