Did you know you can create fun text for your projects using the Glyphs Panel? Not only does the Glyphs panel gives you a way to add familiar text options such as subscripts, superscripts, small caps, currency symbols, numbers, etc, but it also lets you configure alternate letter forms, ligatures, swash, and more. Each font has its own list of available options. You can find tons of fonts at https://fonts.adobe.com/. Some fonts have very few options, while others have many ornamental choices. Check out the information below that shows the panels and menus that you will want to become familiar with and then give it a try!
Here a few examples using a simple font that demonstrate how you can easily jazz up words and make them more decorative:
The Glyphs Panel
You can open the Glyphs Panel from the main Photoshop menu in one of two ways:
1) Window > Glyphs
2) Type > Panels > Glyphs panel
The Glyphs panel has several parts and looks like this:
The Font Category dropdown (D in the image above) allows you to choose whether to view all options (select Entire font), or to display just one of many categories, such as Alternates, Designer Favorites, Standard Ligatures, Stylistic Alternatives. Each font is different, so you will find that some fonts have more and different categories available than others. Here is an example of a font with many categories:
Here is how the Glyphs panel looks for one font I used in the sample. You can see many alternate styles for letters as well as several ligatures that combine letters and add a little curly flair. Again, each font is different and the type and quantity of options will vary from font to font.
While using the text tool in a Photoshop document, you can click to create an insertion point where you want to insert the glyph and then double-click a glyph in the Glyphs panel.
Type Layer Glyph Alternatives
When you are working in a Type layer and the Type Layer Glyph Alternates feature is enabled, you can select a character, keep the mouse over the character, and then a box will pop up showing any alternate characters that exist for that font. (See image below) You can choose a different one if you see an alternate version that you prefer. Clicking on the little triangle icon in the alternatives grid will take you to the Glyphs panel. If you don't see the options pop up, then you will need to enable it in the preferences: Preferences > Type > Enable Type Layer Glyph Alternates.
With some OpenType fonts, you can choose to apply ligatures to character pairs automatically. Ligatures are typographic replacement characters for certain groups of letters. You can also enable Discretionary ligatures if your chosen font offers them, which provides additional ornate options.
You can access the Characters panel from the main toolbar Window > Character, or click on the Character panel tab if the panel is visible but not currently active. If you have a type tool selected, you can click the Panel button in the options bar above the canvas.
To configure and use the options choose an OpenType font, create and select some text, and then click on the desired OpenType icon in the Characters panel. These icons are also visible on the Type Layer Properties panel. You can also find the list of OpenType options by clicking on the 4 lines in the top right of the Character panel and selecting OpenType from the flyout menu. You will not be able to click on OpenType and choose options if you are using a font that is not OpenType.
OpenType Icons are in the Character panel and in the flyout menu.
OpenType icons are also in the Type Options section of the Type Layer Properties panel.
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