This page is part of The Ultimate Font Guide, an introductory font manual that explains the basics of fonts and how to install fonts, use them in different applications and more.

Install The Font

PicMonkey uses installed fonts. This means you have to install the font on your system first. We have written a simple guide on how to install fonts:

Use your installed font in PicMonkey

Using your font in PicMonkey is fairly simple.

After you installed a new font make sure to completely close and restart your browser/PicMonkey. If you don’t do this the newly installed font might not show.

In the menu on the left select the “text” tool.

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In the text tool there is an option to select the fonts you have installed on your computer, it is called “Yours”.


After selecting “Yours” you will see all fonts installed on your computer. Search for the font that you would like to use and select it.


Now click the big “Add Text” button and you are able to add your text in your chosen font.



Access Special Characters in PicMonkey

how-to-install-fontsA lot of fonts come with those nice curly lines and variations of letters and numbers (if you want to learn more about how these different variations are called, check out our glossary). They look beautiful but a lot of people find it hard to access them. This is because there are different ways font designers build their fonts which unfortunately means that there are different ways to access these special characters.

PicMonkey only supports extra characters for what we call “PUA Encoded Fonts”. If you need to use a font in PicMonkey and the font is not PUA Encoded, you have to realize that you can only access basic letters and numbers (a, b, c, d, 1, 2, 3, etc). Sometimes this is all you need, but many times you are buying a font because it comes with those extra special characters.

We have written a simple manual for you on how to access the extra characters in PUA Encoded Fonts which you can find in our PUA Encoded Fonts Manual. If you don’t know if a font is PUA encoded, check with the designer or seller first.