Join Deke McClelland for an in-depth discussion in this video The new, eagerly awaited Glyphs panel, part of Photoshop: 2015 Creative Cloud Updates.
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- Like InDesign and Illustrator before it, Photoshop CC 2015 finally offers a Glyphs panel. Which is exceedingly useful for hunting down special characters that you can't easily access from your keyboard. Now there's a couple of different ways to get to the Glyphs panel. One is to go up to the Window menu and choose Glyphs, or perhaps more easily, you can also go to the Type menu, choose Panels, and then choose Glyphs Panel. Now I want my panel to be freefloating, so I'll go ahead and drag the Glyphs tab away from this column of icons.
And then I'll drag the panel over to let's say right about there, so we can see the first line of type. I'm also gonna go ahead and increase the size of the panel, which you can do by dragging either these bottom corners, or you can drag the sides of the panel as well. Now I'm gonna select the first line of type by selecting the Type tool, which you can get by pressing the T key. Then I'll go ahead and double-click on that first line. And now notice that the font is set to the active font, which is Adobe Caslon Pro, but you can switch to any other font that's loaded on your system.
Now go ahead and scroll to the top of the list here. So then we can see that many of the characters have little black squares next to them. And that tells you that that character, such as the uppercase A, has alternates. So if you click and hold, you'll see a regular uppercase A, you'll see this special ornament, Caslon Pro has a lot of those, most fonts don't. And then you'll see this small cap. And if you select any one of these characters, then it's gonna replace the highlighted text. Another way to bring up that pop-up menu of characters, in addition to clicking and holding, is to Alt + click.
Or on a Mac, Option + click on a character. And in the case of the lowercase M, we have a standard lowercase, we have a small cap, we've got an ornament, and we've got this guy, which is a superscripted lowercase M. Now what I love about this panel is you can just pore through all the characters that exist in a specific font. So, in other words, the list is gonna vary from one font to the next. In the case of Adobe Caslon Pro, for example, we have tons of accented characters, all kinds of punctuation, and ornaments, and so forth.
But we don't have non-Latin character set. So some fonts are gonna give you not only Latin characters, but Greek, Cyrillic, and other alphabets as well. Now you'll also see that a lot of the characters do not offer alternatives. They don't have little black dots. And if you want to enter one of them, such as this dagger right here, you just go ahead and double-click on a character. You can also double-click on any of the ones that have alternates. For example, if I double-click on the uppercase W, then I add an uppercase W to my text.
Down here, we've got what Adobe calls the vulgar fractions. There's nothing lewd about them, they're just common fractions, such as 1/8. We'll go ahead and double-click on it to add it. Well let's say you want to create a less standard fraction, such as, say, 8/9. Well I'll go ahead and select this text right here and press the Backspace key to get rid of it. Just so we have a little more room to work. And then I'll click after the 8, and notice the numbers right here, they all have alternates, so if I click and hold on the 8 I see a bunch of big 8s then I see these four little 8s in a row right there.
The first little 8 is a superscript, the next one is a subscript, then we've got a numerator, which is the top number in a fraction, followed by the denominator, which is the bottom number. I don't want the super- and subscript, so I'll get rid of them. And now I'll select the second 8 and I'll replace it with a 9, and I'll do so by Alt + clicking or Option + clicking on the 9, like so. And then I'll choose that final small number, in order to add the denominator. Now for the slash, you might think you just enter a standard slash character like so.
But that's not how you build fractions. Go ahead and get rid of that standard slash, and then locate this one right here. If you hover over it, notice that you're gonna see its name, which is FRACTION SLASH. So go ahead and double-click on that character to add it to the fraction. And then we have all these different arithmetic signs, which is not just a lowercase X, as well as divide and so on. Finally, you have these options down here in the lower left corner of the panel. The slider allows you to zoom the characters to larger sizes.
Notice that you're increasing the size of the cells as well. Or, by contrast, decreasing them. These little guys here, these little icons, allow you to decrease or increase the size of the characters without changing the size of their cells. And then finally in the upper left corner of the panel, we have this pop-up menu, which by default reads Entire Font. But you can filter the list as well. For example, if I just want to see punctuation, I can choose Punctuation from the menu, and then, for example, I can locate the en dash or the em dash, both of which have been very difficult to access in the past inside Photoshop, and just double-click on the character to add it.
And then notice as well, if I go ahead and select the letter M, for example, and I switch this option to Alternates for Selection, I'm just gonna see alternates for a lowercase M, and then I can select a different character to see alternates for it. And that's how you use the Glyphs panel to find any character available to a specific font. It's one of my favorite new features, and I think it's gonna be one of yours as well, here inside Photoshop CC 2015.
To start, Deke covers the June 2015 release of Photoshop CC. Tune in and learn how to apply multiply strokes, drop shadows, and other effects to a single layer; work with the new Glyphs panel; trade dynamically linked assets via the Library panel; create multiple artboards in a single document; and preview your designs directly on a mobile device.