A Practical Guide to Finding and Using Free Fonts with Glyphs

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As an online seller, you are aware of how important it is to create designs that stand out from the crowd. Part of that design process is choosing the right fonts. 

Using fonts with glyphs is a quick and easy way to take the style and personality of your designs to the next level, turning browsing customers into buying customers and long-term fans. 

In this blog post, we’ll cover what glyphs are, where to find free fonts with glyphs, programs to use fonts with glyphs in to create beautiful designs, and how to view font glyphs.

What are Glyphs?

Some of you might be wondering what on earth is a glyph??

The word ‘glyph’ does have different meanings, but for the purposes of this blog post, I’m using it to refer to additional design elements such as ligatures, swashes, and alternate characters that are added to some fonts to give them that extra special flair.

Glyphs add a touch of elegance to a font, and are very pleasing to the eye.

Adding a glyph to your font can elevate your design to the next level.

Where to Find Free Fonts with Glyphs

Some fonts are free to download, but the creators will charge for the glyphs package.

However, there are free fonts that include free glyphs if you know where to look. You can find free fonts with glyphs on:

Depending on the website you choose, you can search for free fonts by category, style, and even language. 

Once you find a font that you like, make sure to check that it includes free glyphs – as I mentioned earlier, some free fonts only have a paid option for their glyphs.

Also, don’t forget to check out their commercial licensing details before you use them in any design that you intend to sell. Creative Fabrica sells commercial use fonts.

Here is an example of a great font with glyphs from Creative Fabrica:

welcome font
Welcome Font Photo courtesy of Creative Fabrica

Free Font Glyphs Viewer

Many font websites, such as Creative Fabrica, provide a preview of the glyphs available in each font – look for a ‘Character Map’ or ‘Glyphs’ section where you can see the entire glyph set before downloading the font and glyphs package.

If you find a font you want to download, but the website doesn’t have a preview option, you could use the viewer built into your computer – such as Microsoft Font Viewer, which is available for free on Windows computers.

However, glyphs can be somewhat difficult to see using these built-in options.

To make it easier for yourself, download Character Map UWP

With this app, you can preview characters in a larger view, and you can also search for characters by name, making it easier to find what you’re looking for.

Another tool you could try is Glyphr Studio – which even lets you design your own font!

Programs Where you can use Fonts with Glyphs

Most design software, such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, support glyph usage. 

I personally love to use Canva to add glyphs to my designs. 

I’ve created a super helpful video that walks you through the entire process of adding glyphs to designs in Canva, from where to find free fonts with glyphs, the difference between OTF and TTF files, how to add fonts to your Canva account, and how to add glyphs to your designs. Note that you can only use font glyphs in Canva Pro.

Want a free guide on how to create font glyphs in Canva Pro? Grab your copy of my guide How to Create Font Glyphs in Canva Pro here!

how to create font glyphs in canva

Printables to Create Using Glyphs

You can use glyphs on any design where you want to add a touch of elegance to.

Niches where glyphs are particularly useful include: 

  • Minimalist inspirational, typography-based wall art
  • Wedding stationery
  • Boho designs
  • Planners
  • Stickers
  • Scrapbooking
  • Wall art

Now that you know what glyphs are, where to find them, and how to use them, go have some fun with them!

Learn how to make money selling Canva templates like the ones mentioned above here.

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