Guide to Swashes in Zazzle Editor

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See all the swashes available in Zazzle fonts, and their equivalent letter, to make your text look natural and awesome!

Introduction

I’ve recently jumped on the Zazzle bandwagon, and it’s been a blast! While I’ve been a die-hard fan of Redbubble in the past, I’m really enjoying the freedom that Zazzle provides, with it’s more fully featured editor. You can freely layer multiple image assets, add text, shapes, make elements into templates, etc.

Recently I’ve become smitten with the work of Pangga Designs, who make gorgeous monogrammed products, including this rose gold monogrammed planner:

I noticed that the calligraphy lettering used in this design has a really cool effect, of the lines coming out from the left and right of the word ‘madison’. What was this effect? How could I achieve it?

I looked at the ‘Personalise This Template‘ section of the webpage, where you can input the text to be used in the design, and it looked… odd!

See how in the box for ‘Name’, it contains the word madison, plus two unusual characters that look like a D and a D with a v over it. These characters are basically placeholders for the decorative lines!

I found out that these decorative lines are called ‘swashes‘, and are often packaged as their own font file. They can be accessed sometimes by your keyboard, or by entering special Unicode strings, or by coping the letters/symbols from elsewhere (like this article!)

Each symbol will produce a different swash instead of a letter. Swashes can include squiggly lines, arrows, doodles, and even smaller self-contained text elements.

I tried looking online and couldn’t find a guide for using these characters in Zazzle, so here I am today to help you all out by providing a masterpost of what each swash is, and what key/symbol to use to access it.

Sugar Plums Swashes

Sugar Plums is a beautiful calligraphy script font. The decorative elements are stored in a separate font, called Sugar Plums Swashes. This file is found in Zazzle’s list of All fonts, between ‘Sugar Plums’ and ‘Sugar Plums Italic’.

Simply copy the Letter in the table below that is next to the image you want to display, and paste it in Zazzle’s Edit Text box.

LetterImageType
aword and
bword and
ccurly line
dcurly line
earrow
fflowers
gcurly line
hword from
icurly line
jcurly line
karrow
lword to
mcurly line
nword and
ocurly line
pcurly line
qbranch leaves
rword the
scurly line leaves
tcurly line
uword with, curly line leaves
vword to, leaves
wword the, curly line
xcurly line, leaves
ybranch leaves
zbranch
A word and, leaves
B word and
C curly line
D curly line
E curly arrow
F flower
G curly line
H word and, leaves
I curly line
J curly line
K curly arrow
L word to, curly line
M curly line
N word the, leaves
O curly line
P curly line
Q branch leaves
R word and, leaves
S curly line, leaves
T curly line
U word with, curly line
V word from, leaves
W word the, leaves, straight line
X word for, curly line, leaves
Y curved line, branch leaves
Z curved line, branch
0 straight line, leaves
1 curly line
2 circle, leaves, frame
3 curly line, frame
4 curly line, leaves
5 curved line, circle, oval, leaves
6 circle, oval, leaves
7 curved line, circle, oval
8 curved line, circle, oval, leaves
9 straight line, leaves, flower

Blooming Elegant

Blooming Elegant is another calligraphy font. It doesn’t have many decorative swashes, but there are a couple of curved and curly horizontal lines. And there are several characters that have alternative appearances. You can incorporate these to make your text look more handwritten and natural.

When you add a text element and input the special character, it may look incorrect in the ‘Edit Text’ box. It may look like a tiny square with even tinier letters and numbers in it. That’s fine! Once you click the OK button, it will turn into the right character.

Another interesting thing to note is that the font will sometimes use the alternative version of a letter or letter pair automatically. For example, if I type in the word ‘Essence’, it will automatically use the alternative character for ‘ss’ letter pair.

LetterImageTypeUnicode
Alternative aU+E001
Alternative bU+E002
Alternative bU+E003
Alternative cU+E004
Alternative dU+E005
Alternative dU+E006
Alternative eU+E007
Alternative eU+E008
Alternative eeU+E009
LineU+E010
LineU+E011
LineU+E012
LineU+E013
LineU+E014
LineU+E015
LineU+E016
LineU+E017
LineU+E018
LineU+E019
LineU+E020
LineU+E021
Alternative fU+E022
Alternative gU+E023
Alternative hU+E024
Alternative iU+E025
Alternative jU+E026
Alternative kU+E027
Alternative lU+E028
Alternative lU+E029
Alternative lU+E030
Alternative llU+E031
Alternative mU+E032
Alternative nU+E033
Alternative nU+E034
Alternative nU+E035
Alternative oU+E036
Alternative ooU+E037
Alternative pU+E038
Alternative qU+E039
Alternative rU+E040
Alternative rU+E041
Alternative rU+E042
Alternative rrU+E043
Alternative sU+E044
Alternative sU+E045
Alternative sU+E046
Alternative sU+E047
Alternative ssU+E048
Alternative tU+E049
Alternative tU+E050
Alternative tU+E051
Alternative ttU+E052
Alternative uU+E053
Alternative vU+E054
Alternative wU+E055
Alternative xU+E056
Alternative yU+E057
Alternative zU+E058
Alternative ffU+FB00
Alternative fiU+FB01
Alternative flU+FB02

Some Word and Swash Combinations

Essence
summer
Mother
cutie

Before and After Adding Alt Characters

sun sand surf
u and srf

See how the use of alternative characters stops the repeating ‘s’ characters from looking repetitive. It makes it feel more like it was all handwritten.

Conclusion

I hope these reference images will help you make some excellent Zazzle products. It’s already helped me in my design efforts. I was able to make a modern 2022 planner design that I’m pretty proud of!

If you need some cute personalised gifts, check out my Zazzle store, JessicaAmberArtist.

And if there’s more Zazzle content you’d like to see on this blog, leave a comment below!

Peace, love and sunshine,

Handwritten calligraphy-style signature that says 'Jessica' with a heart dotting the i