“Selected font failed during last operation. If the problem persists, please disable the font.”
Why is it that 80% of my problems with Adobe products, whether Photoshop or Illustrator, are related to fonts? This error kicked my butt for weeks. It didn’t matter what font I picked, I got the same error for any and all fonts.
Adobe Font Fix Options
The popular suggestion is to delete the “CT Font Cache” folder, located here “C:\Users\%UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop 2021\CT Font Cache”, if you’re using Photoshop 2021. That can fix a font problem when that font cache is corrupt and seems to be a common problem. That may be all you need to fix your “Selected font failed” error. This however did not work for me.
Adobe has a thorough troubleshooting page for font problems and most of the time one of these options will fix your problem.
Adobe font troubleshooting guide – Troubleshoot fonts
When these recommendations don’t work, chances are you have a corrupt font. If it’s a system or installed font you can replace it through the font manager in Windows, but if it is an Adobe font you have to do it through the Adobe Creative Cloud App.
My Adobe Font Solution
This is what fixed my “font failed” error. The trick is finding the font that is corrupt and here’s how I picked out the problem font. In any of the typography tools just use the dropdown and preview the list of fonts. Look for the ones that don’t display any representative characters next to the name. Some fonts just don’t display this but it is very rare.
Disable / Enable
Open the “Creative Cloud Desktop” app and select the Font icon at the top right. Find your font in the list, but don’t use the search field because that is only for searching Adobe as a whole and not specific to searching the fonts, you have to scroll until you find it. Select it and click on the toggle switch once to disable, wait for it to notify you that this has happened, then click the toggle switch again to enable it.
In my situation I find that I have to do this for “Myriad Pro” often. Why that font? I don’t know, I never use it, but I have to keep it because others do use it and so for compatibility with the work of others, I keep it.