Glyphs Handbook

The Glyphs Handbook describes the app in detail. For step-by-step guides, see the Glyphs tutorials. If you have any further questions, feel free to ask them on the Glyphs Forum.

  1. Glyphs

    Introduction to the Glyphs Handbook.

  2. Create

    Getting started with a font in Glyphs.

  3. Settings

    Configuring the appearance, behavior, shortcuts, and more.

  4. Edit View

    Drawing glyphs, editing outlines, and previewing text.

  5. Palette

    Contextual information and actions for the current selection.

  6. Font View

    Getting an overview of the glyphs of the font.

  7. Font Info

    Editing metadata, masters, instances, and features.

  8. Import & Export

    Managing source files and exporting fonts for distribution.

  9. Spacing & Kerning

    Defining the spacing around and between glyphs.

  10. Reusing Shapes

    Working with components.

  11. Interpolation

    Managing multiple masters and creating variable fonts.

  12. Filters

    Applying effects and transforming outlines.

  13. Feature Code

    Using the extended feature code capabilities of Glyphs.

  14. PostScript Hinting

    Improving PostScript/CFF/OTF fonts for small font sizes.

  15. TrueType Hinting

    Improving TrueType/TTF fonts for small font sizes.

  16. Color Fonts

    Creating bitmap and vector fonts with intrinsic colors.

  17. Extensions

    Adding plug-ins and scripts for extended capabilities.

  18. Appendix

    Additional references and indices of built-in features.

Written by Rainer Erich Scheichelbauer, Georg Seifert, and Florian Pircher.

Thanks to Nathalie Dumont, Jeff Kellem, Rob Keller, Toshi Omagari, Claus Eggers Sørensen, and Grzegorz Rolek for their invaluable input.

The text face is ABC Arizona, designed by Elias Hanzer for Dinamo. This is a variable font ranging from thin to bold, sans serif to serif, and upright to italic.

The illustrations use glyphs of the following typefaces: ABC Arizona; Alegreya, Alegreya Sans, & Piazzolla by Juan Pablo del Peral/​Huerta Tipográfica; Apple Color Emoji by Apple; Cerne by Peter S. Baker; Cormorant by Christian Thalmann/​Catharsis Fonts; Graublau Sans & Graublau Slab by Georg Seifert; Hola Pixel by Rainer Erich Scheichelbauer/​Schriftlabor; Lapture by Tim Ahrens/​Just Another Foundry; Liebe Heide by Ulrike Rausch/​LiebeFonts; Literata by Veronika Burian & José Scaglione/​TypeTogether; Lyon Arabic by Khajag Apelian, Wael Morcos, & Kai Bernau/​Commercial Type; Mada by Khaled Hosny/​Alif Type; Proxima Vara by Mark Simonson; Rasa by Anna Giedrys & David Brezina/​Rosetta Type; Sapperlot by Thomas Maier; and Work Sans by Wei Huang.