The ability to use the best Adobe fonts is an attractive selling point of the company's Creative Cloud software package. The collection of more than 2,400 font families draws on Adobe's expertise and contacts in typography to offer a huge amount of versatility, and their is available to anyone who subscribes to Creative Cloud or its individual applications.
The collection of Adobe fonts includes the company's digitisations of numerous classic typefaces, some of which are up to 400 years old – allowing creatives to use tried and tested hot metal looks across digital platforms. To help you choose from the many option, we've picked out some of the best Adobe fonts below.
Paying for an Adobe subscription may not be worth it for the fonts alone, as there are other sources of fonts out there, including even free options like Google Fonts (also see our pick other best free fonts). But if you're trying to choose what creative software to use, access to Adobe fonts is another good reason to consider Creative Cloud (see our guide to Adobe Creative Cloud discounts).
All of Adobe Fonts are licensed for personal and commercial use, though you'd be wise to read Adobe's FAQs on its fonts licences. Scroll down to our how to add Adobe fonts in Creative Cloud if you're not sure how to get them working.
The best Adobe fonts available now
01. Input Mono by David Jonathan Ross
An excellent typeface for code, Input Mono was designed by David Jonathan Ross. Part of the Input family, it takes its inspiration from fonts designed for games consoles but without the technical limitations that constrain the fonts when in these contexts, making it delightfully useable. Ross designed it as a bitmap font originally, and subsequently drew it over the 11 pixel grid. We love the generous spacing and large punctuation of this super-stylish font.
02. Marshmallow by Neil Summerour
The Marshmallow font family includes Marshmallow Fluff and Marshmallow Script, both of which will add a fun and relaxed feel to your designs. You won't want to be writing any essays in this font, but it's ideal for headers or posters. It was created by type designer, lettering artist, calligrapher and designer Neil Summerour.
03. Noto Serif
When you just need a simple yet elegant serif, Adobe Fonts has plenty of options, including Noto Serif, which is a Google Font. There are over 60 different weights, too, including bold and italic, and some nice details on descenders.
04. Operetta by Synthview
The Renaissance-inspired elegance of Didot and Bodoni has been refreshed for modern applications by the French foundry Synthview via the Operetta font family. Coming in eight weights – from Extralight through to Black – it has gorgeously smooth curves and razor-thin serifs.
Synthview’s Jan Tonellato has sculpted some beautiful swashes for it, there are five optical sizes and for those who love character detail, the lowercase A is marvellously unique. The contrast is so massive at Ultrabold and Black weights, you may never need Mastodon if you opt for Operetta.
05. Viktor Script by OH no Type Company
The OH no Type Company is a relatively new foundry mainly specialising in pretty wild display typefaces, playing with reversed contrast, variable widths and so forth. However, its Viktor Script is breath of fresh air when it comes to type with handwritten appeal.
All too often, script fonts get carried away with swooshes and flourishes just like actors trying to bring personality to their roles by adding ham. Viktor Script, on the other hand, is a purposeful script font ideal for succinct messaging with a personal feel, while not overdoing it. Bravo, Oh no. Bravo.
06. Tenso by Jos Buivenga
When you just want to create legible text, Tenso is a great option. This sans serif has a higher than normal stroke contrast and has character, while feeling quite classic. It's ideal for body text, but could also work at bigger sizes. It's balanced, sharp and there are 10 fonts in the family, created by Jos Buivenga.
07. Adobe Caslon by Carol Twombly and William Caslon
This timeless classic is a favourite in the world of publishing, bringing an authoritative and cultured look and feel to the page. It’s highly legible at all weights and sizes, which is why it can be used for everything from front cover display type through to body copy.
The six Caslon fonts within Adobe Caslon were redrawn in 1990 by Carol Twombly, who modernised it based on samples dating back to around 1725, created by the English gunsmith and typographer William Caslon. He, in turn, was inspired by printers on the Continent, in particular the Dutch. We think Caslon is essential in everybody’s font collection.
08. Alegreya by Juan Pablo del Paral
Within Adobe Fonts there are plenty of typefaces designed for on-screen applications, suitable for everything from UX design to body copy on websites. Often you’ll want a sans serif in these situations, but Alegreya is a font family with robust yet classy serifs that defies convention.
