Learning how to use Fonts with Glyphs in Silhouette Studio is a wonderful way to dress up designs and make them unique. Today, we will go over what glyphs are and how to use them in Silhouette Studio. Many fonts include glyphs, you just need to know where to find them!
What Are Glyphs?
Glyphs are characters that are part of fonts. Every font has a character map that links characters on your keyboard to specific symbols. When you type a “1” and the number one displays, the font is using the character map to display the “1.” Similarly, when you type, “SHIFT+1” an exclamation mark appears. Font developers can create extensive character maps. Who can remember all of those specific button combos?? I can’t! But that’s okay because Silhouette Studio makes it easy!
How To View Glyphs in Silhouette Studio
To access glyphs in Silhouette Studio, go to Text Style Panel. In the Text Style Panel, there are three submenus. The first (on the left) is the font selection menu. The middle is glyphs, and the last is spelling. Start with the font selection submenu. Not every font has glyphs, and some fonts are only symbols. After you select a font, click the “G” for the glyphs submenu panel. In this menu, you can scroll through and see all of the available glyphs. I know it isn’t a secret menu, but it certainly felt like finding a hidden treasure the first time I used it. Next, let’s go through an example of how to use fonts with glyphs in Silhouette Studio.
How to Use Fonts with Glyphs in Silhouette Studio
First, we need to find a font with glyphs. Today, I am using a font called Floristy Script from FontBundles. This font has a script, ligatures, and clipart. Basically, it has it all! Select the font and type out the text you would like.
Next, open up the glyphs submenu and check out all the goodies available. The top of the panel usually has the standard alphabet. As you scroll down, you will see the special symbols and ligatures. Play around with substituting the letters and adding symbols.
The Floristy Script also comes with a set of clipart. The clipart is in the font menu, right below the script. You don’t have to look up a character map because just like the script glyphs, you can go to the glyphs tab to see all of the clipart options. At the bottom of the glyphs menu, there is a scale bar. This changes the size of the graphics in the menu. Some of the clipart options are small but if you move the scale to large, they will be much easier to see.
There are a lot of variations you can make by using different ligatures and symbols! I made this one using the script ligatures and fill patterns as a background. Check out this post for a tutorial on fill patterns.
I hope you find this helpful!
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