How to access alternate characters in Word, Photoshop, FontBook, Character Map
We get a lot of questions from customers who have purchased my fonts, on how to access the extra’s. If you need help installing your font click here. If you need help accessing alternate glyphs and swashes keep reading.
What are alternate glyphs and swashes
Some fonts include multiple characters for the same letter, these are called alternate glyphs. The swashes are the decorative, swirly parts of the font.
Which programs can you use
You can use the basic font character set in any text editor or program such as MS Word, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, InkScape, GIMP, Corel, Silhouette, Cricut, etc. Fonts that have alternate glyphs and swashes, need to be accessed with a glyph panel through programs such as Adobe Photoshop CC (not all versions), Illustrator, InDesign, Inkscape and Microsoft Word 2010 or later versions. Below I have highlighted 4 different options to open extra glyphs.