Greetings, everyone! ♥
Thanks for stopping by. In today’s Tuesday Tutorial, I’d love to show you how to access and use Font Glyphs and Swashes. It’s quick and easy. I promise you’ll see fonts in a whole new light.
In the video tutorial, we’ll also look at the Melonade Font from Font Bundles and see its form of use. If you’re not familiar with downloading and installing fonts, no biggie. You can see how easy it is in my blog post ~ How to download and install beautiful fonts in seconds!
NOTE: Before you install fonts, it’s a good idea to close other applications. Otherwise, you may need to relaunch/restart the application after installing the font.
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In addition to the video tutorial, I included some visuals below to help guide you through the steps.
First, open a word document or Photoshop file. Any application in which you want to use the font Glyphs. The example shown below is in a Microsoft Word document.
Next, click the Start Icon and go to Windows Accessories > Character Map.
Type Character Map in your search browser on the bottom left of your screen. This is my go-to method. Easy peasy!
You’ll see the Character Map window open, as shown in the image below.
We’re almost done.
First, let’s choose the Lilly Mae font from the drop-down window and then view the Glyphs.
Ta-da! So many Glyphs. 🙂
To use the swashes, let’s go through the steps below. You don’t necessarily need to complete Steps 2-4 to use the swashes, but it helps narrow down all the Glyphs so you’ll see them easier. You can actually choose any of the “Group By” modes to find just what you’re looking for.
In your document/file just right click and paste with your mouse or press CTRL + V on your keyboard. Ta-da!
All the Glyphs that you’ve copied from the Character Map window will be available for use in your document. You can apply colour, change font size, etc.
The Character Map will disappear when you paste your Glyphs, but not to worry, it’s still there. The window just minimizes. You’ll see the Icon at the bottom of your computer screen. Just click on it and it will display again.
In Photoshop, you can easily access and use Glyphs. To access the panel, select Type > Panels > Glyphs Panel or Window > Glyphs. This is also demonstrated in the video.
You’re not limited to using unique Fonts and Glyphs in a word document or Photoshop.
Below are links to their “How to Use Your Own Fonts” tutorials.
NOTE: When downloading and using fonts (free or paid), it’s important to know and understand the Licence Agreements – Personal vs Commercial use. This information is typically included in the font details/summary. I sell my designs, so I make sure I have the Commercial Licence to use the font.
Both fonts included with this tutorial are FREE and come with the Commercial Licence (at the time of this post). Double score!
Melonade is a tall, handwritten script font which comes with both left and right swashes, in addition to the regular version. Be sure to install all .otf or .ttf files to have full access to swashes. In the video tutorial, I demonstrate just how easy it is to use these left and right swashes! ♥
And there you have it!
In most, if not all cases, a font will have Glyphs (swashes are my favs!).
I love seeing your creations, so please feel free to share links to your projects in the comments below and/or tag me on Twitter and/or Instagram. I’ll share them there, too. 🙂
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Happy creating, my friends! ♥