Accessing font alternates in Photoshop

cdaniel's picture

I have Photoshop 7 and Win XP, but am not very experienced in PS. I just downloaded the Bickham Script Pro from Adobe. In Photoshop, I did some type in the regular characters, but I cannot find how to access the alternate characters for this font. Adobe wants $39.95 to answer the question, so I hope to get help here. The dropdown next to the right of the font box says "regular" and there are no other options to select.

Thomas Phinney's picture

Yes. I can't remember how many OpenType features were supported in Photoshop 7, though. Conveniently, the chart I put in the back of the Adobe OpenType User Guide covers this, and the user guide explains a lot about how these features work.

Currently found at:
<http://store.adobe.com/type/browser/pdfs/otguide.pdf>

Cheers,

T

cdaniel's picture

Hmmm, not seeing any little triangle in the upper right of the character palette. And, this link no longer works: http://store.adobe.com/type/browser/pdfs/otguide.pdf

Frank Jonen's picture

finally we got picture evidence that typophile is powered by Photoshop CS!

But seriously, why is the glyph window missing from Photoshop CS that is used in InDesign and Illustrator? What about the so praised application interface consistency of Adobe?

Thomas Phinney's picture

Dang cap-sensitive URLs. I copied and pasted it but it got transformed en route. Gah.

Frank: InDesign was the first Adobe application to have the glyph palette. Illustrator adopted it in CS. Perhaps Photoshop will grab it in the future.

T

karenhuang's picture

Is there really no way I can access Bickam Pro's alternate characters in Photoshop CS?

ralf h.'s picture

If the alternate characters have a Unicode value you can copy and paste them from Adobe Illustrator or the character palette of Windows (look for Private Use Area).

Ralf

karenhuang's picture

oh. I'm on os x but i'll try that with illustrator... PS should really address this.

twardoch's picture

On OS X, you can use the system Character Palette which works just like the Illustrator glyph palette. Only better in some areas :)

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paul d hunt's picture

what i want to know is why photoshop handles OT features so much differently from InDesign & Illustrator. When you switch on the "swash" feature in InD, you get swsh+cswh. In Photoshop you can't access the cswh feature. In InD the "discressionary ligatures" switches on dlig+hlig. In Photoshop you only get the dlig tag applied. this drives me batty. does anyone else have any additional pitfalls i should avoid when writing OT code where the Photoshop programmers were not on the same page as the InD team???

antiphrasis's picture

Paul,

I'm curious, is this CS1 or CS2?

twardoch's picture

Paul,

Photoshop and Illustrators programmers work in San Jose while InDesign programmers work in Seattle. So they never even get a chance to meet for lunch :)

If you look at Creative Suite 2, you will notice that the user interfaces of Photoshop and Illustrator look alike (e.g. the way the new WYSIWYG font menus were implemented) but InDesign's UI looks totally different.

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karenhuang's picture

Yep, I agree with Paul. I'm still on CS1 and OS X. And using the character palette does not allow me to past the glyph into Photoshop. There's a small note that says, "Current application does not support glyph variant."

Miss Tiffany's picture

Isn't that under the little triangle which is on the top-right corner of the character palette?

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