Installing Fonts for Photoshop Only

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For a graphic designer, it's important to have plenty of different font options. But when it comes to building out an extensive font collection, many designers find themselves stuck with fonts added to programs where they're unlikely to use them and a slower than usual PC as a result. 

When you download and install fonts on your PC, you are often installing them for use in several programs from Photoshop to Microsoft word. But will you be using the fonts in all this software?

Installing Fonts in Photoshop

One simple way to avoid a PC slow down is to install most of your special graphic design-related fonts so Windows won't "see" them, but Adobe Photoshop will, meaning the fonts will be available in Photoshop's menus but they won't be accessible from other (non-Adobe) Windows applications.

To do this, you'll save your font collections here:

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Fonts

By going this route, you can have a large font collection available to you in Photoshop without sacrificing performance by installing them into the Windows FONTS directory. The drawback is that Photoshop may take longer to load.