Tips and Tricks for Using Icons

I bet there's at least one tip in here you may not have known

Free for all

BBCode icons

There is a small selection of BBCode icons available to all users. They are listed in the Codex and can be found in the Design Tag Reference. I find the checkboxes to be particularly useful.  
[] [c] [x] [r] [l] [+] [-]
 

Map Pin Icons

You can embed map pin icons!
The sizes do vary, and the text aligns to the middle when used in-line.  
[pin:flat_black_dragon]
[pin:yellow_exclamationmark] 
To search map pins, edit any map and then press Alt+enter. Copy the BBCode by pressing on the little clipboard next to the icon of your choice and paste it into your editor.
Guide to BBCode Commands
Generic article | Feb 24, 2022

Using BBCode to format your text and layout

  Pathfinder and Genesis icons are also available to everyone through BBCode as demonstrated in the Codex above.
 

Unicode

You can also use some unicode characters! They can even be used ❤️ in the middle of sentences.   Emoji and newer unicode do not work. However, these do work (and bring a pop of color). Just copy and paste them into your editor!  
✍️ ❤️ Unicode 1.1
⁉️ Unicode 3.0
♻️ Unicode 3.2
⚠️ ☕ Unicode 4.0
⚔️ ⚒️ ⚓ Unicode 4.1
Unicode 5.0
Unicode 5.1
⛷️ ⛺ ⛈️ Unicode 5.2
  Unicode 6 and above do not work.  

Images as Icons

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You can also use images as icons. Any image will work, but simple ones will work best. You can make these or find some on Pixabay Set the size of the image fairly small. In this instance, I have it set to 50 px width, but you can adjust as you like. Notice how the text wraps around the image.
In this case, you'll want to avoid adding the image attribution to the File Manager and instead add a footnote or author note about the origin of the image.  
[img:2075743|left|70] [img:####|right|50] 
You can do either left or right and adjust the size as needed.
 

Tips for Font Awesome Icons - Guildmasters +

With access to sections, you can add Font Awesome and RPG Awesome icons directly to your articles. Here I've compiled some tips and tricks to get even more out of Font Awesome. Some of these abilities are outlined in the Codex article on Guild BBCode, but some are not.

   

Icon Styles

  Most Font Awesome icons come in different styles. This how you'd use a particular style:
[section:fa-solid fa-strawberry fa-3x] [/section]
[section:fa-regular fa-strawberry fa-3x] [/section]
[section:fa-light fa-strawberry fa-3x] [/section]
[section:fa-thin fa-strawberry fa-3x] [/section]
[section:fa-duotone fa-strawberry fa-3x] [/section]
 

Applying Color

Wrap your entire section with a color tag to change the color of your icon like so:
[color:maroon][section:fa-solid fa-strawberry fa-3x] [/section][/color]
 
Guide to Guild BBCode Commands
Generic article | Mar 11, 2022
 
For some reason, when having several icons as I have here, you may need to wrap them in paragraph tags [p] [/p] in order for them to appear together horizontally. I have no explanation, but this became especially important in the animation section below.
 

Sizing

Small, Regular, Large

 

  Want teeny tiny icons? You can size icons from xxsmall to xxlarge, which is the same size as 2x below.
[section:fa-solid fa-coffee fa-2xs] [/section]
[section:fa-solid fa-coffee fa-xs] [/section]
[section:fa-solid fa-coffee fa-sm] [/section]
[section:fa-solid fa-coffee] [/section]
[section:fa-solid fa-coffee fa-lg] [/section]
[section:fa-solid fa-coffee fa-xl] [/section]
[section:fa-solid fa-coffee fa-2xl] [/section]
 

Sizing to Scale

This is using the fa-2x, fa-3x... up to fa-10x. You've already seen this demonstrated above, but click the spoiler button below for examples and explicit instructions.  
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You can keep the regular size by not adding a sizing modifier, or you can adjust by multipliers. Here you see 1x --> 10x  

Simply add fa-2x, fa-3x...fa-10x inside the section BBCode. Note how the text aligns to the bottom of the icon (even this 10x) when using them in the same line/paragraph.

 
[section:fa-solid fa-coffee] [/section]
[section:fa-solid fa-coffee fa-2x] [/section]
[section:fa-solid fa-coffee fa-3x] [/section]
[section:fa-solid fa-coffee fa-4x] [/section]
[section:fa-solid fa-coffee fa-5x] [/section]
[section:fa-solid fa-coffee fa-6x] [/section]
[section:fa-solid fa-coffee fa-7x] [/section]
[section:fa-solid fa-coffee fa-8x] [/section]
[section:fa-solid fa-coffee fa-9x] [/section]
[section:fa-solid fa-coffee fa-10x] [/section]
  Font Awesome doc on Sizing
 

Rotations

Don't like the orientation of an icon? Flip it or rotate it!

