Of the Adobe programs, InDesign support the most OT features at this point, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop support some OT features, but not all. Quark XPress 2016 also supports a broad range of OT features, an overview can be found here.

For use in Photoshop, I recommend laying out your text in InDesign or Illustrator and then copy and paste it. Most OT Features can be accessed in the Adobe programs via the little arrow in the right upper corner of the Character Panel (accessible via Type > Character).

You can also select single glyphs from the Glyphs panel (Type > Glyphs). You‘ll be able to view all the available glyphs in the font from there. To insert any glyph into your text, double click on it. You can also order the alternates or filter them to only display a certain selection.

How to access OpenType features

Ligatures:

InDesign: Character Panel > Ligatures (on by default)

Photoshop: Character Panel > Open Type > Standard Ligatures (on by default)

Illustrator: Open Type Panel > Standard Ligatures (on by default)

Word: Format > Font > Advanced > Ligatures: Standard Only

QuarkXPress: Style > Character > Character Attributes

Discretionary Ligatures:

InDesign: Character Panel > OpenType > Discretionary Ligatures

Photoshop: Character Panel > Open Type > Discretionary Ligatures

Illustrator: Open Type Panel > Discretionary Ligatures

Word: Format > Font > Advanced > Ligatures: Historical and Discretionary

QuarkXPress: Style > Character > Character Attributes

Contextual Alternates:

InDesign: Character Panel > OpenType > Contextual Alternates

Photoshop: Character Panel > Open Type > Contextual Alternates (on by default)

Illustrator: Open Type Panel > Contextual Alternates (on by default)

Word: Format > Font > Advanced > Ligatures: Standard and Contextual

QuarkXPress: Style > Character > Character Attributes

Swashes:

InDesign: Character Panel > OpenType > Swash – or select via the Glyphs panel

Photoshop: Character Panel > Open Type > Swash

Illustrator: Open Type Panel > Swash

Word: through a stylistic set if included in the font:  Format > Font > Advanced > Stylistic sets

QuarkXPress: Style > Character > Character Attributes

Stylistic Sets:

InDesign: Character Panel > OpenType > Stylistic Sets

Photoshop: not supported

Illustrator: not supported

Word: if included in the font:  Format > Font > Advanced > Stylistic sets

Quark XPress 2016: Measurement palette > Home tab > OpenType button (“green O”) > Stylistic Sets

Ornaments:

InDesign: select via the Glyphs palette (or through a stylistic set if included in the font)

Photoshop: Character Panel > Open Type > Ornaments

Illustrator:  select via the Glyphs palette

Word: Insert > Symbol > Advanced Symbol

QuarkXPress: select via the Glyphs palette

 


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