Graphics: Special Characters in Photoshop

started by Jglenn123 on Jan 26, 2004 — RSS Feed

Jglenn123 Jglenn123
Posts: 4

I use Photoshop (ver 7) to create buttons for my web screens.  I now have to recreate some of my buttons in Spanish using special characters such as each vowel with an accent at the top, and an inverted exclamation point.  I can't for the life of me figure out how to do this easily in Photoshop.  Any suggestions?  Thanks.

Joe Gillespie Joe Gillespie
Posts: 528

No problem! You just have to type the appropriate Spanish characters.

You don't say if you are using Mac or Windows but on both systems there are keyboard helpers. On Windows, it's called  Character Map (in the AccessoriesSystems Tools Menu) on the Mac it is called KeyCaps (OS9) or Keyboard Viewer (OSX). Basically, it shows all the characters in any typeface and lets you copy them to the clipboard. It aslo tells you what key combination you can press to type the characters.

Typing such characters on Mac is relatively easy, it's usually just a matter of using the ALT key. On Windows, you have to type-in a sequence of keystrokes, something like ALT+0233 for (e grave). This all depends on the characters being available in the font you are using.

Jglenn123 Jglenn123
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Wow.  That was easy.  I feel so stupid for not thinking of something as simple as that!  I am using a PC, I tried the character map and YIPPEE!
Thanks for the quick response!

Jhewak Jhewak
Posts: 3

Windows character map is pretty crappy. You can barely see the characters. Is there an alternative?

Lauri Lauri
Posts: 6

In many fonts there are missing most of the "strange" letters. In estonian letters ,,, are used often and I usually change the font itself to type special characters.

Mountie Mountie
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jglenn123 said:
I use Photoshop (ver 7) to create buttons for my web screens.  I now have to recreate some of my buttons in Spanish using special characters such as each vowel with an accent at the top, and an inverted exclamation point.  I can't for the life of me figure out how to do this easily in Photoshop.  Any suggestions?  Thanks.



As others, I don't know if you're using Windows or Mac.  I know in Windows you can change the keyboard layout dynamically (from Keyboard in the Control Panel).  FWIW, I have mine set up to switch between US QWERTY and Hungarian 101-key layouts when I press Left Alt+Shift.  This ought to work in any Windows program, including Photoshop.

If you don't want to learn another keyboard to input Spanish, there is a US International keyboard available - to add accents, umlauts or tildes use a combination of ', ", ~, `, and the letter to use.  I.e., press, ', then a, and you'll get (á, a with a right-leaning accent).

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