If you've recently purchased a font you love that has awesome alternates, swashes or special characters and you use Photoshop Elements you might be wondering how to access those special features of your font.  Unfortunately there's no way to view those special characters in Photoshop Elements directly.  And believe it or not there's no glyph palette in Photoshop either.  There is one in Adobe Illustrator however and it's how I've always accessed those unique special characters.  Not everyone has Illustrator though so it can be really frustrating to have just purchased a new font that has tons of awesome special alternate characters to open it up in Elements and not see any of them.  There's still hope though.

Basically to view and use those special characters, glyphs etc you need to use your computers character viewer application.

In Windows:

Open Character Map by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type Character Map, and then, in the list of results, click Character Map.  Once opened you can select the font you want to view and be able to see those special characters.  Select the character you want, click select, click copy and then paste it into Photoshop Elements.

On Mac:

In a document, choose Edit > Special Characters. Or choose Show Character Viewer from the Input menu (looks like a flag or character) in the menu bar.

A Windows Alternative:

If you don't particularly like the included Character Map in Windows you might want to try out BabelMap which is a piece of software that has some more features and allows you to view a larger example of the special characters in the font you select.

babelmap screenshot

 

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