5 favorite cursive fonts with glyphs {and how to use them}


Each of these are fonts I use regularly – they are all lovely on their own, but the added swashes and fancy letters {aka: glyphs} add so much uniqueness to each one. It is fun to play around with the different characters to get your lettering looking just as you like it. Click on the font names below for sources.







Just in case you have never used these fonts with extra characters, I created a video showing how to use the glyph panel in Adobe Illustrator.

 Pretty simple, right?

If you do not have illustrator, you can access many symbols in Microsoft Word {I did a quick tutorial using a pc at the end of this post and one on a mac right here}.

Hopefully this is helpful. I’d love to know if these types of posts are something you are interested in – please leave a comment if so!

65 Responses to 5 favorite cursive fonts with glyphs {and how to use them}

  1. abbie November 14, 2014 at 8:19 am #

    love number 4 had never seen that one before!

  2. Aleta March 13, 2014 at 9:40 am #

    I love all your tutorials but this one made me jump for joy. I love fonts. I probably have over 2000 on various computers but I never knew about glyphs. I have been seriously missing out. I thank you immensely for this tutorial.

  3. Anna December 2, 2013 at 8:25 am #

    Hi Emily,

    Thank you for all of your ideas and inspiration. Your blog is amazing!

    I just purchased Bombshell Pro and can’t figure out how to connect words. Is this a glyph or is there a shortcut I can use? (for Microsoft Word/Mac). I cannot find any other tutorials online. Thank you!!

    • Morgan February 18, 2014 at 11:49 am #

      Emily, me too! I cant add the swashes with microsoft word or paint and those are the programs I use for my business. Thats the whole reason why I bought this font. I also followed this extrmemly helpful tutorial, but all of the glyphs(swashes) were not on the insert symbal tab. I am dowloaded illustrator now and will buy it if I have to.

    • Morgan February 18, 2014 at 12:02 pm #

      Anna I hope you see this, I figured it out! Go here and scroll all the way to the bottom and soul scribbles answers how to do it. Emily thank you so much for helping! http://jsibiliadesigns.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/font-love-bombshell-pro/

      • emily February 18, 2014 at 3:56 pm #

        Thank you for sharing this great resource!

  4. Emily August 24, 2013 at 7:43 am #

    This was sooo helpful! Thank you so much. I am just starting to use some of these fonts and I love them, but didn’t know how to access the extras!

  5. Misty May 24, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

    Thank you for this tutorial! I love your blog and all your diy projects, pics of your home and life with kids post. There are many blogs out there similar, but when you throw in some graphic design tutorials/tips/tricks, it truly makes your blog more unique! Your style is so lovely and refreshing! I love these types of posts as I’m trying to learn graphic design! I can’t decide if I want to learn illustrator or photoshop. Anyway, thank you and keep em’ coming, please!! :)))

  6. Sarah May 3, 2013 at 1:19 pm #

    Great video! Thanks for sharing this.
    Do you know of any resources for using glyphs in Pages (for MAC)? Also, what is the font you used for the numbers (No.1, etc)?

  7. Pam May 3, 2013 at 9:52 am #

    I love your blog!

  8. Becky Monteiro April 30, 2013 at 7:39 am #

    Emily do you know if these fonts can be used with MS Word, or do they only work with Illustrator? Thanks

    • emily April 30, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

      You can use all of them with word. You may not be able to access all of the glyphs {I’m not sure}.

  9. Angela April 28, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

    YES!!! I would be very interested in seeing more of these types of tutorials. Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity! I just love your blog : )

  10. rachel April 27, 2013 at 11:30 pm #

    You are a doll for doing this!

    Thank you!! And yes, I’d love more of these types of tutorials!


  11. Michelle April 27, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

    Love, love, LOVE the video tutorial – I would definitely be willing to pay to have access to similar tutorials/ other graphic design related tutorials. Thanks!

  12. Janice April 27, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

    Very helpful!! Thank you!!!