When you’re tired of your Miller or Georgia, this is a screen-friendly and impactful choice. It may surprise you to find an open-source Google Font within Adobe Fonts, but it’s there alongside all the others, with the same licensing conditions. Alegreya was created by Argentinian designer Juan Pablo del Paral of Huerta Tipográfica.
09. Lo-Res by Zuzana Licko
It’s nearly 40 years since the advent of home computers so using a pixel-based typeface seems almost primaeval these days. Lo-Res was created by Emigre's Zuzana Licko back in 1985, with an update in 2001. It smooths over the coarse sterility of early bitmap fonts, making them seem soft, approachable and perhaps a bit more fun than they really were.
In all, the Lo-Res family includes 25 fonts, and if a project comes up where you can use them, you’ll find they’re a lot of fun. Why not throw in an 8-bit palette while you’re at it? Emigre has shared a 1990 video it created that deconstructs pixel fonts – it’s worth checking out.
10. Merriweather by Eben Sorkin
This versatile serif feels modern without labouring the point. Its Light Regular weight is perfect for body copy in magazines or company reports, the italic versions have a gentle elegance to them and UltraBold Regular forms a serious header font for current affairs publications.
When text standards like Times and Garamond are leaving you feeling uninspired, whip up a typographic storm with Merriweather. Like Alegreya, Merriweather is also a Google Font.
11. DIN Condensed by Paratype and Deutsches Institut für Normung
It may seem odd to include something as specific as a condensed sans serif font on a best-of list, but if your job is to create web banners, you’ll know the value of DIN Condensed. It’s superb for fitting copy in confined spaces – more words and the text doesn’t have to feel clipped or abrupt.
Foundry Paratype has digitised DIN and claims that it was influenced by Russian constructivism. That might be the case, but it was designed in Germany in the early 20th century for clear and efficient signage in railway stations and on the roads. Today it’s excellent for directing traffic, so to speak, on the internet.
12. Anonymous by Mark Simonson Studio
Here’s one for the coders. The Anonymous family includes four fixed-width fonts. Although it was designed with code panels in mind it can be used creatively as well.
It looks great on websites and with its smooth, contemporary feel Anonymous makes a good substitute in situations where you might be tempted to use a typewriter font such as Courier – hence it has bold and italic versions.
13. Abolition by Fort Foundry
This condensed serif gets lovelier the more you use it. Like DIN Condensed, it’s great for online banners and so forth and with its corners roughly cut at 45-degrees it feels like it means business.
However, if you don’t want to scare the chickens, use the Soft version of the font which brings a little bit of rounding to those corners making it feel a lot more comfortable in gentler settings without losing impact.
14. Lust by Positype
No best-of fonts list is complete without a stunningly luxurious display typeface and Lust lives up to its name by leaving you wanting more. And there is more, too, because its Script and Stencil versions are equally desirable.
It’s not all about the contrast either – the way the lowercase c and r curl back in on themselves is truly alluring. Lust is ideal for work involving high-end brands wanting to emphasise fashion with a sensual touch.
15. Neue Haas Grotesk
Concluding our list of the best Adobe Fonts is this tribute the original Helvetica. Neue Haas Grotesk was actually the original name of the famous Swiss sans-serif developed by Max Miedinger and Eduard Hoffmann. This font is designer Christian Schwartz's attempt to recreate it, since Helvetica itself has seen several changes as part of its evolution from pre-digital to digital use. It's available in both text and display optical sizes with 22 styles in total.
How to activate Adobe Fonts in Creative Cloud
You can access Adobe Fonts from inside Adobe's apps or online via the Adobe Font site.
Once you find a font you like, you can simply click the slider to activate either individual fonts or entire families. These will become available in all Adobe apps, as long as you're signed in to Creative Cloud.
When opening a project with fonts that you don’t own, you will be given the option of Resolving Fonts, which syncs any matching fonts from Adobe Fonts. All fonts are included with any Creative Cloud subscription and there are no limits on how many you can use at once. If you need more help, we also have a specific guide to how to add fonts to Photoshop.