To Insert Symbols and Characters in Photoshop.


  • Got to Tools Panel, Select Pen tool, look on top of the options panel or beside the Pen tool box, You will find a star like symbol, Choose it, Create a new layer and draw the desired symbol and select the path, Go to Edit->Fill & stroke, Choose the color & Weight of the line. That’s it
  • Or go to your Windows Start Menu -> Run and Type ‘charmap’. A window will open shoing all the characters exist in your system. Copy the desired symbol and paste in Photoshop or any of the Graphic software you want.

Best of Luck


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8 Responses to To Insert Symbols and Characters in Photoshop.

  1. You can select and insert a special character (such as an arrow, box, etc.) in Photoshop text as follows (I’m describing it for Microsoft Vista and Photoshop CS2):

    Go to All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Character Map
    Select desired font, select desired character, click Select box at bottom, click Copy box at bottom.

    Return to Photoshop text box, insert cursor to desired location in text box, click on Window > Character to get the Character Palette, select the same font you used to get the character, select Paste (Ctrl+V).

    Caution: if you do not use the Character Palette to select the same font you used to choose the special character, you will get incorrect results. For example, choose an arrow character in Wingdings and paste it into a Photoshop Text Box, and if you have your font set to Times New Roman it will come out all wrong. Then use the Character Palette to change fonts from Wingdings to Wingdings2 to Wingdings3, and you will see how it changes.

  2. Q says:

    ♂ ♀ can i put this types on it

  3. Gus says:

    Just found this guide…thank you; I was wondering how to add those special characters.

  4. Shariar says:

    Hi! There is an Idea. Hope you will love. Follow the following.
    Windows’ “Start” >> “All Programs” >> “Accessories” >> “System Tools” >> “Character Map”
    and now select and copy your required character to paste in Photoshop!

  5. Pia Alicia-Pilar Mogollon says:

    hi I am using a mac. I can get the character but what i cannot figure out how to do is the fill and stroke, when i have the character layer active and the path selected fill and stroke are separate in edit and they are greyed out.

  6. wesley says:

    on mac you want the webdings font. Then star is shift-h open star is shift-i.

    if you want to see the keyboard viewer go to: system preferences: languages and text: Input sources and check the box on “keyboard and character viewer” . Then in the menubar you will have a new option for character viewer and keyboard viewer for finding future things for the font you have up.

  7. j says:

    thanks for your help

  8. Corina says:

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