  BBCode
Icon
BBCode
[color:#7d4cae][section:fa-light fa-coffee fa-2x] [/section][/color] 
[color:#7d4cae][section:fa-light fa-coffee fa-2x fa-flip-horizontal] [/section][/color] 
[color:#7d4cae][section:fa-light fa-coffee fa-2x fa-flip-vertical] [/section][/color] 
[color:#7d4cae][section:fa-light fa-coffee fa-2x fa-flip-both] [/section][/color]
[color:#7d4cae][section:fa-light fa-coffee fa-2x fa-rotate-180] [/section][/color] 
[color:#7d4cae][section:fa-light fa-coffee fa-2x fa-rotate-90] [/section][/color] 
[color:#7d4cae][section:fa-light fa-coffee fa-2x fa-rotate-270] [/section][/color]

 
  Font Awesome doc on Rotations  

Animations

  BBCode
Icon
BBCode
[section:fa-solid fa-heart fa-2x fa-beat] [/section] 
[section:fa-solid fa-heart fa-2x fa-fade] [/section] 
[section:fa-solid fa-heart fa-2x fa-beat-fade] [/section] 
[section:fa-solid fa-heart fa-2x fa-bounce] [/section] 
[section:fa-solid fa-heart fa-2x fa-flip] [/section] 
[section:fa-solid fa-heart fa-2x fa-shake] [/section] 
[section:fa-solid fa-heart fa-2x fa-spin] [/section] 
[section:fa-solid fa-heart fa-2x fa-spin fa-spin-reverse] [/section] 
[section:fa-solid fa-heart fa-2x fa-spin-pulse] [/section] 
[section:fa-solid fa-heart fa-2x fa-spin-pulse fa-spin-reverse] [/section] 
  You can still apply color here as well!
[color:orange][section:fas fa-2x fa-sun fa-spin] [/section][/color]
  Font Awesome doc on Animate  

Borders

You can add borders around your icon!  
[section:fa-solid fa-comment-music fa-2x fa-border] [/section]
On some themes, it will appear darker, thicker, etc. It can also be customized using CSS
.user-css .fa-border
Font Awesome article on borders and pulls    

Pulled Icons

I really wish I had figured this out sooner! Most the time I use icons in front of a paragraph to draw attention to an important part of the article, but am not really happy with how it extends above the text, and sometimes even crowds the first word, as you can see here.   Instead, you can use the pull command to get this to look less unruly (Time to go update some articles):  

Pull Left

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Donec egestas et risus quis mollis. Nullam nulla sem, sollicitudin vitae metus nec, semper vestibulum libero. Maecenas semper massa et massa ornare, nec luctus magna rutrum. Vivamus rhoncus lobortis ipsum, quis feugiat ipsum pharetra et. Etiam ipsum libero, faucibus sed varius a, scelerisque vitae dui.  

Pull Right

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Donec egestas et risus quis mollis. Nullam nulla sem, sollicitudin vitae metus nec, semper vestibulum libero. Maecenas semper massa et massa ornare, nec luctus magna rutrum. Vivamus rhoncus lobortis ipsum, quis feugiat ipsum pharetra et. Etiam ipsum libero, faucibus sed varius a, scelerisque vitae dui.
For reference, here's what it looks like when you shove an icon into a dropcap (ginormous):   Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Donec egestas et risus quis mollis. Nullam nulla sem, sollicitudin vitae metus nec, semper vestibulum libero. Maecenas semper massa et massa ornare, nec luctus magna rutrum. Vivamus rhoncus lobortis ipsum, quis feugiat ipsum pharetra et. Etiam ipsum libero, faucibus sed varius a, scelerisque vitae dui.   Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Donec egestas et risus quis mollis. Nullam nulla sem, sollicitudin vitae metus nec, semper vestibulum libero. Maecenas semper massa et massa ornare, nec luctus magna rutrum. Vivamus rhoncus lobortis ipsum, quis feugiat ipsum pharetra et. Etiam ipsum libero, faucibus sed varius a, scelerisque vitae dui.
 
BBCode
Pull Left
[section:fa-solid fa-comment-music fa-3x fa-pull-left fa-flip-horizontal] [/section]
Pull Right
[section:fa-solid fa-comment-music fa-3x fa-pull-right] [/section]
   

RPG Awesome Icons

RPG Awesome icons can be subjected to many of the same actions as demonstrated above. However, they cannot be animated.  
 
[section:ra ra-raven ra-3x] [/section]
[section:ra ra-raven ra-3x ra-flip-horizontal] [/section]
[section:ra ra-raven ra-2xs] [/section]
[section:ra ra-raven ra-3x ra-rotate-270] [/section]
  >>>Huge thanks to CraniumBeaver for that tip and for the CSS to adjust the borders:  
.user-css .ra-border { 
border: solid .7em #000;
border-radius: .35em;
padding: .3em; 
background: #E2340945; }
  Some of the Font Awesome articles linked throughout also detail further CSS customizations.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Donec egestas et risus quis mollis. Nullam nulla sem, sollicitudin vitae metus nec, semper vestibulum libero. Maecenas semper massa et massa ornare, nec luctus magna rutrum. Vivamus rhoncus lobortis ipsum, quis feugiat ipsum pharetra et.
 
