Follow these simple steps for downloading and adding new subtitle and caption fonts to Adobe Premiere Pro

It’s odd to think about, but in many ways were are living in the golden age of font and digital typeface options. Not only do many of the most popular NLE video editing platforms have huge lists of fonts available, there are also tons and tons of font resources available online. Many of them are free as well as highly specific for all types of subtitle and caption needs.

And as a quick side note, if you’re looking for more insights and advice into using Rev to create your transcripts for adding subtitles and captions to your videos, here are some more in-depth articles on working with the various editing platforms.

As we’ve covered before, while there are plenty of great font options that are already in Adobe Premiere Pro, there are even more diverse, specialized and practical available online to download. The question then becomes: how do you find and import these subtitle and caption fonts into Premiere Pro?

Let’s go over some of the best online resources for finding these fonts, how to download, install and import them, as well as any troubleshooting this process may require.

1. Find and Download Your Fonts

Import DaFont Adobe Premiere Pro

The first step is finding these new and desired fonts. Adobe’s built-in library should cover most of your basic font options, however if you’re looking for some more of the wilder and more charismatic subtitle and caption options, there are several great sites to check out. Here’s a short list:

Each of these sites should have hundreds, if not thousands, of fonts to browse through and choose from. Once you’ve found a good font, you should be able to purchase and download a font file, which will come in the form of a .zip file.

2. Install Your New Font

Once you have your font file, the process should be pretty simple. First, make sure all your Adobe apps are closed. Next unzip your font file and open it. From there, you should see either just one font, or several of the different types (i.e. bold, italics, bold-italics, etc…). Open each individual font type and click “install font”. 

Here are more specific instructions for both Mac and PC.

How to Install Fonts on a Mac

For this example we chose a font called “Collegiate” from 1001 Free Fonts. This is a free font, so all you have to do is click the “download” button. A zipped font file will download, which once you unzip, it will look like this with the different font options.

Install Fonts on a Mac

Double-click to open each of the fonts individually, which will bring up your Mac’s Font Book. From there, you just need to click the “Install Font” button.

Installed Font Mac

And viola! Your font will be added to your User Profile’s Font Book. Once you’ve restarted Adobe Premiere Pro, it should be included in your font options when working with text for subtitles or captions.

How to Install Fonts on a PC

The process for PC is actually even easier. And this process should work for Windows 7 and 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP. Here’s a great video that quickly takes you step-by-step through the process as well.

Once your font has been installed, it should show up with the rest of your default fonts in Premiere Pro and the rest of your Adobe apps.

Add Fonts for Subtitles Captions Premiere Pro

3. Troubleshoot your Font Types

The majority of issues you might face when installing fonts in Premiere Pro can usually be solved by closing and reopening Premiere Pro. Make sure to save any open projects and that the application is completely exited and closed. On the off chance of there still being any issues, try restarting your computer and OS completely as well for a full reset.

The latest versions of Adobe Premiere Pro (and even many of the legacy versions still available) should have no problem working with most “OTF” (Opentype) and Truetype fonts, which are the majority types of fonts available on most sites.

If you still have any issues uploading any font types, you can read up more on Adobe’s website as outlined here. (Or for specific issues check out their forum here.)