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Format characters

You can increase or decrease the spacing between characters in any text. You might want to do this, for example, to experiment with line length in text, or to make a title fit on a single line.

Another way to affect character spacing is to use ligatures, a decorative joining of two characters to form a single typographic character. You can use ligatures in your image if the font you’re using supports them.

Adjust the space between characters
  1. Choose the Type tool by doing one of the following:
    • Click in the Tools sidebar.
    • Choose Tools > Type (from the Tools menu at the top of your screen).
    • Press the T key on your keyboard.
  2. Select the text you want to change
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    To change all of the text in a text box, select the text box.

  3. Move the Character Spacing slider to adjust character spacing. Press and hold the Option ⌥ key before moving the slider to extend its range. You can also enter a value from -50% to 400%.
Make text subscript or superscript
  1. Choose the Type tool by doing one of the following:
    • Click in the Tools sidebar.
    • Choose Tools > Type (from the Tools menu at the top of your screen).
    • Press the T key on your keyboard.
  2. Select one or more characters you want to raise or lower.
  3. In the Tool Options pane, click the Font menu and choose Baseline > Subscript, or Baseline > Superscript.
  4. If you want to continue typing regular text right after the superscript or subscript, click directly after the superscript or subscript character, click the Font menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Default.
Raise and lower text without changing its size
  1. Choose the Type tool by doing one of the following:

    • Click in the Tools sidebar.
    • Choose Tools > Type (from the Tools menu at the top of your screen).
    • Press the T key on your keyboard.
  2. In the Tool Options pane, click the Font menu and choose Baseline > Raise, or Baseline > Lower.

Enter special characters and symbols

You can use the Character Viewer (shown below) to add special characters and symbols to text, such as math symbols, Latin characters, and pictographs.

Insert a special character or symbol

  1. Place the insertion point where you want the character to appear, then do one of the following:

    • Choose Edit > Emoji & Symbols (from the Edit menu at the top of the screen).
    • Press Control ⌃ + Command ⌘ + Space on your keyboard.


    The Character Viewer appears where you clicked. You can drag it to the desktop if you want to keep it open as you work.


  2. To locate a character, do any of the following:

    • Scroll to see more characters, or click the buttons at the bottom to jump to a category.
    • Scroll up, then type in the search field at the top (for example, type "fractions" to see available fractions, or type the Unicode name or code).
    • Scroll up, then click the button in the top-right corner to open the full Character Viewer.
  3. When you find the character, click it to insert it in the text.


    If the full Character Viewer is open on the desktop, you may need to double-click the character. The Character Viewer always opens in the state it was in when it was last closed. If it’s expanded and you want it to be in pop-up view the next time you open it, click the button in the top-right corner to close the expanded view.

For more information about using the Character Viewer, click the desktop to switch to the Finder, choose Help > Mac Help (from the Help menu at the top of your screen), then search for "character viewer."

Use the Fonts window for advanced typography

Certain fonts support advanced typographical features such as ligatures, alternate glyphs, old-style figures, and more. You can adjust these options using the Fonts window.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Font > Show Fonts (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click the Font menu and choose Show Fonts.
  2. Click the Action pop-up menu in the Fonts window and choose Typography.
  3. Select the text the text you want to change
. To change all of the text in a text box, select the text box.

    Note: To change individual glyphs, you must select the specific characters to be changed.

  4. Choose from the available options in the Typography window.

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