I’ve been doing a lot of writing lately, and occasionally have need for unusual characters. Things like © ¢ ¼ ° all come in handy from time to time!
Not all fonts have these characters, but the good basic fonts that come with your computer will. Figuring out how to print them is another matter! Some of you may be familiar with the ALT+0169 (or ALT+ another number) keystroke shortcut, but in Photoshop that doesn’t work.
This is where the Character Map comes in!
- To see the Character Map on a Windows computer, go to:
Start> All Programs (or just Programs in XP)> Accessories> System Tools> Character Map
You’ll see a table with all the possible characters in it – this doesn’t mean the font you’re using will HAVE those characters, but you can try.
- Click on the character you’d like to add into your text.
- Click on the Select key to put it into the little box at the bottom.
- Click on Copy to save it to your clipboard.
- Now switch to your document, and press CTRL V to paste the character into your text. (In PS/PSE you will need to have the text tool active, and have already clicked to start a line of type)
- If you see a weird rectangle or other unidentifiable symbol, chances are your font does not support that character. That’s ok, just highlight the single character and change to a more basic font like Arial or Times New Roman. Then it should show.
I hope you find this helpful next time you’re scrapping a recipe and need to say “350°F” or “Lemonade 25¢”!