Tutorial: How to Use Font Glyphs in Silhouette Studio Version 4

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After yesterday’s post on 30 curly, swirly, commercial use fonts, you might need help using glyphs (those alternate letters) that are included with your OTF fonts. I’ve actually covered this is in previous post, but with the release of Silhouette Studio version 4 – it’s even easier now!


Read this first!

This tutorial covers Silhouette Studio version 4 and higher, but glyph support is only included with Designer Edition, Designer Edition Plus, and Business Edition.

If you are using the basic (free) version of Silhouette Studio or Cricut Design Space, click here for a Windows tutorial or click here for a Mac tutorial.

Just an FYI: You’ll only find glyphs in OTF fonts. Learn more in this post.


How to Use the Glyph Panel in Silhouette Studio Version 4 – Windows & Mac

  1. Open Silhouette Studio and type a word in your favorite OTF font that includes glyphs. This tutorial features Amastery Script. Tutorial: How to Use Font Glyphs in Silhouette Studio Version 4 - Cameo, Curio - by cuttingforbusiness.com
  2. On the right hand side, click the text style panel tool. It’s an ‘A’ and I’ve circled it in the screenshot below. (You can also go to ‘Panels’, ‘Text Style’ from the navigation menu at the top.)Tutorial: How to Use Font Glyphs in Silhouette Studio Version 4 - Cameo, Curio - by cuttingforbusiness.com
  3. Now that you’ve got the text panel open, click the glyph icon near the top. From the glyph panel, you can see all the glyphs for a given font. (Tip: You can make them bigger using the slider at the bottom.)Tutorial: How to Use Font Glyphs in Silhouette Studio Version 4 - Cameo, Curio - by cuttingforbusiness.com
  4. Highlight the letter you want to change in the word you typed, then click on the glyph to replace it. In this example, I changed the ‘h’ in Christine to a fancier ‘h’.Tutorial: How to Use Font Glyphs in Silhouette Studio Version 4 - Cameo, Curio - by cuttingforbusiness.com
  5. That’s it! If you’d like to use a glyph and not necessarily substitute a letter, you can do that by selecting the text tool, opening the glyph panel, and choosing a glyph. It’ll pop up on your mat as shown in the screenshot below. Tutorial: How to Use Font Glyphs in Silhouette Studio Version 4 - Cameo, Curio - by cuttingforbusiness.com

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Tutorial: How to Use Font Glyphs in Silhouette Studio Version 4 - Cameo, Curio - by cuttingforbusiness.com

18 thoughts on “Tutorial: How to Use Font Glyphs in Silhouette Studio Version 4”

  1. I have the lastest version of Silhouette Studios but don’t have the “glyph” button on my text tool. Thought maybe it only shows up if there are glyphes so I installed some new fonts that we’re OTF and we’re suppose to have then. Still no button.

  2. I can’t seem to make the glyphs icon appear. I have version 4 and I have Amastery in OTF installed. I do have Designer Edition. I am not sure what I am doing wrong. Any tips?

  3. Thanks for the tutorial Christine. I don’t have OTF fonts installed – I usually install TTF. Does that mean I can’t use the glyphs in the Sil program the way you describe? I can access the glyphs but I just can’t seem to change the letter to the desired glyph….I have thousands of fonts but they are all TTF’s so this would be a huge bummer for me if they have to be OTF’s

  4. Christine, hello
    I’m using Business Edition 4 and the glyphs button does not show up in my text style box at all. No matter what font I’m using.
    Is there any suggestion to help resolve this?
    Thank you

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