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Adding Japanese Characters

and other font problems

The Question:
Japanese Characters
I try to add Japanese, Vietnamese characters to a layer/image but it does not work with the TYPE tool. I use these languages softwares for web, email, html and they work just fine. Is there a way, or how do I make it work with photoshop? Please advise. Thanks much! Nam - Photoshop 7, OS: Windows XP
Our reply to a question sent in by: Nam Ybarra
Ah, you've discovered one of the joys of Windows XP.
  1. Quit and close all running programs.
  2. First, find the location of the font which contains the characters you need.
  3. Open the control panel directly accessible through the START menu.
  4. Select "Copy Fonts" to Fonts Folder.
  5. If the fonts don't appear now, try restarting Windows.
Working with fonts
You need to be careful with fonts and Photoshop. Running too many fonts installed will cause not only slow-downs, but can cause some fonts not to show up at all.
   Additionally, any fonts not up to Adobe's standards may be kicked out of the queue because precision programs like Photoshop running on Postscript demand better fonts.
   Always be sure to set your Fonts menu to "Show Font Names in English" so that the program can use Chinese, Japanese and Korean fonts, and versions of Photoshop.
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