how I put an accent on spanish letters using type tool

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I want to put an accent on an i using photoshop. How I do this
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Marta Beach

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David, Official Rep

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¡Hola, Marta!

¿Qué tal?

To write the above Spanish, I simply pressed the appropriate keys on my keyboard.  Photoshop behaves exactly the same way as this and most other applications.

For most setups, you will need to have a Spanish keyboard.  You do NOT need to change the physical hardware; a virtual keyboard works just fine.  Below are the steps you need to follow:


Click the Start Menu > Control Panel and then select "Change keyboards of other input methods".  A dialog box will appear with a button that says "Change keyboards..."   Click it.  In the Text Services and Input Languages dialog that follows, click "Add" and select the kind of Spanish keyboard you want, such as Argentina or Spain (Traditional Sort), and then click Ok.  You'll return to the previous dialog where you need to click Ok for each dialog until you've closed everything.

Now, at the bottom of your display in the lower-right-hand corner, you'll see two letters (usually EN, but you might have a different default).  When you click this EN (or ES or whatever), you can change between keyboard layouts.

To see what a given layout is, the easiest thing to do is enable the On-Screen Keyboard.  You can do this by clicking Start > All Programs > Accessories > Ease of Access > On-Screen Keyboard.  In most versions of Windows, there will be a lag between when the keyboard appears and when it correctly represents the language you've selected.  Also, please note that on Windows, this setting is per window -- otherwise, the default (usually English) applies.


Click the System Preferences icon and then Keyboards.  Choose Input Sources.  In some versions of the OS, the languages will already appear, but in OS 10 you'll need to select each one (lame, Apple!).  You can do this by clicking the + at the bottom left of the screen.  Find Spanish and the layout you'd like and click Add.

Now, at the top right of your screen you'll see either a little flag (American is default for English OSes) or U.S.  Click this icon to switch between the keyboards you've set up.  

To see what a given layout is, the easiest thing to do is enable Keyboard Viewer.  In older versions of Mac OS, this is on by default and selectable from the flag-icon menu.  In OS 10, however, you'll need to go back to System Preferences > Keyboards and click the bottom-most checkbox to enable it (again, lame, Apple!).

Hopefully this should set you right up.  Photoshop can actually handle automatically all language with Latin-like letters as well as Cyrillic, Greek, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean.  For Arabic, Hebrew, and Indic languages, you will need to change your text composer under Preferences > Text.

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Super helpful and I agree with you about the "lame, Apple" comments...jeeez.