Imported Fonts

Discover how to streamline font sorting and licensing compliance with imported fonts.

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Written by Supriya Bisht
Updated over a week ago

Importing fonts allows you to manage both your non-Monotype fonts and our standard inventory using the same easy-to-use font management dashboard. Learn how to use Monotype Fonts to streamline font sharing and licensing compliance for your imported fonts.

What are imported fonts?

  • Non-Monotype fonts: Fonts purchased from another font foundry

  • Monotype custom-designed: Fonts custom-designed for your brand by the Monotype Studio

These are also denoted by a different icon than Monotype fonts for easy recognition at a glance.


Who can import fonts?

Only Company Admins can import fonts and font collections to their Monotype Fonts account. They are responsible for access sharing and license management. Other users can use the Request access button to request access from admins. Importing fonts allows creatives to use the Monotype Desktop App to design with brand new fonts, as well as previously used fonts.

Where can I find and manage imported fonts?

You can manage your imported web fonts alongside your imported desktop fonts on the "Imported Fonts" page, where they are grouped by family. The icons displayed next to each family name indicate whether that family contains only desktop fonts, only web fonts, or both.


How do I import fonts?

As a Company Admin, you can start importing fonts into Monotype Fonts by clicking on Manage in the header. This will take you to the font management and administration section of Monotype Fonts. Click on the Imported Fonts tab on the right-hand side.

Then, click on the Import fonts button. This will open the "Font Importer" in a new tab.


To upload fonts, simply drag and drop your font files into the import area. You can also click inside the import area to launch the file browser on your system to locate font files to import.


You can upload up to 2,000 font files at once. If you need assistance with importing a much larger collection, please contact our support team.

Keep in mind: It’s important to immediately add all the appropriate tags, define access for the fonts, and upload the corresponding license documents as soon as the file upload is complete. Doing so makes it easy to keep track of font installations and sharing in adherence to your license agreements.

Which file formats does Monotype Fonts support?

You can import the following file formats:

  • OTF (.otf) — OpenType desktop font

  • TTF (.ttf) — TrueType desktop font

  • WOFF (.woff) — WOFF web font

  • WOFF2 (.woff2) — WOFF2 web font

The following file formats are currently unsupported:

  • PS (.ps) — PostScript desktop font

  • EOT (.eot) — EOT web font

  • SVG (.svg) — SVG web font

If you have a license to use a font on the web but you only have a .tff or .otf file available, you can convert it to a .woff or .woff2 file using one of the many converters available online and then import these into your Monotype Fonts account.

Please note: Before importing your web fonts onto your Monotype Fonts account, please ensure that you are in compliance with the original EULA of these web fonts.

Managing access for imported fonts

You can easily grant or revoke access for your users or teams to sync or download imported fonts. Here’s how:

Granting access.

1. In the Access column, click on the number field in a family row.


2. This brings up the share access dialog, as shown below:


3. From the share access dialog, you can grant access to multiple users and teams at once. You can also look for users and teams by name using the search bar at the top.


4. Additionally, you may choose to grant access to a third-party font or family to your entire company by clicking the Give access to entire company toggle switch.


5. Once done, click the Update button to provide access to the selected user base.

You can also grant access to individual fonts by expanding a family row, clicking on the number field in a font row under the Access column, and following the steps outlined above.

Revoking access

1. Similar to the steps outlined above, in the Access column, start by clicking on the number field in a font or family row to bring up the share access dialog.

2. Users and teams with access to the font or family are denoted by a checkmark next to their names.


3. Hovering over the checkmark switches it to a cross icon, as shown below. Clicking on this will revoke access for the selected user or team.


4. Once done, click the Update button.

In the Docs column, click on the + button in a family row. This will launch the file browser on your system for you to locate license documents.


Once uploaded, your documents are displayed in the family row under the Docs column, as shown below:


You can click on the paperclip icon to either download or delete a supporting document, as shown below:


You can also upload supporting documents pertinent to individual fonts by expanding a family row, clicking on the + button in a font row, and following the steps outlined above.

You may upload up to five supporting documents per family. You may also upload up to five documents per font. Document uploads are limited to a maximum file size of 20 MB per document, and accepted file formats are PDF (.pdf), TXT (.txt), ODT (.odt), JPG/JPEG (.jpg/.jpeg), PNG (.png), TIFF (.tiff), XLS/XLSX (.xls/.xlsx) and XML (.xml).

How can I use imported web fonts in a project?

You can add imported web fonts to web projects and digital ads.

Users must be given the right access to imported web fonts before they can add these fonts to a web project or a digital ad. Users without access will be shown a "permission required" alert when they attempt to add an imported web font to a web project, with the option to request access.


Once an imported web font is added to a web project or a digital ad, it can be subsetted according to your needs and then used on your website along with other web fonts from Monotype using an embed code or via a self-hosting kit.

How does tagging work with imported fonts?

The Font Importer automatically tags fonts by style and language and groups them by family, so they’re well organized and ready for use in your "Imported Fonts" dashboard.

You may also choose to add private tags to your fonts from the font uploader screen, once importing finishes. To do this, click on the Add tags button in the top-right corner.


This will change the uploaded fonts view to show a Bulk add tags button in addition to showing + icon buttons next to each uploaded font.


As the name suggests, clicking on the Bulk add tags button allows you to add tags to all uploaded font files, all at once.

Clicking on the + icon buttons next to each individual font will allow you to add tags specific to these individual font files. You can add private tags specific to individual fonts in addition to bulk tags.


To learn more about font tagging, click here.

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