Step by step guide on making unicode text emoticons.

How to Make Emoticons Like   (。◕ ‿ ◕。)   (⌐■_■)   ლ(ಠ益ಠლ)   ٩(๏̯๏)۶   ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ   (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

If you want to post those emoticons in your chat, twitter or facebook status, you can easily copy-paste them like any other text (Emoticons list). But what if you want to create emoticons like those by yourself?

Let’s say you want to make a smiley face like this (•‿•) but with arms and a little blush. To do that, open your preferred text editor (I used MS Word for this example), paste your base emoticon (•‿•) there, select all and set your font to Arial Unicode.


Now to add a little blush (we will use 0xFF61 symbol that looks like this 。 ) place your cursor where you want your blush to be and then type “FF61”.


Now press Alt-X (or Alt-C for some OS versions) and FF61 will be converted to the Unicode symbol.


Now you can make the right blush by yourself. You can also add arms:
٩ – 0669 , left arm.
۶ – 06F6 , right arm.


You can probably say “Well, that’s the same thing as just copy-pasting symbols”, and you’ll be right. But here is where the interesting stuff starts – combining symbols. This is a special type of symbols that can combine with other characters. Let’s say we want to add eyebrows to our smiley face. To do it, type 0301 after the left eye.


Now if you have your cursor between “1” and ‿, you can press Alt-X and make the eyebrow appear above the eye.


(if you are having problems getting this result, try different fonts for that line)

Same (with 0300 this time) on the right eye.


You can add many different symbols above and below, here is a short List of combining characters.

And the most interesting part about them – you can combine combining characters. Some of them go above/below each other, some use the same space. Experiment and try different combinations to add the details you want.

Using combining Unicode symbols you can make any kind of emoticons and text pictures:


ᄽὁȍ ̪ őὀᄿ


If you want more interesting base symbols, check out 15000 symbols and FileFormat Search.

PS: A little bit about using combining characters in text emoticons. There are “good” and “not so good” combining characters. “Good” ones look mostly the same in different fonts, while “not so good” ones may differ from font to font. The List of combining characters I linked above contains mostly “good” combining characters, while other lists:
mostly contain “not so good” and some of them even don’t want to combine with anything in some fonts.

However, you can use any of them – just check the emoticons after creation by pasting them into your browser (your e-mail answers, facebook status, twitter, search bar) and try different fonts in your text editor to see how they will look like. Don’t forget that different browsers use different fonts.

- Alexander "86com" Svechkaryov