So I have Photoshop Elements 8.0. I don’t use it often, and I only really know the basic features of it. However, the other day I was trying trying to use a feature I thought I knew how to use fairly well, text fields, but I just couldn’t get it to work right. Why? Because I was trying to type in Arabic.
Apparently Photoshop text fields do not support Arabic scripts. If you type the words in directly, the letters do not connect. And if you copy and paste them from elsewhere, they rearrange and disconnect. This strange behavior is made more confusing by the fact that the font list actually contains several Arabic options. So why does it have Arabic font while you can’t even type Arabic script?
So I did a google search to figure out exactly how to type Arabic in Photoshop and I found these two templates for both Windows and Macintosh. The description explains it as an “Arabic text layer” but being a Photoshop novice, my question was “How do I use the Arabic text layer?”
After several attempts and multiple searches, I finally figured it out. So I thought I would share the process with any one else trying to figure out the same thing.
1. First, download the Arabic text layer and save it somewhere on your hard drive.
2. Open the template using Photoshop. You should see “مرحبا” written in big green letters. If you don’t have the image you want to edit open, go ahead and open that one as well.
3. Make sure you have the Arabic text template selected. In the far right, you should see the image layers listed out. Right click the text layer and select the “Duplicate Layer” option.
4. Select the image you would like to add the Arabic text to and click “OK”.
5. You can now move the text field around and edit it. And the Arabic looks just fine!
One cool thing I found in my search for how to type Arabic text in Photoshop was this list of Arabic paint brushes. Being the Photoshop novice I am, I didn’t even know there were additional paint brushes you could load into Photoshop. But these are so cool I just had to share them!
All you have to do is downlod the files to your harddrive, unzip them if need be, and then load them into Photoshop.
There are all different kinds and they are quite fun to play with. Cool, no?
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