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Using Illustrator's Glyphs Panel for icon fonts

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Hello there, welcome back to Creative Quick Tips. In the text box, I'm just going to have my cursor blinking, I'm Then, of course, we've got all different types of icons, there's Facebook.

Using Illustrator's Glyphs Panel for icon fonts

Hello there, welcome back to Creative Quick Tips. My name is Justin Sealy and in this video, I'm going to be revisiting a Quick Tip that I talked about some time ago and that's talking about using Font Awesome in regular applications like Illustrator and Photoshop. Now the Quick Tip that we had before is still completely a viable way of getting Font Awesome into your applications. But someone did email with a different method for using Font Awesome specifically in Illustrator. And so, I wanted to talk to you about that today. So, if you have not downloaded Font Awesome, you can go to fontawesome.io, and you can download the Font Awesome package.

And then just install the True Type font or something like that on your system. Once you do that, jump over into Illustrator and inside of Illustrator, beforehand what I was telling you to do was go to this Font Awesome cheat sheet, copy the glyph that you want to use and then paste it in here, switch over to Font Awesome and it would just magically appear. Well, there's actually a better way to do that. So, what I'm going to do is just go ahead and create a text box here. In the text box, I'm just going to have my cursor blinking, I'm going to switch the font of the text box over to Font Awesome. And then what we're going to do, I'm going to make sure it's white so you can see it really well, I'm going to go up to the Window menu, I'm going to go down to Type, and I'm going to choose Glyphs.

And in the Glyphs panel, you can see here that Font Awesome is the font. And here are a lot of the icons front Font Awesome. Now, it's not all of them, necessarily. But they are pretty much the majority of the ones that you would probably want to use are in here. A lot of social networks are in here. So, for instance, Vimeo, I could double-click and Vimeo pops out there. Let's see, here's Tumblr and then, let's go through here, here's the YouTube play button and then we've got stuff like the GitHub icon and then, let's find something, or there's Pinterest.

Then, of course, we've got all different types of icons, there's Facebook. And the best part about this is, I'm just double clicking on each one of these to insert it. I get a big grid of all these icons making them easier for me to see. I don't have to leave the application in order to do this either. Which makes it so much easier for me to just find the icon I need, double click it, and insert it into the document that I'm working on. And that's one of the reasons why I actually prefer working with Illustrator in this case, because it does make it that much easier to get access to these icons because, unfortunately, there is no glyphs panel inside of Photoshop as of right now.

So, if you really want the ability to insert these vector icons directly into your comps, maybe you want to think about switching over to something like Illustrator, which does have a glyphs panel in it. InDesign also has a glyphs panel, which you have access to, as well. And so, again, this is just another way of sort of expanding on that previous quick tip of how to use these Font Awesome icons in Illustrator. And the best part about it is, they function just like regular type. So you can blow them up. You can scale them, rotate them, change the color, whatever the case may be. They work just like any other font. You can also convert them to icons and make them into just regular vector pads, if you want.

This is just a great way of getting these types of icons into your designs, without having to redraw these things like logos, or come up with your own UI elements, or whatever the case may be. There you go, how to use the glyphs panel in order to get Font Awesome into your designs inside of Adobe Illustrator.

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  1. 1m 45s
    1. Welcome to the series
      48s
    2. How to send feedback
      57s
  2. 9m 1s
    1. How to create line shadows in Illustrator
      5m 30s
    2. Using custom keyboard shortcuts in Photoshop
      3m 31s
  3. 11m 50s
    1. How to create layers from Photoshop Layer Styles
      3m 14s
    2. How to turn Illustrator artwork into Shape Layers
      3m 15s
    3. How to combine vector shapes in Photoshop
      2m 49s
    4. How to use text wrapping in Illustrator
      2m 32s
  4. 15m 41s
    1. How to effectively rotate objects in Illustrator
      2m 39s
    2. How to create interlocking shapes in Illustrator
      3m 29s
    3. How to speed up Photoshop's performance
      3m 25s
    4. How to use tool shortcuts in Photoshop
      2m 52s
    5. How to use springloaded shortcuts in Photoshop
      3m 16s
  5. 9m 27s
    1. How to create a better Twitter avatar
      3m 59s
    2. How to embed videos in WordPress without a plugin
      1m 45s
    3. How to embed real tweets into any WordPress post
      2m 15s
    4. Create your own Photoshop shortcut cheat sheet
      1m 28s
  6. 17m 53s
    1. How to create better Facebook cover photos
      4m 31s
    2. How to use keyboard shortcuts in WordPress
      2m 47s
    3. How to add Apple touch icons to your website
      5m 27s
    4. How to use Font Awesome in design applications
      5m 8s
  7. 8m 50s
    1. How to create your own pixel grids
      4m 25s
    2. How to sample colors from anywhere
      2m 5s
    3. How to create diagonal guides in Illustrator
      2m 20s
  8. 13m 48s
    1. How to round individual corners on Illustrator shapes
      3m 21s
    2. How to use Camera Raw as a Smart Filter
      4m 8s
    3. How to use the Shape Builder Tool to recolor artwork
      3m 34s
    4. How to use "Align to Key Object" in Illustrator
      2m 45s
  9. 8m 26s
    1. Exploring the Kuler Panel in Illustrator CC
      1m 50s
    2. How to draw awesome shapes with the tilde key
      2m 12s
    3. How to reset your bounding box in Illustrator
      2m 6s
    4. How to change your artboard color in Illustrator
      2m 18s
  10. 23m 19s
    1. How to use Photoshop and Illustrator to write CSS
      4m 1s
    2. How to create scalable rounded rectangles in Illustrator
      4m 16s
    3. How to use the fill commands in Photoshop
      3m 52s
    4. How to accurately space objects in Illustrator
      2m 5s
    5. Ten WordPress plugins that you should know
      9m 5s
  11. 9m 41s
    1. Unlocking background layers in Photoshop
      1m 8s
    2. Using opacity shortcuts in Photoshop
      1m 50s
    3. Using Illustrator's Glyphs Panel for icon fonts
      3m 15s
    4. Creating flexible buttons in Illustrator
      3m 28s
  12. 6m 31s
    1. Locking artwork in Illustrator
      2m 5s
    2. Five free fonts for your next project
      2m 0s
    3. Improving the SEO of your Muse website
      2m 26s
  13. 17m 7s
    1. Fitting content into your InDesign frames
      2m 37s
    2. Setting up your own Autocorrect in InDesign
      2m 33s
    3. Drawing complex shapes in Illustrator
      3m 14s
    4. Using the snapshots feature in Photoshop
      4m 40s
    5. Creating awesome product shots with Placeit
      4m 3s
  14. 18m 10s
    1. How to find free stock photos online
      1m 55s
    2. Using the transform command in Illustrator
      4m 14s
    3. Five tools for wireframing & mockups
      7m 36s
    4. How to convert videos into GIFs using Photoshop
      4m 25s
  15. 16m 10s
    1. Using PNG Hat to export Photoshop assets
      4m 56s
    2. How to setup two-step authentication in WordPress
      3m 50s
    3. Analyzing the speed of your website
      2m 19s
    4. How to create beveled text in Illustrator
      5m 5s

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