In an effort to improve my workflow for the kids’ RPG project, I needed to add some fonts to my iPad so I could access them in Clip Studio Paint, instead of having to overlay text off of my desktop after exporting jpegs. Since I couldn’t remember exactly how I’d done this in the past, I decided to track my steps here in the journal.
For this, I need two programs: Dropbox (both on the desktop and laptop to sync files), and All Fonts on the iPad.
Copy font files to Dropbox
First, you will need to sync up a folder on Dropbox between your desktop and iPad. This is incredibly useful for nearly everything and is the only way to make file management halfway usable on iOS (but that is for another blog post).
I have the fonts already installed on my Mac, so I opened Font Book and right-clicked on the font I wanted and selected Show in Finder.
This shows me the folder the font is stored and makes it easy for me to copy and paste into my Dropbox sync folder.
Once the files are copied over, they are automagically synced on your devices, so I switched over to the iPad.
Transfer fonts to iPad using All Fonts
All Fonts makes the transferring of fonts super easy once they are in your Dropbox.
Open the app and click on the little cloud download icon in the upper right corner and select Browse.
Make your way to the Dropbox sync folder and find the font you want to transfer.
Click on it and it will give you a popup saying it is imported. After a minute or so, the font should show up in your Transferred Fonts view.
Install transferred fonts
Once you see it on the screen, click on the font and it will show you a font preview.
Click the Install Font button at the bottom. Follow the instructions on the dialogs. If the profile is not signed, you may need to confirm you want to install the font a few times before it shows up. Repeat the process for all fonts you want to add.
Check font is in Clip Studio Paint
If I already have Clip Studio Paint open, I find that I have to restart my iPad in order to get the new fonts to show up in the text tool.
After that, you can organize your fonts by creating custom lists and they will be available for all applications.