Photoshop Elements is my go-to design tool for all my prints. And for the longest time, I was completely oblivious to the fact that all those alternate letter styles and swashes were available to use in Photoshop Elements. I would download and install all these amazing fonts and see all the “extra” stuff that came with them but was convinced that I could not access any of it because I didn’t use the full version of Photoshop. I didn’t know how to use alternate glyphs in Photoshop Elements.
WHAT ARE ALTERNATE GLYPHS?
When you download and install a font, sometimes the fonts come with variations of letters and different types of swashes and flourishes that can add a lot of interest to your designs. Check out the example below. The font is Edelweis and it is popular for wedding invitations. The top version contains the basics. The bottom version contains swashes that are alternate glyphs. Personally, I like the bottom version better.
HOW TO USE ALTERNATE GLYPHS IN PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS
In Photoshop, you can access these variations through the alternative glyph drop down menu. Photoshop Elements does not have this menu so I was always under the (wrong) assumption that all this cool stuff just wasn’t available to me.
Guess what? Clearly, by the title of this post, you know that it is possible to access the alternate glyphs even if you are not using the full version of Photoshop. I’m going to teach you how to do this on a PC. I have Windows 10. I do not know if this works on operating systems other than Windows 10.
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Ready? Create a new document in Photoshop Elements and add some text. To access alternate glyphs, right click on the START menu and click SEARCH. In the search field, type “CHARACTER MAP”. Click on the character map desktop app.
The character map will pop up. Choose your font from the dropdown menu. Then scroll through the character map and choose the alternate glyph that you want to use. I chose to use alternates for the “s” and “e”
Click on the character, click “select” and then click “copy”.
Next, go to your design and highlight the character that you want to replace. Click CTRL-V and the selected character will be replaced with the alternate glyph. And magically, the top line of text turns into the bottom line.
OMG I am in heaven. It’s like a brand new world has opened up for me. My mind is just spinning with all the options that this has opened up!
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