Add your own font - Local theme

Local theme includes different the default Shopify fonts that can be selected from the  Theme Customizer > General > Typography (screenshot). But if you decide to use a custom font, there are a few methods to do this:

1. Use the @font-face declaration (add your own font files)

Please start by uploading your new font in Shopify Settings > Files. The best font file format for compatibility with all browsers is the  woff, or even better, woff2 format. 

Open  /snippets/head-variables.liquid and right at the top, remove this code:

{%- assign headings_font = settings.headings_font -%}
{%- assign body_font = settings.body_font -%}

{%- unless headings_font.system? -%}
  <link rel="preload" href="{{ headings_font | font_url }}" as="font" type="font/woff2" crossorigin>
{%- endunless -%}

{%- unless body_font.system? -%}
  <link rel="preload" href="{{ body_font | font_url }}" as="font" type="font/woff2" crossorigin>
{%- endunless -%}

Now, go a bit further and identify the place where the current fonts are created, and delete those lines as well:

  {%- liquid 

    echo headings_font | font_face: font_display: 'swap'

    echo body_font | font_face: font_display: 'swap'
    assign body_font_bold = body_font | font_modify: 'weight', '+100' 

    if body_font_bold == blank 
      assign body_font_bold = body_font | font_modify: 'weight', '700' 
    echo body_font_bold | font_face: font_display: 'swap' 

    assign body_font_italic = body_font | font_modify: 'style', 'italic'
    if body_font_italic
      echo body_font_italic | font_face: font_display: 'swap'

Back at the top, you should see the style opening declaration:

<style type="text/css">

Right after this line of code, add your own font, like this:

@font-face {
  font-family: "MyFont";
  src: url('Your_font_link_URL') format("woff2");

Add this declaration for all the fonts that you wish to use (if you want to change two fonts, one for headings, one for body, you'll need to font declarations, with the names you declare. If your font has style variations (italic, bold), you need to add font files for those as well.

Now that your font is ready to be loaded, you need to modify the font variables. Go down again, and search for the code snippet below. 

    /* Font variables */

    --font-stack-headings: {{ }}, {{ headings_font.fallback_families }};
    --font-weight-headings: {{ headings_font.weight }};
    --font-style-headings: {{ }};

    --font-stack-body: {{ }}, {{ body_font.fallback_families }};
    --font-weight-body: {{ body_font.weight }};
    {%- if body_font_bold -%}
      --font-weight-body-bold: {{ body_font_bold.weight }}; 
    {%- else -%}
      --font-weight-body-bold: 700;
    {%- endif -%}
    --font-style-body: {{ }};

    {%- if settings.buttons_weight == 'bolder' -%}
      --font-weight-buttons: var(--font-weight-body-bold);
    {%- else -%}
      --font-weight-buttons: var(--font-weight-body);
    {%- endif -%}

    {%- if settings.menu_weight == 'bolder' -%}
      --font-weight-menu: var(--font-weight-body-bold);
    {%- else -%}
      --font-weight-menu: var(--font-weight-body);
    {%- endif -%}

Delete this entirely and replace it with your own font stack here, like this:

--font-stack-headings: "MyFont", sans-serif;
--font-weight-headings: 400;
--font-weight-headings-bold: 700;
--font-style-headings: normal;

--font-stack-body: "MyFont", sans-serif;
--font-weight-body: 400;
--font-weight-body-bold: 700;
--font-style-body: normal;

You can have two different fonts, or use the same font for all typography, just make sure that you add the source files properly for all the fonts that you wish to use.

2. Use Google Fonts

After you select the font you need to use from Google fonts, a code will be generated for you to insert in the theme.

Please embed the generated code in the  theme.liquid file, just before the </head> closing tag (screenshot).  

For example, for the Poiret One font the code generated by Google is:

<link href="" rel="stylesheet">

Then go back at STEP 1 and apply the steps in order for the theme to use your font. Just skip the "@font-face" declaration, but the rest is the same.. You will be using the selected font from Google instead. So in all above examples, where we've used "MyFont", here it will be "Poiret One".

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