- 7 years ago
- Wedding: September 2010
Mrs. Penguin has a great post explaining what glyphs are and how they can make most fonts go from pretty –> OMG! However, most programs that allows you to use glyphs like Illustrator are crazy expensive just to use for a short amount of time or the trail period is just too short.
That’s where Inkscape comes in. It’s a free program that allows you to open/manipulate vectors and can also allow you to use glyphs. I had wanted to save money on a calligrapher but still wanted pretty addressed envelopes so I glyphed all my guests invitations.
Below is an example of a regular address and a glyped address.
The instructions I have are for Inkscape on the Mac.
Step 1: Select the text button
Step 2: Go to Edit –> Special Characters
Step 3: A new character box will then pop up. Select the font you want and a complete character list will show up. Click on the glyph character you want to use.
Step 4: When you click on the character, you will see a new box that has the Unicode character. You will need to use the 4 code character. In this case, the unicode character for the glyphed “k” is e060.
Step 5: Press Control + u. At the bottom toolbar, you will see the word “Unicode”.
Step 6: Enter in the unicode from above (eo6o) and press enter.
Step 7: The new character will appear!
Tips: If there are certain characters you use a lot, you can add it to your favorites and then switch to your favorites screen so you don’t have to scroll so much to search for the codes of characters you would use a lot.