Thursday, 19 August 2010

Tina's Tutorials #2: Symbols

Blogging Tips and Tricks #2: Symbols and ascii art

If you need to beautify your posts or layouts, symbols are a great way of adding elegance and refinement without the need for complicated flashy graphics.

Note: If you DO use these symbols, please link to this page, so others will know where to get some too.


To put symbols onto your blog:

1. In Windows XP or lower, go to:
Start> All Programs> Accessories> System Tools> Character Map.

2. In the scroll down menu, select a font that you would like to use.  I would suggest Webdings or Wingdings for symbols.

3. Double-click on a character you would like to use, and click on "copy" in the bottom right-hand corner of the window. The symbol has now been copied to your clipboard.

4. Paste it anywhere you like.

For detailed instructions, go here.


Here's a compilation of useful symbols that I have found on the net:
(credits: compiled from this handy site)

♋ 웃 유 Σ ⊗ ♒ ☠ ☮ ☯ ♠ Ω ♤ ♣ ♧ ♥ ♡ ♦♢♔ ♕ ♚ ♛ ★ ☆ ✮ ✯ ☄ ☾ ☽ ☼ ☀ ☁ ☂ ☃ ☻ ☺ ۞ ۩ ♬ ✄ ✂ ✆ ✉ ✦ ✧ ∞ ♂ ♀ ☿ ❤ ❥ ❦ ❧ ™ ® © ✗ ✘ ⊗ ♒ ▢ ▲ △ ▼ ▽ ◆ ◇ ○ ◎ ● ◯ Δ◕ ◔ ʊ ϟ ღ 回 ₪ ✓ ✔ ✕ ✖ ☢ ☣ ☤ ☥ ☦ ☧ ☨ ☩ ☪ ☫ ☬ ☭✖✗✘♒♬✄ ✂✆✉✦✧♱ ❤ †♰♂♀☿❤❥ ❦❧ ♡♦ ♢♔♕♚♛★ ☆✮ ✯☄☾☽ ☼☀☁☂☃☻ ☺☹ ☮۞۩ ☎☏¢ ☚☛☜☝☞☟✍ ⌘

Currency:
¢€£¥

Circled numbers and alphabet:
➀➁➂ ➃➄➅ ➆➇➈ ➉
➊➋➌➍ ➎➏➐➑➒➓
ⒶⒷⒸⒹⒺⒻ ⒼⒽ ⒾⒿⓀ ⓁⓂⓃ ⓄⓅⓆ ⓇⓈⓉⓊⓋ ⓌⓍⓎⓏ
ⓐⓑⓒⓓⓔⓕⓖⓗ ⓘⓙⓚⓛⓜⓝ ⓞⓟⓠⓡⓢⓣ ⓤⓥⓦⓧⓨⓩ
e.g. 

Chess
♚ ♛ ♜ ♝ ♞ ♟
♔ ♕ ♖ ♗ ♘ ♙

Hands
☚ ☛ ☜ ☝ ☞ ☟

Cross
☩ ☨ ☦ ✙ ✚ ✛ ✜ ✝ ✞ ✠

Snow/Star
✦ ★ ☆ ✰ ✮ ✯ ❇ ❈ ❅ ❄ ❆ ╰☆╮

Flowers
❃ ❀ ✿ ❁ ✾

Music
♪ ♫ ♩ ♬ ♭ ♮ ♯

Weather (sun, rain, snow)
☼ ☀ ☁ ☂ ☃ ☄ ☾ ☽ ❄

Religion
☯ ✡ ☨ ✞ ✝ ☮ ☥ ☦ ☧ ☩ ☪ ☫ ☬ ☭ ✌ 卐

Gender, love
♋ ♂ ♀ ☿ ❤ ❥ 웃 유 ♡

Messaging/Writing
✉ ✍ ✎ ✏ ✐✑✒ ⌨

Zodiac signs
♈ ♉ ♊ ♋ ♌ ♍ ♎ ♏ ♐ ♑ ♒ ♓

Blocks

▀ ▁ ▂ ▃ ▄ ▅ ▆ ▇ █ ▉ ▊ ▋ ▌ ▍ ▎ ▏ ▐ ░ ▒ ▓

Copyright: ™ © ®

Quotes: ❝❞


Text Boxes:
Feel free to experiment with the symbols above to create ascii art that is uniquely you.

▀▄▀▄▀▄▀▄▀▄▀▄▀▄▀▄▀▄▀▄▀▄▀▄
              Your text goes here                     

▀▄▀▄▀▄▀▄▀▄▀▄▀▄▀▄▀▄▀▄▀▄▀▄

●▬▬▬▬๑۩۩๑▬▬▬▬●
       Your text goes here
●▬▬▬▬๑۩۩๑▬▬▬▬●

╔════════════════╗
        Your text Goes here
╚════════════════╝

        *•.¸(*•.¸♥¸.•*)¸.•*´
♥«´¨`•°text goes here°•´¨`»♥
        ¸.•*(¸.•*´♥`*•.¸)`*•

*´¨)
¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*¨)
(¸.•´ (¸.•` ♥ Text goes here

ஜ۩۞۩ஜ Your text goes here ஜ۩۞۩ஜ


Falling stars ascii art: (you could replace with symbols from above)

┊  ┊  ┊  ┊
┊  ┊  ┊  ★
┊  ┊  ☆
┊  ★


Tuяn Up Tнe Vσℓυмe♪

: .♬ ♫ılı.——Volume——.ılı.♪ ♫ ♬
: ▄ █ ▄ █ ▄ ▄ █ ▄ █ ▄ █
: Min- – – – – – – – – – -●Max


Faces:
٩(●̮̮̃•̃)۶ ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ ٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶ ٩(-̮̮̃•̃)۶ ٩(×̯×)۶ ಠ_ಠ
☻♥☻
/█\/█\
⎝⏠⏝⏠⎠
Hope you enjoy these, and don't be afraid to experiment. Feel free to copy and use these symbols as you wish!


*´¨)
¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*¨)
(¸.•´ (¸.•` ♥ xoxo Tina

Coming up next - Colour changing tools and text generators


2 comments:

Steph Bowe said...

okay, so this is totally irrelevant to your post, but... yay! another aussie teen YA book blogger!

looking forward to reading more of your posts :)

Tina (Book Couture) said...

Aww, thank you! So true...we are rare.

But you're an Aussie teen author, and highly respected YA book blogger, so I feel honoured that you're here!

Tina

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