My love of heart fonts is certainly no secret! I’ve already written one blog post that goes over heart fonts, how to use them, and what some of my favorite heart fonts are, so I figured why not do a post with some fun ideas using these fonts? (Just as an aside, you can see my entire Heart Font Bundle at a glance in the first post!) The use of these types of fonts are on the rise, and since the demand seems to be there, font designers like me are paying close attention to what y’all want!
The heart symbols aren’t really “standard” features in the font, though, so I thought that it might be helpful for heart font lovers to learn a bit about how to access those features!
My Most Popular Hearts Font
If you’ve looked at my blog at all, you’ll know about my strange obsession & affection for my font, Autumn Love. Autumn Love, at the time of writing, is the only font I offer that includes heart connectors, which you can use in place of the space between letters. For that reason, I think it’s best to use this font again as we go over how to do the thing, whatever “the thing” may be for you! Personally, I think this font makes a great candidate for t-shirts, mugs, or invitations since the text is a fun, bouncy one & the hearts it uses are whimsical & fun, definitely helping to set the tone for a light & fun event.
Autumn Love is a pretty robust font – the download includes your standard upper and lowercase characters, as well as numbers, punctuation, and Western European Language Support. It’s also PUA-encoded. PUA stands for “private use area” and is essentially a fancy way of saying that each & every character – even the special ones – have a code attached to them which makes them easy to find whenever you use Character Map or FontBook, and access the extra features.
Those extra features, though, are where the fun begins! There are 132 alternate characters in this font, comprised of left and right swirly swashes, left and right heart swashes, heart connectors, and cute little heart icons dotting the lowercase i and j characters. I’ve also included some heart symbols as doodle elements. It also includes 11 ligatures – ligatures are combinations of letters that are automatically programmed together to look best. Take for example a word that has a double t in it – instead of two separate t characters that appear to have overlapping crossbars, the tt ligature shows up as one single character with a single crossbar for both! It’s up to the artist & their own personal style to include extra stuff like this!
Accessing the Heart Symbols
I highly recommend using Adobe CC software to access the heart symbols. It’s industry standard, as far as professional designers go, so many of you will already have this available to you! Adobe CC software makes it super easy – it’s really as simple as highlighting an individual character, viewing the options available, and selecting the option that fits best for you!
If you don’t have Illustrator or Photoshop available to you, or you’re running an older version than CC, there are other ways to get to those special characters! I mentioned Character Map (PC) and FontBook (Mac) before — and that’s exactly how you’ll get to those extra characters. You can reference my blog post on accessing OpenType features for a full explanation. In short, though, you’ll be able to search & sort through all characters included, make your selection, and then copy paste into the program you’re working in! This is applicable to basic programs such as Microsoft Word, or the Mac app Pages, or any program that you might be using on your computer. This is also how you’ll take your design from just ok and cute to absolutely wow in Cricut’s Design Space. (It’s unfortunate that Design Space doesn’t fully support OpenType features just yet, but hopefully, the developers will make this a feature soon!)
I mentioned that I’ve included some doodle heart symbols, as well. If you’re working in a program that supports OpenType features — meaning, Adobe CC products or other comparable software — you’ll be able to access these symbols easily!
With your ligatures turned on, you can type a few specific symbols, like @@ or $$$. Those characters will automatically be replaced with the heart doodles! I opted to program it this way out of convenience, because sometimes hunting down a symbol is a little tedious. (You can also search for these symbols in Character Map or FontBook, as well, and copy paste them into your chosen program.)
One thing that I love about these doodles is that they fit perfectly with the aesthetic of the font. Because they’re handdrawn, they have a more soft, handmade look & feel than you might find if you were to use something like a heart emoji or a heart icon in a mouse-made symbols font or icon set. There are solid and open versions for each one, as well! Don’t you just love that?!
What Would You Use a Heart Font For?
I personally think that there are limitless uses for a font like this, which is why I put together so many image examples when I listed this beauty for sale! Quote graphics on your Facebook page, Instagram or other social media accounts would be a great fit. Using it on ads or ad items would also be a great use – it’s very eye-catching, and the heart details give it a little extra something that your audience will appreciate!
Invitations + Menu Use
I also love the idea of using this font for a wedding invitation or a save the date – it already has heart text symbols in it, which makes it absolutely perfect for things that are love-related. If you’re the kinda gal who considers emoji use in these kinds of items, this style of font is definitely worth a look as your plans being to take shape.
Autumn Love would make a great choice to use on a food menu, too! How many times have you sat down to read a restaurant’s menu & it’s just the same, boring font that everyone uses everywhere? If you put your menu together with this font, it’s sure to be a conversational topic, too, which is always a good idea for meals.
T-Shirts + Craft Projects
This style also works well on a shirt design – Autumn Love does come perfectly paired with a sans, so it takes the guesswork out of choosing a second font to work with. Speaking of shirt designs, I’ve seen this font used quite a bit in the crafting world. It cuts really well on a Cricut machine – I even used it myself whenever I was making labels for my kitchen containers. (Insert a pic here of these)
Logos and branding are a given – I can’t help but try each of my fonts out in a logo mock-up because of where I started my design journey. If I’m happy with the result in a logo, I always think that my customers will be, as well!
Because Autumn Love is also quite legible, even at a smaller size, it would be great for websites, too, or even WordPress theme creation – it would look fantastic on header elements.
Check Out My Website For Even More Fonts
Whether you’re in the market for a single font, or a collection of awesome fonts, I’ve got you covered! Search through my shop to find the perfect fit for your next project – you can even test it before you purchase it!
Or, if you know you want a really fantastic deal – literally every single font I’ve ever released plus access to future releases for free – you can hop right over, and check out my Handlettered Font Bundle!