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Wed, May 2, 2012 8:05 PM

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Photoshop CS6: Where is the text "Right to Left" button in the character window?

In CS5, there is a button to write a text dialog from right to left. Is it exist in CS6? 'Cuz I can't find it! It's usually in the "Character" window.

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10 y ago

Howdy Blue,

There are two different items which you might be referring to (see screenshot).



The first (in the red box) is alignment and is very similar to what you would have in Word. The second (in the aqua box) is directionality, such as right-to-left found in Arabic and Hebrew. This directionality feature was NOT in CS5 (except the Middle Eastern version).

To access the Middle Eastern functionality is CS6, you have to go to your Preferences and choose Type. Then, under Text Engine Options, choose Middle Eastern. You'll need to relaunch Photoshop for the change to take effect. Once PS is relaunched, click the Type menu and select Language Options > Middle Eastern Features. Now, you'll notice that your Character and Paragraph panels have lengthened with new icons to support these features.

Thanks,
David

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10 y ago

A big thank you for the very important tip :).
And you're right, I have the Middle Eastern version of Photoshop CS5.

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9 y ago

is it possible to activate the middle east features in Illustrator CS6?

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Hi Hani,

You must have the Middle Eastern version of Illustrator.  Their implementation is different than Photoshop's.

Thanks,
David

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8 y ago

Great instructions. Thanks. However, somehow my "Middle Eastern Features" is grayed out and I cannot select it.

Any ideas?

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Hi Kenn,

First, you have to be running CS6 or later to access Middle Eastern Features. Next, you have to change your text engine to support these features. You do this under Preferences > Type (or watch my video on the topic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfuw7...). If you're running CS6, then you will need to relaunch Photoshop and if you're running CC, then you can just create a new document. Now, from the Type menu, the option for Middle Eastern Features is accessible.

Thanks,
David

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thanks for the video dude

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7 y ago

Mine txt direction keeps reverting back to default. Which in my version is right to left. I followed all your steps. I need left to right

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Hi Sven,

In order to see text directionality, you must have the Middle Eastern/South Asian text composer active.  Then, activate Middle Eastern features and the control will appear in the Character Panel (shown above).  Now, when you reset it, it will apply from that point forward, so you can set to Left2Right and then change to the European composer and it will stay that way.

Thanks,
David

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My txt direction keeps reverting back to default. Which in my version is right to left. I followed all your steps. I need left to right
I tried your instruction above and keeps reverting to RTL which is very very annoying (i have CS6)
can you help please ?
thank you

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6 y ago

My txt direction keeps reverting back to default. Which in my version is right to left. I followed all your steps. I need left to right
I tried your instruction above and keeps reverting to RTL which is very very annoying (i have CS6)
can you help please ?
thank you

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Howdy Anthony,

What version of CS6 are you running.  It should only revert to R2L if you're running one of the MENA versions.  Otherwise, it should revert to L2R.

In any event, if you're getting the wrong text flow direction, then 1) enable the MENA composer and then 2) click Type > Language Options > Middle Eastern Features.  Now the controls will reappear in your Paragraph panel and you can switch them.

Hope that helps.  Please ping us if it doesn't.

Thanks,
David

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Hello, my problem is the default. I can switch from R2L to L2R but every new text will switch back to R2L. 99% my text are L2R, and it is a real pain to change again every 10 seconds.... i cannot find a way to change it as default to L2R....
thanks for guiding me.

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Hi Anthony,

Your default is based on your SKU -- if you have the US or UK version, then you will default to L2R and if you have North African English (or French), then you will defaul to R2L.

That said, when you change the default IT STAYS CHANGED unless you click something that changes it again.  I know, I've worked on MENA type since it's inception and that's the spec. Unless I'm playing with specific Japanese or Chinese features, I usually leave my personal versions of PS in Middle Eastern and South Asian with the defaults switched to L2R, cuz language support is my goal and that composer is far better.  Moreover, to make sure a bug didn't slip in, I just checked the latest version I have on this machine (admittedly, a little older since this is my personal laptop since I'm moonlighting while on vacation) and validated that once you switch your directionality, it stays switched until you click on type that goes the other way or you change it yourself.

Perhaps if you continue to have a problem, you can describe your workflow and we can come up with a solution for you.  Remember, in Photoshop, the application (usually) inherits the last state used of any tool.  So, if you set your flow to L2R, it WILL reset to R2L if you click into a text layer with that property.  But, it'll switch back when you click a L2R text layer.  In CS6, that setting is generally by document if you haven't faked the app out doing a multi-document drag-and-drop.

Hope that clears things ups,
David