  13. Connie April 25, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

    Love the fonts!!! Thanks for the tutorial too. Question, can you set up to print envelopes with these purchased fonts or are they best used for printing one document. I am thinking of the Peoni Pro but with any of the fonts…

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    • emily April 25, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

      You can certainly use the fonts to print envelopes. You will have to go through each one to change the glyphs, but straight out of the box, all of these are lovely.

  14. Tonia April 25, 2013 at 7:17 am #

    Thanks for the great tutorial. I would *love* to see more posts like this.

    Yours is the only blog I read EVERY day and I always get excited when I see a new post in my email. I save it for the evening after Landon is asleep so I can really enjoy it.

    Your sincerity really comes through in everything you do. God is truly using you and your talents and that is such a great blessing. God bless!

  15. Melanie April 25, 2013 at 5:06 am #

    Thanks for the easy to understand post. Never figured out the glyphs on my own.

  16. Christie April 24, 2013 at 7:46 pm #

    Definitely interested in posts like this; thanks!! (if not for anything else, but that they’re sooo pretty!)

  17. Elizabeth C April 24, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    SO great! Thank you!

  18. Jennifer April 24, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

    Thank you thank you thank you for this post!! I am teaching myself Illustrator and this was saved me many hours of google and YouTube searching! Love your blog and your monthly subscription…..keeps me (somewhat :) ) organized and the bible verse memory cards are fantastic!

  19. Kari-Ann April 24, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    you continue to amaze me. I have been looking for something like this for days!! THANK YOU!


  20. Jenn April 24, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    I am always intimidated by computer programs like this, but would love to learn. Keep these up!

  21. LLH Designs April 24, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

    Great post! Inspires me to stop being such a stick in the mud and finally learn Illustrator. Have been designing for 10 years, have had Illustrator for 3. And have all these fonts. How sad that I haven’t been able to use them fully!

  22. Estela April 24, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    Thanks for posting, love stuff like this since I’m not very good at it. I usually do free fonts but these are nicer! I just have to remember you get what you pay for. Thanks for sharing along with the resource :)

  23. Deanna April 24, 2013 at 11:55 am #

    Thank you sharing these great font resources ! If I purchase 1 or all of these , am I able to use them on stationery that I would be selling ?

    • emily April 24, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

      Most of the time – yes. Just make sure you read the license agreement. There are often choices for purchasing a commercial license if it is needed.

  24. Natalie April 24, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    Hello, I absolutely love the fonts you use!
    I was just wondering if you had any free fonts you recommend/use as I don’t do much in he graphic sense.
    thanks, Natalie

    • emily April 24, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

      many of the fonts on my 25 Favorite Fonts post are free: https://jonesdesigncompany.com/create/25favoritefonts/

  25. natalie April 24, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    Thanks. Love everything u post. You inspire me.

  26. Rani April 24, 2013 at 10:52 am #

    Do you buy all these fonts? I’ve been able to download different fonts for free, but don’t see that option here.

    • emily April 24, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

      Yes, I have purchased each one of these.

  27. Angela April 24, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    Your tutorial was fantastic! Thank you for simplifying that and making it so easy to understand. I, for one, would love to see more tutorials like this one! God Bless!

  28. Holly Herick April 24, 2013 at 10:32 am #

    P.S. Can you write a blog about you favorite san serif fonts?

    • emily April 24, 2013 at 4:57 pm #


  29. Holly Herick April 24, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    Thanks Emily. This was helpful and I will be purchasing a few of these fonts. —Holly

  30. Nimisha April 24, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    I generally drool over the fonts you use…so this post was great! Thanks for sharing!

  31. Jen B April 24, 2013 at 10:09 am #

    Yes, these are very helpful and the last one is exactly what I have been looking for! Thank you!

  32. Grace April 24, 2013 at 10:04 am #

    And please please please keep these video’s coming.

