Oh. Goodness. Do you ever figure out a little trick that makes you want to seriously leap for joy? Well… friends. This little trick is one of those.
I may be a little late to the game, but I just discovered an amazing trick for using characters in a font like swashes, doodles, extras, etc that are not easily accessible by just hitting traditional keys on the keyboard. For example, the pretty swashes above that come with my new font Heathrow. Or the swashes in the Fandangle font that come with the Angie Makes Font Bundle of Glory.
The secret is to use fonts that are coded to work with Private Use Areas.
Here’s how you can access any character in a Private Use Area Friendly Font on a Windows machine without any fancy software.
It’s even easier on a Mac of course. We’ll just use the default font manager called Font Book that comes with your Mac.
I hope that’s clear as mud. You should have no problem inserting all kinds of extras into your designs now, no matter what application you choose to use your fonts in. Keep in mind, this only works with fonts specifically coded to work with Private Use Areas. Which… mine will forever be in the future.