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How to find missing fonts in InDesign – InDesign Essential Training [22/76]

October 31, 2019

Hi there, my name is Dan. This is a free extract from my
larger InDesign course on my website… In this video we’re going
to look at what happens… when you opened up somebody
else’s document… and it says you’re missing fonts. It’s missing images as well, but
we did that in an earlier video. I’m going to close this down. And you’ll also notice that… there was this horrible pink
color, that is missing. So let’s go and do
that in our tutorial. In this video, we’ve been
sent a file by somebody… but the fonts have come up missing. So if you’re following me along
with the exercise files… open up ’02 Existing Work’. Open up ‘Green at Heart Prospectus’. It says missing links, which
we did in a previous video… so go check that one out. Now, we’re going to deal with
this one, missing fonts. Now, this can be a super easy fix,
or this can be super complicated. Super easy means, it’s a font that
actually exists on Adobe’s Typekit. Typekit is the name that Adobe
calls it’s font library. And what can happen is, it can
load up, and it senses… you don’t have that font on
your machine, but it says… “Hey, I’ve found Roboto
Slab Lite on Typekit… and because you’re a Creative
Cloud member, and awesome… would you like me to download
it, and install it for you? And you can click ‘Sync
Fonts’, and life is good. Where life is harder, it’s
when it has no syncing here… and it says, I cannot find it anywhere. So what you need to do is, you need
to click on this ‘Find Fonts’. It’s going to tell you, in our case,
it’s Roboto Slab Light that’s missing. And what we can do– I can click ‘Sync
Fonts’ here because it’s on Typekit… but you might not have that
option, often it’s not. So what you need to do is,
do one of two things. You can replace it
with something else… because sometimes, if you’re
working across Mac and PC… say somebody’s used Times New Roman… Times New Roman is what a
PC calls Times New Roman. A Mac, for some reason calls it Times. Same font, same attributes. So you might have to go and say– actually, Roboto Slab, I’m
going to go into my list. This is the list on my computer, and
find it, you might just have it. It might be the Pro version,
so you might have… you might have Roboto Pro, or
something slightly different. And you can go replace it,
and you keep an eye on it… and see if the font changes,
it might be exactly the same. Or you might have to
go through and say… “I don’t have Roboto Slab, I’m
just going to use Arial.” And I’m going to hit ‘Change All’. And it’s going to go through and switch
out every use of Roboto for Arial. And that’s a sad day, because
Roboto Slab is nice. And Arial is not nice. Another thing you could do, is
actually just ignore this, hit ‘Done’. Don’t care about it, and it’s
going to go, this pink color… I know, there it is there.
So I got ‘W’ on, off. And it goes, this kind of
horrible pink outline color. Say I’m just doing a text check. I’ve sent it to somebody and they’re
just doing a quick check of the text. They’re missing their fonts, don’t
worry, just leave it missing. Send it back to the person
who originally owned it… who does have the font, and
it will come back to life. If that’s still not
fixing your problems… you’re going to have
to install the font. You get a package document from your
designer, or whoever made this. It will be a zip file, and
inside of it will be– Let’s look at an existing one I’ve got. So we look at our ‘Desktop’. ‘InDesign Class File’, we made
this packaged file earlier. So somebody might have sent you this… and inside here is the
‘Document Fonts’. You might find that he’s there, and all
you might need to do is double click it. And depending on what program
you’re on, I’m on a Mac… and I can just click and install fonts. If you’re on a PC, it’s
a very similar process. What I’ve done for this class
is, in your exercise files… under ‘Missing Footage’, there’s
one called ‘Roboto Slab’. In here, all the fonts that we need,
in this case it’s Roboto Slab Light. If I go and install this one
now, life should be okay. Go back in here, sprung to life. If you don’t have that font, and
it hasn’t been sent to you… you’re going to have
to probably buy it. Some fonts are free,
lots of them aren’t. If you’re going to go and buy it… I can recommend,
this is where I buy my fonts. Fonts aren’t cheap, it all depends. People do a lot of work on these fonts… So say I need a font, and I need to buy
this vintage one that’s been made. You can see here, this one
here is going to cost me €27. Bigger fonts, by that I mean, it has a
whole lot more characters and whites… then you’re going to pay more. But this is a good place to go buy it. But there are plenty of other places,
pick whichever one works for you. I hope one of those options helps
you with finding a missing font. Let’s get on with this tutorial series. So, what did you think?
Did you like it? If you did, please hit the Like button. And maybe consider subscribing
to my channel. It really helps my business. Now this is just a free video from
my larger InDesign course. You can see the full version on… On that site there is a free cheatsheeet
you can download. Print it off, stick it next
to your computer, look awesome. The other thing is I have
lots of other courses there. Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign,
After Effects, Premiere, Dreamweaver. Lots of other ones,
go check that out on… Bye.


  • Reply asep zaki November 26, 2017 at 6:20 am

    keep update

  • Reply ثورة الغضب February 24, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    why you have arabic font (3:24) ????

  • Reply Chong Lor April 23, 2018 at 12:45 am

    Thanks for the video tutorial. However, when I replace the missing font with another font that's installed on my system, the Change All button is not active. I can't click on it to change all fonts.

  • Reply Dominic Davies October 30, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    Great help, thanks Dan

  • Reply Viviana Cordero March 28, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    Great!!! thank you!

  • Reply VRTV May 28, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    "nr 1 layout programm" … cant find the fucking installed font, even word found it… fk adobe

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