Using ligatures to access swashes, ornaments, underline and alternate set
This is only for new fonts published from march 2023
Access all decorative glyphs using standard ligature feature, make sure to activate standard ligature feature in your design software (opentype tab). Our special character ligature system always begin with the plus symbol.
1. Lowercase alternate letters
You can get alternate glyphs for all 26 lowercase character using ligature features, just Type plus symbol ( + ) in front of the letters that you want to change to the alternate short tail glyph. Type plus a ( +a ) than you can get alternate short tail glyph for the letter a.
Some letters have more than one alternate, just add “number two” character (2) behind the letters. For example, type +f2, +g2, +h2, +t2 or +j2
2. Underline swash
You can get underline swash glyphs by using ligature features. Just type “plus symbol” and “zero character” ( +0 ) then follow by number characters, from one to thirty. Type +01 to +030 to get 30 different underline swash variations. The underline swash has zero width, so you can easily put them in the middle of the word, for example if you want underline swash under the word “America”, just type Amer+01ica or Ame+02rica or Ameri+030ca etc. You also can get underline swash glyphs by using “zero” ( 0 ) alternate glyphs.
3. Various of swashes, ornaments, scribbles, arrow, hearts, etc
You can get various special glyphs by using ligature features. Combine “plus symbol” and number 0 to 9, 0 for underline, 1 for uppercase beginning swash, 2 for lowercase beginning swash, 3 for ending swash, 4 for heart swash, 5 for scribbles, 6 for ornaments, 7 for hearts, 8 for arrows, 9 for flower or leaves. Then follow by another number for variations
Below is the complete list of combination for each special characters :
- Underline swashes => Type +01, +02, +03, +04, +05, +06, +07, +08, +09, +010, +011, +012, +013, +014, +015, +016, +017, +018, +09, +020, +021, +022, +023, +024, +025, +026, +027, +028, +029, +030
- Uppercase beginning swash => Type +11, +12
- Lowercase beginning swash => Type +21, +22, +23, +24, +25, +26, +27, +28, +29
- Lowercase ending/tail swash => Type +31, +32, +33, +34, +35, +36, +37, +38, +39, +310, +311, +312, +313, +314, +315, +316, +317, +318, +319, +320
- Heart swash => Type +41, +42, +43, +44, +45, +46
- Scribbles => Type +51, +52, +53, +54, +55
- Ornaments => Type +61, +62, +63, +64, +65, +66, +67, +68, +69, +610
- Hearts => Type +71, +72, +73
- Arrows => Type +81, +82, +83, +84
- Flower / Leaves => Type +91, +92, +93, +94
How to install fonts on computer (Mac/PC)?
On a PC: Double click on the OTF or TTF file, then click “Install.”
On a Mac:
- Double click on the OTF or TTF file, then click “Install Font.”
- Alternately, you can manually install fonts to bypass Fontbook: Copy (CMD + C) the file(s) either OTF or TTF format, then Paste (CMD + V) the files into this folder: HD > Library > Fonts
Important: Restart the program where you intend to use the font, and the fonts will show up in your font list when you open the program again.
What software do I need to use this font?
When a font is installed on your computer, it can be used with any program that allows you to create text. Fonts will work in Microsoft Office applications, Adobe software, and almost any other program with a text editor.
Access Opentype Feature (ligatures, alternates, etc)
Using Opentype Feature in AI/PS:
For Adobe Illustrator, you can use the OpenType panel (Window > Type > OpenType) to specify how you want to apply alternate characters in OpenType fonts. For example, you can specify that you want to use standard ligatures in new or existing text.
A. Standard Ligatures B. Contextual Alternates C. Discretionary Ligatures D. Swash E. Stylistic Alternates F. Titling Alternates G. Ordinals H. Fractions I. Stylistic Sets J. Panel menu K. Figure type L. Character position
For Adobe Photoshop, you can use the Character Panel (Type>Panel>Character Panel).
Keep in mind that OpenType fonts vary greatly in the kinds of features they offer; not all options in the OpenType panel are available in every font. You can view the characters in a font using the Glyphs panel.
How to Access Alternates/ Special Character in AI/PS:
Typefaces include many characters in addition to the ones you see on your keyboard. Depending on the font, these characters can include ligatures, fractions, swashes, ornaments, ordinals, titling and stylistic alternates, superior and inferior characters, old‑style figures, and lining figures. A glyph is a specific form of a character. For example, in certain fonts, the capital letter A is available in several forms, such as swash and small cap.
There are three ways to insert alternate glyphs:
- The Selection in-context menu lets you view and insert glyphs available for a selected character. When you’re working on a type object, you can select a character to quickly view alternate glyphs right next to it in the in-context menu. Simply click the alternate glyph to replace the character with it.
- The Glyphs panel lets you view and insert glyphs from any typeface. You use the Glyphs panel (Window > Type > Glyphs) to view the glyphs in a font and insert specific glyphs in your document.
A. Show menu B. Font family C. Font style D. Zoom buttons
- The OpenType panel lets you set up rules for using glyphs. For example, you can specify that you want to use ligatures, titling characters, and fractions in a given text block. Using the OpenType panel is easier than inserting glyphs one at a time and ensures a more consistent result. However, the panel works only with OpenType fonts.
Another way, you can access the special glyphs using character map program. All my fonts are PUA-encoded, which means that all of the extra characters will show up in the Private Use Area (PUA) of a character map, annotated with a unicode of “EXXX” where the Xs are numbers assigned to any individual glyph. Mac users can use FontBook for this, and PC users can use the standard Character Map that comes on your Windows machine. You’ll simply need to scroll through the characters, locate the one you’d like to use, and then copy/paste it into the program you’re working in! In FontBook, you’ll need to ensure you have Repertoire View turned on — you can find that by going to View > Repertoire.