Do you ever see those special characters in a particular font & wonder how to actually get them into Design Space? We are talking about those swirly accents, hearts, & lines. Like the “i” character shown in the image below:
Well, this is your ultimate resource for accessing those special characters (also known as swashes) on your computer/device! Here we will post TWO DIFFERENT ways to access those characters! We will add more resources here as we find them!
#1. USING CHARACTER MAP
1. Download CHARACTER MAP (it’s free!) on your computer/device.
You can CLICK HERE to go directly to it, or search for it in your computer’s app store.
This is how it will look when you search for it in the windows store on your computer & you can see the apps icon:
2. Once it’s downloaded on your computer, open up character map. (It may appear across the bottom of your screen on your tool bar)
Make sure that all the particular fonts that you want to access all the characters for are properly downloaded & unzipped on your computer/device!
3. Find the font that you want to access the characters (from the left sidebar where all the fonts on your computer are located) & click on it.
4. Simply scroll through all the characters available for the font you’d like & click on the exact character you want to use in Design Space.
Now the character you selected should be shown big on the right sidebar!
5. Below the big picture of the character you selected, click “Copy” as circled in the image below:
6. Open up Design Space & select “New Project” or open up an already existing project.
7. Click “Text” from the right sidebar & backspace the word TEXT and replace it with your desired text (leaving out the special character you copied in character map).
8. Change the font of your text to the same font as you copied a character from in character map. You can find your downloaded fonts under “All” or “System” Fonts as circled in the image below:
9. Now your text should be your desired font, right click & click “Paste” (or press “Ctrl” + V) & the character you copied in character map should appear! As shown in the image below:
Now you can “ungroup ” your text and individually move the letters however you want, like closer together or further apart!
TIP: Some fonts in Design Space have some of their special characters come up when certain keys are pressed. So try it out and see if you can get any special characters without having to even use this method every time!
Some examples of common keys used are:
_ [ ] & ( ) -+
#2. USING FONTCLOUD
No downloading required, but you must make a Creative Fabrica Account! CLICK HERE TO MAKE A FREE CREATIVE FABRICA ACOUNT TO GET ACCESS TO THOUSANDS OF IMAGES & FONTS & FONTCLOUD!
FontCloud is a FREE online font manager tool!
1. Go to CreativeFabrica.com & across the top toolbar, hover your mouse over “TOOLS” & click on the first option on the list, FONTCLOUD.
2. Click “Open FontCloud”
3. Download any fonts you have by selecting the BLUE “Browse” button (it’s the last option on the left sidebar)
4. Find the font you want to use on your computer/device & select it.
5. Your font should now be listed in the left sidebar.
You can type out your text where it says “Preview fonts with your own text…” to see how it would look with all your fonts, so you can find the one that looks the best!!
6. Click on the font that you want to access all characters for.
7. Scroll through the characters of your font to find the exact special character that you want & when you click on that character it automatically copies that character.
8. Open up Design Space & select “New Project” or open up an already existing project.
9. Click “Text” from the right sidebar & backspace the word TEXT and replace it with your desired text (leaving out the special character you copied in FontCloud).
10. Change the font of your text to the same font as you copied a character from in FontCloud.
9. Now your text should be your desired font, right click & click “Paste” (or press “Ctrl” + V) & the character you copied in FontCloud should appear!
We hope this helps!! We will be adding more resources as we find them!
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.