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Four Free Dingbat Fonts

written by: Thursday Bram•edited by: Daniel P. McGoldrick•updated: 5/29/2009

Dingbat fonts actually use typefaces as a way to insert small images into your text. Rather than using letters in the typefaces, these fonts use images instead. Dingbat fonts vary from symbols to portraits--there's a dingbat font for almost any topic for which you have collected at least 26 images

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    Curses

    Curses
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    Curses

    If you want to go a step beyond comic book curses, check out Curses. It's full of symbols, from lighting bolts to skulls-and-cross-bones, perfect for getting that comic book feeling. Curses has a lot more style than holding down the shift key and running your fingers across the row of numbers on your keyboard as well. The images can be used individually, as well: if you need a stylized bomb to bring a little attention to an important part of your desktop publishing project, this dingbat font can provide.

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    DJ Autocar

    DJ Autocar
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    DJ Autocar

    DJ Autocar is filled with images of a variety of different cars, in black and white f. It includes Volkswagen Beetles right next to Corvettes and could provide accents for a wide variety of desktop publishing projects. If you're working on a project involving cars, DJ Autocar may be an ideal dingbat font for you to work with.

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    GeoBats

    GeoBats
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    GeoBats

    In the GeoBats dingbat font, you'll find the shapes of a long list of different geographical areas: there are U.S. states, U.S. regions, Canadian provinces, many (but not all) countries and even continents. Each shape is black, making it not suited for using as a map, but you can change the color just as you might change the color of text set in any font. This dingbat font makes use of the full character set: you'll likely need to take a look at the character map to navigate which state you want to place.

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    Passarela

    Passarela
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    Passarela

    The Passarela dingbat typeface is made up of silhouettes of men and women, which you can easily place in your projects. In addition to simple silhouettes, the font also includes outlines corresponding to each individual character. The images vary between a girl carrying a bag, a man walking and even a few couples standing together. While the samples appear fairly sizable, you can change the size of these images just by changing the font size — you could even use one of these silhouettes to punctuate a sentence.

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    More Dingbat Fonts

    Font sites like Dafont are home to literally thousands of dingbat typefaces. All you have to do is run a search for a font with the type of imagery you need, download it and install it as you would any other font. To make use of dingbats, you highlight text and select the dingbat font as the typeface — however, it can come in handy to keep a character map open so that you can easily find the exact picture you want without having to go through every letter in the alphabet.






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