Using Special Character in Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator

Using Special Character in Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator

In this article we will show you how to install new fonts in Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator with step by step and easy for beginner

  • In Photoshop, the OpenType features can be found in the Character panel which is accessed via the Window menu. There are some handy shortcuts in the main panel (highlighted below) or you can access a list via the top right menu icon.
  • Illustrator is a little different to Photoshop, the OpenType features are not in the Character panel instead they have their own OpenType panel which can be accessed via the Window > Type menu. The example below shows Contextual Alternates with Circle Monogram Font and Stylistic Sets with Shoreditch 2.
  • First, you need to open the character window. The easiest way to do that is to hit command+T or alt+t on windows then select the “Opentype” tab on the window that pops up.
  • You can also go to Window>Type>Opentype
  • Standard ligatures – These are ones you see in most fonts, like ff ligatures.
  • Contextual alternates – which are used to connect letters together, like “in.”
  • Discretionary ligatures – less used ligatures more for added style rather than overall coherence, like st ligatures shown in the example, commonly seen in old-school serif fonts. They’re also used to connect characters, especially in script fonts.
  • Swashes – which are flourishes in a font used to add some spice, often at the beginning or end of words, especially in script fonts.
  • Stylistic Alts – which are for changing the form of an entire font, often with a double to a single story “a”, or switching out the overall look of most vowels in scripts. They can be expanded out into multiple stylistic sets.
  • Titling Alts – which add big swashes or a change in x-height to a character, making it stand out for titles. Following up you have a couple options for numerals, like ordinals for styling “1st” or “2nd” with superscript, and fractions which stack fractions properly.
  • Stylistic Sets or Stylesets.  These are full sets of extra characters that you can enable. They’ve become somewhat of a catch-all for special features. They are different selections of stylistic alts usually, either with multiple full character sets, or smaller changes broken out into a menu. Font makers can label each stylistic set, making it easier to tell what the stylistic set changes at a glance.

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