How to Insert Special Text Characters in Photoshop CS 4

Written by kylie keeler
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When creating documents in Photoshop, you may encounter times when you need to insert a special character such as a trademark symbol or pound sign. Inserting these characters within a graphics program can be somewhat tricky, but it is possible. The easiest way to accomplish this is to combine Photoshop with your computer's Character Map program, which will allow you to copy and paste numerous symbols into your Photoshop document.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Windows 98 or higher

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  1. 1

    Click the Windows' "Start" button at the bottom left-hand corner of your computer screen.

  2. 2

    Click "All Programs" at the bottom of the pop-up menu that appears.

  3. 3

    Choose "Accessories" from the list of programs in the "All Programs" menu.

  4. 4

    Click "System Tools."

  5. 5

    Choose "Character Map" from the list of programs within the "System Tools" folder.

  6. 6

    Find the character you wish to use in the Character Map screen that appears and click it.

  7. 7

    Click the "Select" button in the right-hand bottom corner of the "Character Map" screen and click "Copy."

  8. 8

    Return to your Photoshop document and choose the Text tool from the toolbar. The Text tool features a large "T" as its icon.

  9. 9

    Click within your document near the area where you want to place the character.

  10. 10

    Paste the character into the document by clicking the Edit menu from the navigation toolbar at the top of the screen and selecting paste. You can also paste the character into the document by holding down the "Ctrl" and "V" keys simultaneously. This will place your special character into the document. Repeat this process for any other special characters you wish to insert.

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