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Accessing Font Glyphs in Inkscape
  • By Design Bundles
  • 24 Oct 2016
  • 5 Mins
  • Font Tutorials

Accessing Font Glyphs in Inkscape

Many fonts now come with extra swirls and text known as glyphs. These glyphs can be used to add flair and style to an already beautiful design. However, accessing glyphs in Inkscape may be difficult for someone who is just starting out. So today, we will walk through the steps on how to access and use glyphs in Inkscape. This will give you a broader range of what you can with a font.
Before using your fonts in Inkscape, you must install them onto your device. We have easy-to-follow guides on installing fonts to Mac or PC, if needed. Today I’ll be using a stylish calligraphy font in this tutorial, but you can use any Calligraphic font from our selection on Font Bundles for your project.

Step 1 - Type out Text and Change Font

First, access the text tool by selecting the big “A” on the left side of your canvas screen. You can also press the letter “T” on your Keyboard. Next, click anywhere on the artboard to type out the text. After typing out the text, use the Font tab at the top left of the screen.
Select the font you would like to use in the project. You can type in the name of the desired font in the search bar. Alternatively click the Down arrow next to it to scroll through the available fonts. 

 Next, highlight the letter within your text you would like to change.
Highlight letter in Inkscape

Step 2 - Use Glyphs

To use glyphs in Inkscape, you will first have to open the Character map (PC) or Font Book (Mac). If using Font Book, make sure repertoire mode is turned on. Turning on repertoire mode will allow you to view all alternate characters connected to that specific font.
If you are using a PC, you will copy the glyphs from your Character Map.
Using Font Book and Inkscape
Next, search for the glyph you would like to use in the project. Once you find the perfect one, click Ctrl C (PC) or Cmd C (Mac) to copy the Glyphs. Head back to Inkscape to paste in your glyph.
Copy Glyph for Inkscape text
You can now paste the selected glyph into Inkscape by clicking Cmd V. The glyph will replace the letter that you highlighted in the first step.
Paste glyph in Inkscape

Repeat the previous steps until you are satisfied with your design. Once you have the desired look, you can weld the letters together. We have a great guide on how to weld text in Inkscape if necessary.

Using Glyphs in Inkscape

If you would like to learn more, make sure to check out our other guides on how to create perspective type, and how to add patterns to text in Inkscape.

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