11 of the best Adobe fonts

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The best Adobe fonts are an easy and speedy way to find the perfect type for new designs. An attractive part of its creative software package, Adobe's digital fonts build on the company's expertise and contacts in typography first made nearly 30 years ago. The best part? The collection of 2,400 font families are available to anyone who subscribes to Creative Cloud or its individual applications.

Adobe has also digitised 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, so there's a whole host of amazing fonts to choose from. Here, we've included some of our favourites to spark your imagination. We've highlighted some innovative newcomers to Adobe Fonts as well as some typographic classics you should have in your arsenal.

Don't have an Adobe subscription? First, check out our post on the best free fonts, and if you still need Adobe's software, make sure you check our regularly updated article on Adobe Creative Cloud discounts.

Note that Adobe does put some limitations (opens in new tab) on its fonts licences, but for most design jobs Adobe Fonts will get you on your way. And for more guidance, see our guide to font licensing.

11  of the best Adobe fonts

01. Input Mono by David Jonathan Ross

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Input mono draws inspiration from fonts designed for consoles (Image credit: Adobe Fonts)

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.

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02. Operetta by Synthview

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Operetta brings the Didone movement harmoniously into the 21st century (Image credit: 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.

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03. Viktor Script by OH no Type Company

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OH no Type Co’s Viktor Script brings brush painted type to your Font Book (Image credit: 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.

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04. Adobe Caslon by Carol Twombly and William Caslon

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But at least Caslon is free for Jim to use with Adobe Fonts (Image credit: 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.

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05. Alegreya by Juan Pablo del Paral

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Alegreya looks dramatic on the Classic Hungarian Plays website (Image credit: 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.

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06. Lo-Res by Zuzana Licko

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Lo-Res valiantly battles against vector curves and Retina screens (Image credit: 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 (opens in new tab) it created that deconstructs pixel fonts – it’s worth checking out.

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07. Merriweather by Eben Sorkin

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Punchy at display sizes, Merriweather is ideal for body text as well (Image credit: 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.

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08. DIN Condensed by Paratype and Deutsches Institut für Normung

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In print and on screen, DIN Condensed is a workhorse when space is tight (Image credit: 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.

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09. Anonymous Pro by Mark Simonson Studio

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Mmmm. Who doesn’t love an M squashed down to N-width? (Image credit: Mark Simonson Studio)

Here’s one for the coders. The Anonymous Pro 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.

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10. Abolition by Fort Foundry

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Posters, signage, advertising, packaging – Abolition is tall and hard-shouldered (Image credit: 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.

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11. Lust by Positype

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Where other luxury fonts look refined, Lust drips with decadence (Image credit: 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.

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Garrick Webster is a freelance copywriter and branding specialist. He’s worked with major renewable energy companies such as Ecotricity and the Green Britain Group, and has helped develop award-winning branding and packaging for several distilleries in the UK, the US and Australia. He’s a former editor of Computer Arts magazine and has been writing about design, creativity and technology since 1995.

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