Join Julieanne Kost for an in-depth discussion in this video The glyph panel, part of Photoshop CC 2018 Essential Training: Design.
- [Narrator] There's another panel that we haven't looked at that can help us to add alternate characters that are available in a typeface. So, I've installed two typefaces using Typekit. I've got the type tool selected, and if I select the font here, we can see these two fonts here: Bickham Script and Caflisch. So, it's not that other fonts won't work, but these two fonts I know have a number of different alternate characters. So I'll choose Bickham Script, because I had my type layer selected, we can see that it's been updated in the image area.
And I want to pick an alternate for the c as well as the l. So I'll click and drag over the c, the onscreen glyphs automatically are displayed. I can click through any of these in order to select alternates. In this case, I'm going to choose this one. Then, I want to select the l but I can't quite see the full characters here so I'm going to switch to the glyphs panel by clicking on the triangle here. Now your glyphs panel might look a little bit different.
First of all, I have all of my recently used glyphs across the top here. Then we can see the font that I have chosen and below that we can see the alternates for what I have selected in the image area. Now if we want to make each one of these boxes larger we can use the slider at the bottom. That might help to see the entire character. Or we can use the a with the minus to make the character smaller within the grid. We can use the plus in order to make it larger.
So in order to insert this glyph I need to double click on it. If I want to try another one it's as easy as double clicking on the other glyph. Now because we did change to a script font I want to make one more change before we commit to this type. I'll triple click in the lower line of text, show my character panel and then change the tracking back to zero. Alright, I'll click on the check mark in order to commit to that text. Now you can also use the glyphs panel to find ornaments in fonts such as Wingdings.
So I'm going to make sure that this type layer is no longer selected by clicking on the background layer, I'll show the glyphs panel and then from the font list I'll scroll down until I find the typeface that I want. In this case it's Wingdings. I don't want the alternates for selections, instead I want to see the entire font. I'll scroll up almost all the way to the top of the font and then scroll down a bit until I see this icon here for the skull and crossbones.
Now, I need to set my type insertion point so I'll click in the image area and then double click in order to insert this ornament into my type layer. Then I'll commit to that change by clicking on the check icon, hide the glyphs panel and then select both of these layers in my layers panel and switch to the move tool by tapping the v key and align these on their centers. In order to add the same drop shadow, I'll hold down the option key and drag the drop shadow effect onto my new type layer and I'll double click on the question mark and rename this skull and crossbones, tapping return and enter in order to apply that.
So there you are, two different ways to apply glyphs and alternate characters using the type tool and the glyphs panel in Photoshop.
Photoshop CC boasts tools and features for making tonal and color adjustments, applying effects and treatments to type and graphics, and distorting, filtering, and layering elements—all while maintaining the highest-quality output. In this course, Julieanne demonstrates how to efficiently perform common design tasks, including editing images, drawing shapes, and working with type and fonts. Along the way, she shares the secrets of nondestructive editing using Smart Objects, and helps you master features such as layers, filters, blending modes, typography, custom brushes, vector masks, and much more—increasing your productivity every step of the way.
- Working with Smart Objects
- Linked vs. embedded Smart Objects
- Creative transformations and warping
- Essential filters for designers
- Emulating traditional drawing techniques
- Working with shape and fill layers
- Pen tool basics
- Applying layer effects and styles
- Type essentials
- Creative brush techniques
- Working with libraries and artboards
- Exporting files and sharing images