Using Glyph Variants in Photoshop

FluxApparel's picture

Using a font with some nice glyphs but how do i insert glyph variants into photoshop? It seems there is no glyph palette, i can view all the available glyphs in the Mac 'character viewer' but when i go to select a glyph to insert such as an underline it just says - "The application you are currently using doesn't support glyph variants."

Any work arounds?

osamu's picture

Workaround: Open Illustrator or InDesign which do have glyph palettes, set your text there then cut and paste into PhotoShop. May also work with non-CS applications that provide similar access to a font's full set of glyphs.

Charles_borges_de_oliveira's picture

http://www.ergonis.com/products/popcharx/
This is a nice work around for those that cannot access the glyphs.
Hope this helps!

Thomas Phinney's picture

AFAIK, the ONLY way is to use Illustrator, get the right thing, and then copy and paste into Photoshop.

I don't think either PopChar or InDesign puts glyph variants on the clipboard in a way that Photoshop will understand them. At least, they didn't the last time I looked at the problem.

JamesM's picture

> I don't think ... InDesign puts glyph variants on
> the clipboard in a way that Photoshop will understand them

I can't say if it always works, but it's worked for me. I used the Glyphs palette to insert the characters into an InDesign document and then copied/pasted.

AzizMostafa's picture

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Thomas Phinney's picture

>> I don't think ... InDesign puts glyph variants on
>> the clipboard in a way that Photoshop will understand them

> I can't say if it always works, but it's worked for me. I used the Glyphs palette to insert
> the characters into an InDesign document and then copied/pasted.

The thread topic, and my reply, is about glyphs, not characters. You can get the characters (Unicode) from InDesign to Photoshop, but at least in CS6 glyph variant information is still NOT preserved from InDesign to Photoshop (I just tried it again), but IS preserved from Illustrator to Photoshop.

What does this mean? If you have an ornament that is encoded as an alternate of the bullet, but has no unique Unicode of its own, you can copy-paste it from Illustrator to Photoshop and get the desired ornament, but going from InDesign to Photoshop will revert it to a plain bullet. Similarly other OpenType-specific formatting.

Stephen Rapp's picture

The PopChar that Charles mentioned above will work only if the font in question has had encoding assigned to non unicode glyphs. In most cases you wouldn't know that unless you ask the font designer before purchasing it. That's why a lot of people find it easier to set type in Illustrator and paste it into Photoshop.

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