I just discovered Open SVG (Color Font) format. I purchased a hand-painted font in this format, but it seems I can only use it as a black font. There are no other options in the glyph menu either. Is there some trick I am not doing that would let me colorize an Open SVG font? What am I missing here? I feel dumb. I hate that.
If they did not include other glyphs then you will have to recolor using a nonsvg method
It all depends too on what version of Illustrator you are running. Color SVG fonts are only compatible with a few programs at the minute:
Illustrator CC 2018+ and Photoshop CC 2017+ are Adobe’s only apps that officially support & display color fonts (InDesign CC 2018 got unofficial support)
The black appearance that you are getting is an indicator that your version doesn't support the Open color svg format and it is using the simpler, backwards compatible format.
Hope that helps