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Use the Glyphs panel. Choose Type > Glyphs to open it. Choose the font that has the emojis in the menu at the bottom. Find the emoji you want and double-click to insert.
Recent glyphs are shown at the top to use them again. You can also use the menu to create sets of glyphs you want to use regularly.
Brilliant! Thanks so much.
I saw your answer about inserting emoji in InDesign by going through glyphs. That was great, and I got it to work. But now that I'm trying to export my document as a PDF, the emoji don't show... How do I get them to show on the pdf? Thanks!
What font are you using that has the emoji? Perhaps its a font that doesn't allow font embedding in a PDF?
I’m using it on a Mac with the Apple Color Emoji font. After I posted the question, I noticed that the emojis did show if I opened the pdf in Adobe Acrobat, but they don’t show in Apple’s Preview app - which is really odd because it’s Apple’s own font. (Yet Adobe embedded it, so I’m not sure which end is causing the issue.) I guess that still leaves it up in the air, since I’m not sure how the final destination (Amazon) will be processing the pdf.
Apple Preview is a horrible choice for viewing PDFs. Always has been and I suspect at this point, it always will be.
... I noticed that the emojis did show if I opened the pdf in Adobe Acrobat, but they don’t show in Apple’s Preview app - which is really odd because it’s Apple’s own font. (Yet Adobe embedded it, so I’m not sure which end is causing the issue.)
The standard for colored fonts is fairly new, and the ability to use colored fonts are only a very recent addition to the general Adobe software. Since the PDF file format is frozen, colored fonts do not end up as such in a PDF either. If you inspect a PDF with Acrobat Pro you will find that this
is not the usual selectable text at all (*) but just a series of vector images.
So, that cannot be the reason why Apple Preview has a problem with them! They are just that: images. I was secretly and somewhat optimistically hoping that they'd turn out to be "color font characters" after all (and then the conclusion would be that it doesn't work because Apple Preview Is Outdated Crap) -- but that turns out to not be the case.
A short answer: Apple Preview ought not have any problem with this.
But it is by far not a surprise, however, that this doesn't work. Preview has far worse problems.
(*) There may be invisible data underneath it, which can be copied. But that's cheating; the colored images themselves are not characters.