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Typekit font licensing

There are two ways to use Typekit. Fonts synced from Typekit work in applications like Photoshop and Microsoft Word, while web fonts allow you to use fonts on a website to style HTML text. Each has their own license, which you can read here: Typekit Services Agreement.

Font licensing can be complicated. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions we’ve heard from our users. If you have any further questions, feel free to email us at support@typekit.com.

Fonts synced from Typekit:

Web fonts from Typekit:


Fonts synced from Typekit

Can I use synced fonts for client work such as creating business cards and logos?

Yes. You can design and print with synced fonts. This would include generating a PDF, EPS file, or bitmapped file such as a JPEG or PNG.

Can I use the fonts to create products I will sell commercially, such as t-shirts, posters, or other printed merchandise?

Yes. You can use synced fonts for any kind of project, whether you’re designing a t-shirt for a friend or a record cover for a client.

Can I use synced fonts to create images?

Yes. You can use fonts synced from Typekit in any desktop program (such as Adobe Photoshop) to create images, which you can then use for any purpose.

Can I embed synced fonts in a PDF or ebook?

Yes. Fonts synced from Typekit are licensed for embedding in any ebook format which adequately protects the font data such as EPUB, iBooks, Kindle (mobi), Adobe’s Digital Publishing Suite (DPS), and PDF.

Any ebook authoring workflow which requires the user to move the font files themselves is not allowed under the Typekit Services Agreement, however.

Note that sync fonts work in iBooks Author v2.1.1 (and higher). In earlier versions of this program, the fonts are not packaged correctly when exported, and will be missing from the iBooks file.

Can I embed the fonts in a mobile or desktop application I’m building?

No. Neither the sync font license or web font license allows you to embed the fonts within mobile or desktop applications. Currently, this requires the appropriate license to be purchased directly from the foundry or one of their authorized resellers.

Can I embed synced fonts in Flash apps, websites, or videos?

Yes, fonts synced from Typekit can be embedded in SWF files and AIR applications using authoring applications like Flash Professional.

Can I use synced fonts in the production of video content?

Yes, you can use fonts synced from Typekit to produce video content for in-house or broadcast use, using tools like Adobe Premiere Pro or Adobe After Effects. The fonts may also be used in video content which will be distributed online through services such as YouTube or Vimeo.

Are the fonts compatible the InDesign packaging workflow that I use to send documents out for printing?

No. The Typekit Services Agreement does not permit fonts synced from Typekit to be transferred to another user or computer that isn’t already licensed for that font.

The "Packaging files that use synced fonts" help page has more information on this.

We’re working to make font syncing possible with InDesign’s packaging capability. For now, you can export a PDF and send this to the printer, or the print bureau can easily use the same fonts if they have a Typekit account or full Creative Cloud subscription.

Are these fonts available with a traditional perpetual license?

Yes, but not via Typekit. If you want to purchase a perpetual license for any of fonts available on Typekit, you can obtain one from the foundry directly or from an authorized reseller.


Web fonts from Typekit

Can I use web fonts from Typekit for my client websites?

Using Typekit to serve fonts for client sites is permitted on Business plans only. Business plans support an unlimited number of websites with any number of fonts per site. The only limitation on these plans is for pageviews; plans begin at 2M pageviews a month.

An alternative is to set up a Typekit account for each of your clients or ask them to establish one during development. This allows the Typekit fonts to be one of the deliverables that you hand off to the client when the project is completed. It also attaches the annual Typekit subscription fee to your client's billing information instead of your Typekit plan.

Can I embed web fonts in a mobile or desktop application I’m building?

No. Neither the sync font license or web font license allows you to embed the fonts within mobile or desktop applications. Currently, this requires the appropriate license to be purchased directly from the foundry or one of their authorized resellers.

Can I host the web font files on my own server or CDN?

Typekit doesn't offer the ability to locally host fonts. The Typekit hosted service uses the Edgecast CDN to deliver fonts from a globally distributed network. For static assets, CDN hosting performs much better and is much more scalable than using local hosting.

Typekit Enterprise offers a CDN Integration option, which allows you to host the code and fonts via your own commercial CDN account (e.g. Akamai). Contact a member of our Enterprise Team at enterprise@typekit.com if you are interested in this option.

Can I use web fonts for anything other than a website?

Probably not. If your website or web application is viewed in the browser (either on the desktop or on a mobile device), it's covered by the web font license. The Typekit web font license requires that the fonts be added to a website with the JavaScript embed code that we provide.

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