Pretty Fonts with Glyphs

The glyph discussion is not new on Weddingbee. I was personally first introduced to them by Mrs. Licorice here, and ever since, have been smitten. But I thought I’d bring it up again now that I’m fresh off of finishing my friend Robin’s invites!

If you’re unfamiliar with the glyph palette, then here’s a quick layman’s rundown. There are certain fonts out there that allow you to “manipulate” certain (or all) of the letters in the alphabet, to create a customized look for your words. The result is a really custom look for any set of letter combinations, that can be switched up to create a variety of different looks for the same word. A better definition of the glyph palette is here. So, for instance, using the font Burgues Script and the word “Penguin”, you can get the word to look different, tens of times over if you’d like:


There are a bunch of fonts out there that have glyphs, but here are a few of my favorites:



Candy Script


Ministry Script


Burgues Script


Buffet Script


Bickham Script


To access a font’s glyphs (if it has them), you’ll need Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, or QuarkXPress 7.0. I think all these design products have limited trial access, so if you don’t own them, you can still get anywhere from a 30-90 day trial of them for free, and get your invites done in that time period! The fonts are unfortunately ridiculously expensive though, but I’ve used the ones I have a lot, and find it hard to use any others because these are so cool. :)

Which is your favorite? Candy Script makes me instantly happy any time I use it!


Mrs. Penguin

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June 2008
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  1. Member
    thefuturemrsjewell 1829 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:39 am

    ohhh these are amazing. i haven’t seen these before… thanks mrs. penguin. i love the candy script too! and the affair! definitely going to need to look into this… thanks!

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    msbunny 349 posts, Helper bee @ 11:45 am

    MMM. I want to eat Buffet Script and Affair!
    Tasty fonts, Pengs!

  3. cloud Member
    cloud 800 posts, Busy bee @ 11:59 am

    Burgues is our wedding script, I love love love it!

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    tadbee623, Guest @ 12:06 pm

    Does anyone know where to get these free fonts? Also, can you use Coral Draw for glyphs?

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    evelinej 370 posts, Helper bee @ 12:11 pm

    I’m a font junkie! I love, love fonts! I have about 20+ that I’ve invested in. Burgues & Feel script are one of my favorites.

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    pailoflove 16 posts, Newbee @ 12:11 pm

    I always wondered how to access those glyphs. Is there a free program where I can access them? Or only the above will let me?

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    S, Guest @ 12:15 pm

    Timely post! I recently purchased the Burgues font but couldn’t figure out how to access the glyphs. Is it possible to access them in Publisher? If so, how?

  8. gloss Member
    gloss 1249 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:40 pm

    Burgeous script is my fav- I use it whenever I can!

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:54 pm

    i like the candy font too. it just looks fun

  10. quiche Member
    quiche 3150 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:12 pm

    I love Feel Script!

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    msgirard 314 posts, Helper bee @ 1:21 pm

    I love the glyphs. Are they accessible in Photoshop Elements?

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    jules 158 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:32 pm

    Ooh, I’m going have to get the Affair font, it is so fantastic! btw, Quark is now out with 8.0. :)

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    kosstobe 232 posts, Helper bee @ 1:46 pm

    I love Burgues and Bickham and have been playing around a little bit with the glyphs since I read your original invite post this morning. Thanks for the reminder!

  14. flamingo Member
    flamingo 1365 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:05 pm

    I love glyphes… never mind the fonts. lol

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    Serendipity 10356 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 2:09 pm

    I don’t have any of those programs, but those fonts are so pretty!

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    cupcake 1456 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:28 pm

    Mmmmmmmm glyphs…. they make my heart go pitter-patter! Oh, and Burgues Script is one of my faves of late :-)

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    Luvbug6315 425 posts, Helper bee @ 2:37 pm

    loving the candy script. it’s so pretty with the glyphs.

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    hotcocoa 2098 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:52 pm

    Like Quiche, I’m a big fan of Feel script and its glyphs!

