I am mocking up a Mac App interface on El Capitan and would like to use the San Francisco system font. However the San Francisco font doesn't appear in Photoshop's font menu. Is there a way to access the system fonts in Photoshop?

  • This is just a guess, have you looked for the font in /System/Library/Fonts/? You might have to put the font in ~/Library/Fonts/.
    – AndrewH
    Oct 15, 2015 at 19:40
  • If a font is installed correctly, it ought to show up in all software - Photoshop is not an exception. Check if you can see it with FontBook.
    – Jongware
    Oct 15, 2015 at 20:03
  • @Jongware I can't see it in Font Book. I assumed that's because Apple hides system fonts intentionally. All the other Font Book fonts are in Photoshop ok.
    – Andrew
    Oct 15, 2015 at 23:33
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    Looks like this is a common issue people are having. See this thread on the Adobe forums: forums.adobe.com/thread/1852440
    – Vicki
    Oct 16, 2015 at 0:28
  • @Jongware: this is actually not true, and has been a problem for a long time. In windows, there is a fonts folder under, i think, ( programfiles/common/adobe/ } and the quick fix is to create a shortcut to the system fonts folder in that special adobe folder. All the properly installed fonts that fail to show up in the font list(s) will then show up. It works adobe-wide. The shortcut is preferred so you don't have to double-install fonts. This works on mac too AFAIK, but the locations are different. There have been posts on this site about it.
    – Yorik
    Oct 16, 2015 at 18:40

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It seems that Apple has intentionally locked down the default system font.

However you can download a development version of the font which you can install in addition to the system version. It has tight licensing restrictions, mockups only, but that's all I needed it for, so this solution worked well for me.

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