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Photoshop Type Tool

Aug 17, 2012 10:56 PM

Windows 7; Photoshop 13 (CS6).


Sorry, quite new at Photoshop...


I am typing some text in a new layer; no problem so far.  I need to insert some special characters that are not on the keyboard, e.g.


That also was not a problem; I copied the character from the Windows Character Map.


Now I want to copy/paste more special characters from the Character Map, e.g.

(U+260F) or



Now all of a sudden this does not work; the pasted characters appear in Photoshop  as a boxed X.


The font I have been using was Arial, but when I pasted these Unicode characters, the font automatically changed to Myriad Pro.  Changing the font back to Arial does not alter the boxed X.


I took these Unicode characters from the Character Map using font Arial Unicode MS.  That font does not appear in Photoshop.



  1. are there any Unicode fonts available in Photoshop?
  2. is there any other way to paste such characters into Photoshop?


Thank you kindly for any suggestions.

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    Aug 18, 2012 12:30 AM   in reply to Pat Willener

    All Unicode fonts you have installed are available in Photoshop.


    The X is because the font you have chosen has no glyph for that character value.


    Some other programs will substitute another font when you enter a character that a font does not contain.


    You need to choose a font that contains the character you are entering.

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    Aug 19, 2012 12:32 AM   in reply to Pat Willener

    How did you test them? 

    In what other application?  (again, many, including most from Microsoft, lie about the available characters)

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    Aug 19, 2012 12:42 AM   in reply to Pat Willener

    Pat Willener wrote:


    I copied the character from the Windows Character Map.


    As Chris has indicated (with a rather unkind choice of words), the Windows character map shows extended characters from some other font if the one selected doesn't have a glyph for them.  At least that has been my experience. I would love to know if there is some handy tool out there to accurately display the actual glyphs in a font under Windows.

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