This FAQ provides answers to common font licensing questions and issues applicable only to Adobe’s general font licensing customs and practices.
Fonts from other foundries come with their own font End-User Licence Agreement (EULA) which is the sole legal authority for determining how you are permitted to use the font.
If you’re using a Typekit subscription to sync fonts to your computer or add them to a website, refer to the Typekit Font Licensing page.
Q. What is an Adobe-owned font?
A: Some fonts available in current or past Adobe Type products, such Adobe Font Folio or the Adobe Type Library, are sub-licensed from third party foundries and not actually owned by Adobe. Adobe currently owns about 100 typeface families, comprising about 1000 individual fonts.
Q. Can I use Adobe fonts for commercial projects and client work?
A: Yes, Adobe's standard font licensing agreement (EULA) allows for both personal and commercial use, sales and distribution of designs and documents which are created using the font software. This may include printed materials, logos and rendered content like photographs, film, video and bitmap graphics.
If distributed, the design should not contain the original font, but can be converted to vector outlines, rasterised or subsetted and embedded in an electronic document like a PDF or eBook.
Q. Can I use the fonts to create a logo or other images?
A: Yes, you use the fonts in any desktop programme (such as Adobe Photoshop) to create images, which you can then use for any purpose. This would include generating a PDF, EPS file or bitmapped file such as a JPEG or PNG.
Q. Can I copyright a logo or design I’ve made with Adobe fonts?
A: Yes, you may copyright any logo or design you have created with Adobe fonts.
Q. Can I register a logo I’ve made with Adobe fonts as a trademark?
A: Yes, you may register the logo you created with Adobe fonts as a trademark.
Q. Can I use an Adobe font on the web?
A: Yes, but only with an Adobe Typekit subscription. Typekit provides secure web font hosting for anyone who wants to use great fonts on their websites.
Fonts remain protected on the Typekit servers and are dynamically delivered to browsers in the appropriate format to ensure an optimal and consistent typographic experience. Typekit offers user-friendly integration with CSS and HTML code and other optimisations, like font subsetting.
Browse the Adobe fonts available on the Typekit from Adobe’s foundry page. Learn more about how Typekit works.
Q. Why doesn’t Adobe allow its fonts to be used with @font-face?
A: When a font is used on the web with @font-face, it is made available on a server for a browser to download and use. Doing so exposes the font to both piracy and unintentional misuse. Services like Typekit provide extra layers of protection for fonts to help reduce those risks.
Q. Where can I find information on Adobe Font Folio?
A: For Font Folio questions, please review the Font Folio FAQ.
Q. Can I use Adobe fonts with sIFR or Cufón?
A: Scalable Inman Flash Replacement (sIFR) and Cufón are techniques that use Adobe Flash and SVG, respectively, to dynamically replace plain HTML text with a specific font.
You can use Adobe-owned fonts with sIFR and Cufón, but you may not redistribute the Flash or SVG files.
Also, we recommend using Typekit to style your text with web fonts instead of using sIFR or Cufón. The latter both replace or overlay HTML text with fonts rendered with other technologies, which interferes with processes that use the text information, such as copying and searching. Typekit styles your source text with web font files, providing the same visual effect without losing the accessibility of real text.
Q. What if I need further information on one of these questions or don't see my question listed here?
A: If you have a question related to licensing that is not addressed in this FAQ or if you need additional information not provided here, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.