This is a font I found in a church building. It's a typed out message, so I know the font exists. It might be Garamond Schoolbook, but I can't find it anywhere. It seems the italic versions of Garamond and variations have an open 'a' but I can't find the equivalent in a regular weight.



  • The single-storey ɑ and ɡ are almost certainly alternate glyphs; but even so, I can’t find a single version of Garamond on MyFonts that has any such alternate glyphs and looks even remotely like this one. Feb 18, 2017 at 11:32
  • It seems really bizarre to me, because it seems that if it's a font, then it exists somewhere... but like you said it doesn't seem to exist...
    – PureBlue
    Feb 18, 2017 at 18:07

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You are correct that the typeface in question is a schoolbook variety of Garamond. More specifically, EB Garamond utilizing the alternate characters for the lowercase a and g.

Note: The only noticeable difference with EB Garamond and your sample is the extremity of the curves on some of the lower case letter serifs (see n and i for example) but EB Garamond is close and available as a Google Font. Based on the serifs, my guess is this is more closely related to Simoncini Garamond but I wasn't able to verify if it includes the alternate schoolbook characters in the font package.

You can access these alternate letters by using the Glyphs Panel (Window > Glyphs in Photoshop or Window > Type > Glyphs in Illustrator). Simply select the letter you'd like to replace, find the appropriate alternate in the Glyphs Panel and double-click it to replace:

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^ This sample only replaces the a but where the g "lives" for EB Garamond is highlighted

EB Garamond on Google fonts

  • Wow... PS finally has a glyphs panel! (nice find btw)
    – Cai
    Feb 21, 2017 at 17:26
  • Hey, thanks bunches! I should have realized that a font as popular as Garamond would have alternate glyphs like that. I personally use fontforge, and I switched that glyphs that way, so thanks for finding that!
    – PureBlue
    Feb 23, 2017 at 4:34

Yes, this is a "schoolbook" variant of Garamond - quite a loose redraw, though. EB Garamond will be close enough, I think. Andron ABC has these characters moved up to defaults if the program you want to use can't handle alternates.

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