Use glyphs to create a striking typographic poster in InDesign

What are glyphs? They’re essentially a graphic shape that can represent a character, or part of a character. They can have the appearance of numbers, letters, punctuation or even a decorative form. Glyphs also refer to the graphic symbols that aren’t visible on your keyboard – things like fractions, currency symbols and accented letters.

There are a number of OpenType fonts that have an extensive selection of glyphs, with many alternative forms to represent one character. Incorporating these alternatives into your work is a great way to customise typography and add flourishes to your type design. This tutorial will take an in-depth look at Indesign’s Glyphs panel, showing you how to use glyphs and all the options available to speed up your workflow (see our InDesign CS6 review to learn more about the software).


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