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    arobb81 292 posts, Helper bee @ 2:56 pm

    Those are some expensive fonts! But Sudtipos has some very talented designers. Adios Script is just goooooorgeous, I wish I could justify purchasing it.

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    PrincessN 7 posts, Newbee @ 3:39 pm

    I’m in love with these fonts and glyphs! I girl can go broke just on stationary alone lol!

    I’ll be playing around with illustrator tonight in hopes of making a purchase…

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    Jess, Guest @ 3:46 pm

    My fiance thinks it’s funny that I go through the trouble of glyphs. I always tell him, “helloooo I’m a desssiiggnnerrr!”

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    labrador 1823 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:03 pm

    Totally just learned something new! Right in time for my invitations! Wooooohooo!

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    arobb81 292 posts, Helper bee @ 8:49 pm

    Photoshop allows for manipulating the OpenType glyphs as well, by the way. Its an option under the Character tab. I much prefer Illustrator and Indesign though, which are actually the correct programs for typesetting as opposed to the mostly bitmap based image manipulation abilities of Photoshop.

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    MrsWoohoo 656 posts, Busy bee @ 9:35 pm

    Thanks, Pengy! I like how I can compare and contrast all at once.

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    Tiffany, Guest @ 9:42 pm

    glyphs are amazing! compendium is also amazing i love working with all the fonts you’ve listed in quark xpress, by far my favorite program!

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    Gilneas 1393 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:58 am

    Wow, I always wondered where those beautiful extra lovely swirls came from!

  27. bruschetta Member
    bruschetta 5565 posts, Bee Keeper @ 10:23 am

    Wish I were “literate” in the programs that allow you to manipulate glyphs. These all look great!

  28. duckling Member
    duckling 1415 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:47 am

    I’ve used Feel Script for our wedding stuff and I love the glyphs feature.

  29. msbuttons Member
    msbuttons 5014 posts, Bee Keeper @ 4:13 pm

    Oh my gosh they are so beautiful! Thank you for showing the link…I am so tempted to use a trial period at least!!! They are so much better than the regular fonts!

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    DIY Save the Dates How To » Weddingbee » The Wedding Blog, Guest @ 9:20 pm

    […] Feel Script font since Mrs. Lemon shared a sample in a post a while ago. Feel Script is one of the glyph fonts that Pengy wrote about the other day. To complement the Feel Script, I used Garamont, which is just […]

  31. mouse Member
    Mrs. Mouse 5761 posts, Bee Keeper @ 11:59 pm

    Candy Script is awesome! It reminds me of all the posters and cards I used to draw with markers in high school. :)

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    Tisa, Guest @ 9:08 am

    Hi ladies!! I know this is a little behind the times but a great place to get free fonts is It is in Czech but you can use google translator to read it. They have hundreds of free fonts. Enjoy!!

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    The Invites Have Left the Building | Weddingbee, Guest @ 12:00 pm

    […] font from our save the dates. I felt it necessary to balance it with a script font that contained glyph-like elements. Apparently Mr Pretzel has something against swirly script fonts and the “Great […]

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    Best of the ‘Bee - DIY Save the Dates How To | Weddingbee, Guest @ 4:23 pm

    […] Feel Script font since Mrs. Lemon shared a sample in a post a while ago. Feel Script is one of the glyph fonts that Pengy wrote about the other day. To complement the Feel Script, I used Garamont, which is just […]

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    ulises, Guest @ 11:36 am

    excelente font

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    Asia_Leone 253 posts, Helper bee @ 3:06 pm

    Mrs. Penquin,

    I just purchased the font Burgues Script. Can you show me how to use the glyph in Illustrator?

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    Asia_Leone 253 posts, Helper bee @ 3:06 pm

    Mrs. Penquin,

    Can you pleaseeee show me how to use the glyph in Illustrator for Burgues Script font?

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    Burberry Handbags, Guest @ 2:29 am

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    Tootsietails, Guest @ 11:44 am

    To use glyphs in illustrator go to Type > Glyphs. A panel should appear with all the glyphs the font contains.

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