Change Fonts in Bulk - Find Type/Change All
Quick font replacement is one my top needs in Illustrator, and thought it would be implemented in XD by now.
In illustrator, I tend to have few artboards and that means fewer text strings. I could, replace fonts manually most of the time but it is awesome to have the Find Type tool.
If this feature has a more appropriate place in the world, it is in XD because of the number of artboards UI design requires.
Christian Blanquera commented
Yea there's a way Select a sample text. then add to "Character Styles" then right click the character style and select "Highlight on Canvas". Then right click again and click edit. You can now mass change the font. When your happy you can delete the character style.
In a bigger way, you can select all the canvases then add to "Character Styles" Then mass edit all the fonts that way as well
I have found a workaround, took me like 3 minutes to change about 232 instances of a font.
I noticed that Adobe XD actually allows you to "replace font" if it doesn't exist, so being the kind of person that i am, i went to C://Windows/Fonts and deleted that font (faced an issue) then opened XD again, it said that X font isn't found, well good for me, i right clicked on the "font not found" message, and i clicked on replace, and boom, all gone.
The issue i faced was that the font was protected by the system, so i followed this quick how-to
and by step 4, i was clear.
I hope i helped, and until Adobe gives us a good way to change this, this may be the only way to work around it.
Have a good day/night!
Unreal they don't have this, beyond annoying for designers working cross platforms.
Still need this.
Gabriel R. commented
Sketch makes this very simple, like and any other graphics software. Just saying.
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Nick Freeman commented
God this would be awesome. Very aggravating, especially on complex projects.
@Adobe Does this feature still need more info? It's a real hassle to replace fonttypes, or even trying to find where missing fonts are located on the board. Bit weird to notify fonts are missing, but not being able to replace them. I hope you guys implement something similar as InDesign font replacement asap.
Sami Huhtala commented
I agree that this is a must have feature. At the moment the lack of bulk font change seriously hinders the portability of XD-files between Mac and PC.
For example, I have tens of XD-files that uses "Helvetica Neue" created by Mac users. There is no (legal) way for Windows users to get this font since it's Machintosh custom system font. The closes we get is "Helvetica Neue LT Std" that for all purposes is the same font, but XD does NOT understand this, and does not map between these two fonts.
So, when I open one of these files, all the text with (Mac) Helvetica Neue is converted to Segoe UI, which of course is not an acceptable solution. To fix this I have to manually go through each fext element (thousands) and make the change to "Windows" version of Helvetica Neue.
It doesn't help either that if I have select ANY other element than a text element, the "TEXT" section dissappears from the right hand menu - making it very hard to select elements in bulk to make the change.
@Elaine: I think what we mean by Bulk Find/Change Fonts is what InDesign does. Not only does it Finds and Replaces all instances of a given font but it also automatically updates any styles that use that font.
Manually editing individual styles would not be a "bulk" find/replace font.
Agreed, Daniel. If this truly cannot be done at the moment, then this is a behemoth oversight on Adobe's part. Being able to mass change out a typeface should be stock in all design related software.
Daniel Galan commented
Hello Elaine. Thanks for the video. However, that is not what I meant to say.
The feature I am talking about allows the user to change an entire font in a document, regardless of how many components are in the document.
For instance, if I have:
1000 button labels using Helvetica Neue Light at 20pt
400 text strings using Helvetica Neue Light at 12pt,
100 text strings using Helvetica Neue BOLD at 10pt , and
50 text paragraphs using Helvetica Neue Light at 8pt
And now lets say that I decide to change my font to Roboto Condensed Light for all the assets with light font but not the ones with bold font. Based on your recommendation, it would take me a whole day to do this task because I would have to hunt the assets and change the font 1450 times.
Another scenario would be that I opened my XD file in a computer that does not have Helvetica Neue Light. XD would tell me that the font is missing and if I have another font in that computer that I would like to replace it with, I would have to go at it 1450 times to replace the font in all the assets I mentioned before.
In Illustrator, we can just open the Find Font dialog and change all 1450 assets to another font with like 6 clicks, and it would take about 10 seconds to happen. These 1450 assets also would keep their particular customization details like size, tracking and leading because Find Font only changes the font, not the size or other details.
PRANJAL JAIN commented
I am using assets panel but I am not able to change the font of all the artboards together. I need to do manually.