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An easy way is to use something like Word and paste into Photoshop. Or something I do with just a word or two, like cafe, is type it into Google, which invariably comes back with the accented word (Café) that I can paste into Photoshop.
Another way is to use the OS Character Map. If using Windows 7 go to the start button and start typing Character Map from where you can ccopy and paste into Photoshop
Macintosh or Windows?
Trevor, copying and pasting accented characters is simply unacceptably slow and cumbersome—in any language.
In Windows, you can use the US-International keyboard layout, a software French keyboard layout, or any other foreign-language keyboard layout regardless of the physical keyboard you use, and switch keyboard layouts on the fly. Just search for "US-International" in Windows "Help".
On the Mac we have a similar but easier way of switching keyboard layouts through the Input menu on the Menu bar. Personally, I use custom keyboard layouts I created myself, so I can write in English, Spanish, German, Russian, Dutch, French, Italian and Portuguese—without resorting to codes, tables or charts, and with a minimum of on the-fly-switching, as only Russian requires a separate custom layout, while the other 7 are integrated into a single custom software keyboard layout I use most of the time.
You can also use google to convert measurements