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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.

For this tutorial, we’ll be using the FREE for Commercial Use ~ Lilly Mae Font ~ from Font Bundles (free at the time of this post). You can download the font here, or double click any image file.

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.

Video Tutorial ~ How to use Font Glyphs and Swashes

Font Bundles

Lilly Mae 

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Lilly Mae Font
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Left Swashes
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Right Swashes
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More Left Swashes

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In addition to the video tutorial, I included some visuals below to help guide you through the steps.

How to access and use font Glyphs on your Windows PC and Photoshop

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 AccessoriesCharacter Map.

Or

Type Character Map in your search browser on the bottom left of your screen. This is my go-to method. Easy peasy!

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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.

How to use glyphs and swashes

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.

How to use glyphs and swashes in photoshop

You’re not limited to using unique Fonts and Glyphs in a word document or Photoshop.

Nope. If you’re using PicMonkey and/or Canva you can upload your fonts in their platforms and use them there.

Below are links to their “How to Use Your Own Fonts” tutorials.

Canva – How to Use Your Own Fonts

PicMonkey – How to Use Your Own Fonts

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!

Font Bundles

Melonade

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! ♥

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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. 🙂

Twitter – @NatalieDucey

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Happy creating, my friends! ♥

Natalie Ducey

With a BA in Psychology, Natalie has worked in the Counselling field for 15 years. Through her work and personal journey, she has witnessed the remarkable power of the human spirit. Now, as an author, poet, and designer, she is passionate about stories that touch the heart and awaken the soul. Through words and art, she aspires to offer solace and hope, love and understanding.

She was born and raised in beautiful Newfoundland, Canada, with her two brothers and twin sister. She now resides in Ontario, Canada, with her husband, a soldier in the Canadian Armed Forces, and their little dog, Bella. She loves kayaking and the freedom and serenity of being one with water. She is an avid reader, passionate writer, and seeker of tranquility along life’s mystifying journey.

17 Comments

  1. This is so handy, Natalie. I’m more of a step by step reader, so I appreciated the inclusion of screen shots and instructions. I used to play around with digital scrapbooking and still have several dozen bundles stored on my computer. If I ever find the time to get back to it again, the inclusion of fonts will be a beautiful addition!

  2. I love the look of glyphs but never knew how to do it. Thanks for the easy step by step video. I’m hoping to make some time and sit down and play with this. Thanks Natalie 🙂

    1. Fantastic, Staci! I love them and had to share. There are so many resources to help us design our graphics. It’s great fun, too, once we know how to use them. Thanks so much for stopping by and for sharing. Cheers! 🙂

  3. Excellent presentation, Natalie … you make this look easy and it’s a great reminder not to become complacent with standard fonts etc. Your poems always look divine and welcoming! Happy Weekend! Xx

    1. Happy weekend, Annika! I always enjoy and appreciate your visits. There are so many beautiful fonts out there. When I discovered how to use the swashes I was hocked. I just had to share with my blogging family. 🙂 Thanks so much for your kind words, as always. Happy creating! XO

  4. Thanks so much for the lessons in fonts and design, Natalie… I’m planning to practice for my second poetry collection (first one is in the works). Your design work and creativity are amazing!

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