Develop your new favorite font design.

With Adobe Illustrator, you can put words that matter in a custom font that stands out on the page and the screen. Handwriting, tattoos, or graffiti — whatever your typography inspiration — it’s time to make your font a reality.

Develop your own fonts with Adobe Illustrator

Create custom fonts.

Finding the right words can be hard, and so can finding the right type design. But Illustrator can help you create a custom font that fits your unique layout and design.

Use custom fonts to personalize your projects.
Personalize each project.

Help your words stand out by using variable fonts in Illustrator. Just choose an existing font with OpenType and adjust the weight, width, or slant of type. 

Sketch your custom font in Illustrator or import it from Photoshop
Start with a sketch.

Get the exact look you want by drawing freehand in Illustrator or by importing hand-drawn letters or digital art from Adobe Photoshop.

Transform a custom font in Illustrator using the Image Trace feature.
Refine your work.

Use Image Trace to transform an imported custom font into an easily edited vector graphic. Tweak it and shape each letter to get the unique look you want.

Use third-party plug-ins to finalize and manage custom fonts.
Build out your ideas.

With third-party plug-ins to help you finalize and manage fonts, it’s easy to add a new style to your toolbox and apply it to new projects.

Take advantage of these typography tools.

What good is a font that’s never used? It’s time to take your typography design out into the world.

Import custom font designs
Import your favorites.

Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Fonts let you import custom font designs across Photoshop, InDesign, XD, and Premiere Pro.

Use Adobe Stock assets to find custom typography inspiration
Sync with Adobe Stock.

With Stock assets, you can quickly find inspiration, start new projects, and use Stock as a basis for a new custom font.

How to make a font.

With some creativity and these simple steps, you can learn to create a new font with Illustrator.


Draw it:

Sketch out the letters by hand.


Import it:

Scan and vectorize the letters in Illustrator.


Tweak it:

Refine and organize the letters to get the exact look you want.


Save it:

Save the glyph and export it using additional plug-ins.


Use it:

Put that brand-new font to good use in your next design.

Explore typography tutorials.

Designing custom fonts takes time and practice, but these tutorials can help you get a step ahead.

Learn how to add, format and style text in Illustrator.
Start with the basics.

Before creating a custom font for a design, learn how to add, format, and style text in Illustrator projects.

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Practice sketching the shapes that form the basis of custom typography.
Practice pen precision.

Practice drawing with the Pen tool in Illustrator, and prepare to sketch the shapes that form the basis of custom typography.

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Learn to modify and finalize vector letter graphics
Take text to the next level.

Master the art of custom fonts by modifying and finalizing vector letter graphics in this tutorial.

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