  33. Grace April 24, 2013 at 10:03 am #

    Thank you so much for doing the video! Its going to come in very very handy.

  34. Tori April 24, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    I just love a good lettering post! Keep ’em coming! These are all beautiful! I do machine embroidery, and I’m always looking for fonts that will stitch beautifully. These are great!!

  35. Angela L April 24, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge! I haven’t used Illustrator in years (since a couple of classes in college) and don’t even currently have it on my computer but watching your tutorial makes me feel like I could pick it up again one day and not be completely lost. I love your teaching posts :)

  36. Jeana April 24, 2013 at 9:49 am #

    I DO love these kind of posts/tutorials! I’ve always wanted to learn graphic design, and this is a great start! Thanks Emily :-)

  37. Pamela Robinson April 24, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    Love your posts about fonts. I am a graphic designer gone painter , but I still love to design stuff every now and then. I learned Illustrator back in the day and never knew how to use the Glyphs panel…so thanks!!

  38. HolleyV April 24, 2013 at 9:46 am #

    Thank you sooo much for this tutorial!! I recently bought a font specifically for the glyphs and could not figure out how to get them (I even contacted the designer but didn’t hear back). Thank you, thank you!

  39. Kels April 24, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    Great post Em!

  40. Chris April 24, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    Love it… I am a font fanatic! Theses are great!

  41. Julie April 24, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    Love it, love it, love it! Keep the tutorials coming!

  42. l.e. April 24, 2013 at 9:05 am #

    Love this list and can’t wait to watch the tutorial!

  43. Jenny @ Jenny Ikari Design April 24, 2013 at 8:41 am #

    Love the fonts and the tutorial ~ thanks!

  44. Julie M. April 24, 2013 at 7:49 am #

    I know you are self-taught with Illustrator, right? I really like seeing these tutorials as I keep learning more and more of the functionality that Illustrator has.

    • emily April 24, 2013 at 9:34 am #

      I am self-taught – although I did take a continuing-education course this winter at a community college. It was a great resource and affirmed that I had taught myself well!

  45. Sarah Barksdale Design April 24, 2013 at 7:43 am #

    Thanks for sharing! I always love a good illustrator tutorial!

  46. Gabrielle April 24, 2013 at 7:27 am #

    THANK YOU so much for sharing this information… Illustrator can be intimidating and overwhelming, but your video was short and sweet and very helpful. It is so great that you have used your talents to bless the lives of your loved ones and that your’e willing to help others do the same. Seriously, you are one of my favorite blogs because the sincerity of your character shines through in every little thing you touch. God Bless!

    • emily April 24, 2013 at 9:31 am #

      wow … thank you for such a nice comment!

  47. Nicole@progressoverperfectionblog.com April 24, 2013 at 7:10 am #

    Super informative, Emily! Thanks… I can’t wait to play around with it.

  48. Sarah April 24, 2013 at 6:47 am #

    Absolutely, keep these types of posts coming.

  49. Jenn @ A Simple Haven April 24, 2013 at 6:11 am #

    Loved you font resources! Have wondered about these fonts; thanks for sharing!

  50. Gloria April 24, 2013 at 5:13 am #

    Jacques & Gilles happens to be one of my favorite fonts as of lately, but every time I try to use in on invitations, they want me to change it because it’s not always easy to read. I’m going to keep sneaking it in until someone says yes. I’m thinking you just made someone a lot of money too since three of those are designed by the same person!

    Thanks for posting this! I wouldn’t mind more posts like this.

    • emily April 24, 2013 at 9:32 am #

      I just adore the Emily Lime fonts!

  51. MomofTwinGirls April 24, 2013 at 4:52 am #

    I can’t get font #5 to open. Is it my computer?

    • emily April 24, 2013 at 9:32 am #

      Sorry … the link was broken. Fixed now!

  52. Angie's Boblog April 24, 2013 at 4:34 am #

    totally is. thanks!

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