Working with glyphs and special characters in Photoshop

By Mike Jackson

Posted on Thursday, January 21st, 2021

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In this first video feature on, Mike Jackson takes you step-by-step through the process of using Photoshop functions that let you use type more effectively and take advantage of Photoshop’s type tools. The same functions work in Adobe Illustrator, too.

You’ll learn how to access the special characters, called glyphs, that are hidden inside many typefaces which will make your layouts more appealing and more professional. Ligatures, fractions, swashes, ornaments and more are at your fingertips if you know the simple steps to find and choose them. Many typefaces include a hundred or more such characters for use by professional designers.

In the video below, Mike explains where to find these characters and how to add them quickly to your layouts. You’ll see how to add a degree, trademark or copyright symbol—or a swashy letter when you need one. Script and decorative typefaces usually have loads of special characters that will add appeal to your designs.

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Mike and Darla Jackson operate Golden Studios in Loveland, Colorado, and do a variety of sign-related projects. Mike’s website is His email address is You can see more of Mike’s photos at and

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