[section:ra ra-raven ra-3x pull-left ra-border] [/section]
 

Variables

If you find yourself using certain icons often, you can create a variable, which will allow you to simply type the opening bracket [ plus 3 letters of whatever you've named that variable.   You can include not only the icon, but also the color. For instance, when I type [blo in my other world, I can select the blood variable, which is specific icon I frequently use in that world:  
 [color:#A2152D][section:ra ra-2x ra-water-drop] [/section][/color] 
  >>>Shout out to Graylion for reminding me about variables :)
 
Hand icon edited from: No Admittance by OpenIcons from Pixabay


Cover image: by hcraven using Font Awesome icons

Comments

Author's Notes

Thank you for reading!   Now you're ready to go wild with icons. Or, you know, use them sparingly for greater emphasis :)


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Forgemaster Dimitris
Dimitris Havlidis
11 Mar, 2022 06:35

Wonderful work sir :)

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6 May, 2022 04:56

Thank you :)

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11 Mar, 2022 07:21

Wow, I'm impressed, didn't know that you can rotate or animate fontawesome icons! Or the pull! Nor the map pins! Thank you for teaching me this! *goes to mess up with icons on articles*

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6 May, 2022 04:56

Thanks! I'm really happy with the pull

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
11 Mar, 2022 07:39

Thanks for that summary! I didn't realise we had some of those options :D I'm going to bookmark that article!

To see what I am up to, my latest article is a choose-your-own-adventure story featuring a job interview to become one of the Dark Lord's evil minions :D
6 May, 2022 04:57

Glad to help!

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11 Mar, 2022 08:57

Thanks! I was looking for something like this a while ago. And now I was able to go crazy and add way too many icons to my text about a certain god's huge arsenal of weapons. Yay!   For anyone interested to see what I did: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/amanor-craniumbeaver/a/galatea-article   Scroll all the way to the bottom of the article to see the icons. I used RPG Awesome.

11 Mar, 2022 09:59

PS. Again, for anyone interested, here's how to do resizing, pulling, and borders for RPG Awesome icons:   section:ra ra-raven ra-3x pull-left ra-border   And here's an example of how to use CSS to modify the default icon border for RPG Awesome icons:   .user-css .ra-border { border: solid .10em #4e1609; border-radius: .35em; padding: .3em; }   Hope this helps someone. Thanks again for the guide, hcraven!

11 Mar, 2022 15:02

Ooh, those borders do look nice! I didn't even try with the RPG Awesome icons. Thank you :)

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11 Mar, 2022 15:48

I hope you don't mind I added your tips to the article. I can adjust it if you do. Thanks again :)

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11 Mar, 2022 17:15

Oh, by all means, happy to help! I also realized that you add a background to icons. Simple example for RA below. Works nicely with borders!   .user-css .ra {background: #E1D2BF;}

11 Mar, 2022 10:39

This is a great guide for font/icons, thank you.


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6 May, 2022 04:57

Thank you :)

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11 Mar, 2022 12:05

Bookmarked! Definitely will find use for these lessons in the future, so I want to be able to find it with ease.

6 May, 2022 04:57

Awesome! Glad to help

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11 Mar, 2022 12:51

Thanks so much for the tips! I knew a lot of these, but not some of the more esoteric ones! I am now resisting the urge to go back and animate EVERYTHING!

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6 May, 2022 04:58

All the things!

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11 Mar, 2022 14:18

I didn't even know you could animate font awesome icons with just a little code....   Very helpful article, thanks for writing this!

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6 May, 2022 04:58

Thank you :)

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11 Mar, 2022 14:23

Thank you, this is such a helpful reference! Bookmarked!

6 May, 2022 04:58

Glad its helpful. Thanks!

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11 Mar, 2022 19:36

... I literally went from section to section going: "Huh, I didn't know you could do this." to "Wait, you can do this?! And this, too?!"   Thank you so much for the article and great summaries! :D


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6 May, 2022 04:59

Thank you for your comment :)

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11 Mar, 2022 20:42

I had no idea that 90% of these existed! I've been playing around with them for a while and found out that they work in the article titles, the toc (on both the homepage and in the world navigation sidebar, and the breadcrumb! These are so cool! Thanks!

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23 Apr, 2022 14:56

Ooh, thanks for letting us know!

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LexiCon (WordiGirl)
13 Mar, 2022 13:30

thanks for sharing tips!

Have an exuberantly blessed day!!!
6 May, 2022 05:00

thanks for your comment :)

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Sailing Ocelot
23 Apr, 2022 09:44

I love this article, thank you for taking the time to write it! I feel like I'll be experimenting with icons in the near future.

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6 May, 2022 05:00

Thank you s much :) Lots of experimenting possible

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