3D text on Windows 10: newly installed fonts not showing up

Hey Sketchup Forum,

I am using Sketchup Pro 2018 on Windows 10 and am not able to see any newly installed fonts in the 3D text window. Has anyone else experienced this? My hunch is it’s some kind of permissions issue, I am on my work computer, and do not have full access, but can install programs, fonts, etc.


Note that 3dText uses TTF fonts, so if you’ve installed another font-type [like OTF] it might not show up in the available fonts list.

To ensure your SketchUp permissions are set properly try this…
[It won’t mess with any custom settings, plugins etc]

Close SketchUp if it’s open.
Find the SketchUp installer exe file - probably in your Downloads folder; or download a new one.
Select its icon and right-click > context-menu > “Run as administrator”
When prompted choose ‘Repair’

Restart SketchUp to see if that helped…

TIG, thanks for the info (and your plugins!)

I had no idea about the OTF/TTF thing… What’s the point of restricting OTF fonts in Sketchup? I think both work on Macs, right? I’m trying to convert the OTF font I need to TTF, which should work.

OTF fonts work on PC too, BUT SketchUp likes TTF fonts on both OSs…
Both types are usually readily available.

Hi there,

I have the same issue except your trick didn’t work for me… Anyone another solution?

Thanks a lot,


Did you try restarting SketchUp after installing the font? What font exactly are you having problems with?

Are you still using 2017 Make as indicated in your profile?

Hi DaveR,

Thanks already for your answer!

Yes I restarted it many times…

The font is Amuba.ttf

Yes I am still using 2017 Make :sweat_smile: works fine for what I need to do…

I found the font and installed it. It doesn’t work with 3D Text. Looking at it in a font editor, it looks like it’s not complete. That’s not unusual with free fonts. Maybe you can find a different handwriting style font that works.

Yes. It’s good for your hobby needs.

I need to recreate a logo that uses this font to print a 3D stamp so I really need this one…

Yes I only need to create cookie cutters, nothing very complicated so it works for me :blush:

Unfortunately that font isn’t going to work for 3D Text. You could probably use it in something like Inkscape to generate a vector output that could be imported into SketchUp.

Edit: Inkscape doesn’t seem to recognize that font either.

It doesn’t work very well in a text editor, either.
Screenshot - 11_13_2020 , 10_25_00 AM

Poorly made font.

If this cookie cutter thing is your business or you are charging for them, you need to be using SketchUp Pro.


Interesting. I didn’t catch the OTF in the description. It is labeled as a TTF font in the file.

Converting it does allow it to work as 3D Text.

@DaveR No, it’s not a business, it’s for personal use (for now at least)

Oh nice, you found the solution! Many thanks @mihai.s

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