By Lesa Snider

Fancy typography doesn’t require expensive software. Thanks to the OpenType font format, the newest versions of everyday software (and the pro stuff) can tap into a multitude of alternate character designs if you know where to look.

In this column, you’ll learn to use a variety of applications to add a special flourish to an important letter in a word—say, the first or last letter of a name—or to change the appearance of any amount of text. It’s a wonderful way to enliven an invitation, greeting card, inspirational graphic, logo, headlines, stationery, resume, and so on.

About OpenType fonts

Released in 2000, the OpenType font format was intended to replace TrueType and PostScript font formats, and it dramatically extended the potential scope and intelligence of fonts. Soon font developers began releasing advanced OpenType fonts—most have Pro in their name—that contain thousands of characters (correctly called glyphs).

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