A new addition with Version 5, our ligatures feature allows you to more easily insert icons into a documents text layer. Here's how to get around and use them.
Open a Document in Your Desktop App
After completing the steps in getting started, open a new or existing document in the Desktop app you want to use Font Awesome icons in. We'll use a new document in Sketch App(opens new window) for the walkthrough below.
Create a New Text Layer
However your app allows you, create a new layer or text block to insert text into.
Set the Font/Typeface to Font Awesome 5
Next, using your app's font/typeface selector, find and select "Font Awesome 5 Free" or "Font Awesome 5 Pro" as the one you want to use for the current text layer/block. Remember, if you want to insert a brand icon, choose the "Font Awesome 5 Brands" font/typeface.
Type the Icon's Name
Next, you're all set to reference the icon you want to use. Just start typing the icon's name and as you finish, our ligatures should convert the letters into the correct symbol. Geee, Mr. Wizard!
Don't worry if other icons (like
question) appear as you complete typing the text for the icon you want. Once you're done, our ligatures will honor the final word you've typed.
Font Awesome 5 comes in 3 styles/weights (plus our brands count as a fourth option). If you've installed all .otfs, you can change the weight of your text layer/block to switch between visual styles.
Stop! Demo Time!
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