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Typing in Tamil in Adobe products and CorelDraw

VERY IMPORTANT - Please read the following first:


1. You can type in UNICODE in Adobe photoshop, Adobe InDesign, etc.
2. The first section hereunder titled "Non-Unicode input" talks only about typing in Non-Unicode fonts.
3. But, the second section hereunder titled 'Unicode input" does talk about typing in Unicode fonts.
4. So, kindly read both the sections hereunder. As such, kindly read this page fully till the end.
5. Particularly, please be informed always that IT IS POSSIBLE to type in Unicode in Adobe products.
6. I needed to highlight the above fact in such a conspicuous manner because even as of Nov 2017, I see that many users are not aware that it is possible to type in UNICODE in Adobe photoshop, InDesign, etc. Even if I inform them that it is possible and refer them to this page, they do not read this page fully (including the 'Unicode input' section) and thus still remain stubborn with their own misformed understanding regarding Unicode typing in Adobe products.

Typing in Tamil in Adobe Photoshop / PageMaker / InDesign, Corel's CorelDraw, etc.

Non-Unicode input

You can easily display/input Tamil characters in Photoshop, PageMaker, CorelDraw, etc. using Non-Unicode fonts. It is very very simple. You have two ways to do it. One way is to copy/paste Tamil characters from 'Azhagi' to Photoshop, PageMaker, etc. Another way is to directly type in Tamil in Photoshop, PageMaker, etc. using 'Azhagi+ (AzhagiPlus)' or 'Azhagi'.

Copy/Paste methodology

Typing 'directly' in Tamil in Photoshop, PageMaker, CorelDraw, etc.

  • For your information, it is possible to directly transliterate in non-unicode fonts (for e.g. SaiIndira) in Photoshop, PageMaker, etc. To do the same, please follow instructions given here for Azhagi. These instructions are actually for transliterating in MS-Word in Tscii (i.e. in Non-Unicode Tamil fonts like SaiIndira). But, you can apply these instructions suitably for typing in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe PageMaker, etc. too. Adopting a similar procedure, you can use Azhagi+ also to type in SaiIndira, TAB, TAM, Tscii, etc. For example, your steps to type in Photoshop (Indesign, etc.) can be on the following lines:

    • After starting Azhagi+, decide on the font (SaiIndira, Bamini, TamilBible, etc.) or the font encoding (Tscii, TAB, TAM, etc.) in which you want to type in Photoshop (Indesign, etc.).

    • For instance, if you decided to type in SaiIndira font, then choose SaiIndira or SaiEmbed or any other Tscii-encoded font from your Photoshop (Indesign, etc.) application's fonts list.

    • Press 'ALT+1' (default hotkey to type in SaiIndira) to start typing in Tamil as usual.

    • If you need different styles of fonts, please download all the 100s of Tscii, TAB, TAM, etc. free fonts from freefonts.html, install them and use them in your Photoshop (Indesign, etc.) application for typing in Tamil using Azhagi+.

    • If you need instructions in Tamil (தமிழில்), please see here and/or here



    • In case you are used to 'classic' Azhagi (which is a separate application and different from AzhagiPlus), then after downloading/installing 'Azhagi' from oper.html and starting it, untick 'Unicode input' under 'Preferences' menu of Azhagi. Alternatively, you can also right click Azhagi's system tray icon and untick 'Unicode input' (i.e. REMOVE the tick)**.

    • Once you have done the above, choose SaiIndira or SaiEmbed or any other Tscii-encoded font from your Photoshop (PageMaker, etc.) application's fonts list and press 'F10' to start typing in Tamil as usual. Photoshop (PageMaker, etc.) users have confrmed me that this works.

    • If you need different styles of fonts (other than the 'Sai' fonts), please download all the Tscii fonts from freefonts.html, install them and use them in your Photoshop application for typing in Tamil using Azhagi.

    • (**) To type in Unicode again in some other application, you have to tick 'Unicode input' option again.

  • Mostly users report that non-unicode typing works seamlessly in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign and Adobe PageMaker. Even very recently (June 2015), one user reported that non-unicode typing works perfectly in CorelDraw too if certain "AutoCorrect' options are unticked (for e.g. an option like 'Capitalize first letters of all words'). So, in effect, non-unicode typing works PERFECTLY WELL in all products of Adobe and also CorelDraw.

Unicode input

Old versions of Adobe do NOT provide full Unicode support. So, if some of the Tamil Unicode characters do not appear properly in Adobe PageMaker, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, etc., please understand that it is NOT due to any problem in Azhagi/Azhagi+ but because of a problem in the old Adobe products you are using. However, newer versions of InDesign, Photoshop, etc. do support Unicode typing FULLY. So, kindly read what is given below FULLY and thoroughly and act accordingly please.

Solutions

I do not have Adobe products or Corel's CorelDraw. So, following is based on information in net and users' feedback.
  • Adobe InDesign CS 5 (and below) does not support Unicode.

  • CorelDraw 12 supports Unicode.

  • CorelDraw X 3 supports Unicode - Please see this message by Mr. Muthuswamy in Azhagi's Facebook Group.

  • Adobe InDesign CS 6 supports Tamil Unicode fully (except for ஶ and it's variants). Please see user's mails (in Feb 2014) below in this connection.

    Mail 1:

    Dear Sri Vishy,

    adiyen dasan.

    ... .. . I installed Adobe InDesign CS 6 on learning that it supports Unicode. Actually immediately after installing I was able to create some documents with Unicode fonts ... .. . But for the past few weeks , I get the characters distorted when using Unicode fonts ... .. . Can you kindly guide me. In the attached PDF, the first line was typed with Vijaya Unicode font ... .. .

    Mail 2:

    ... .. . I myself found out the clue from InDesign help files.

    And that solved my problem.

    Thanks

    adiyen,
    dasan,
    T. Raguveeradayal
    C/O SRIRANGAM SRIMAD ANDAVAN ASHRAMAM,
    ... .. .

    Thanks a LOT to Sri. Raguveeradayal Sir for the above useful inputs.

  • Adobe PhotoShop supports Tamil Unicode fully (except perhaps ஶ and it's variants). Please see user's facebook comment (in May 2016) below in this connection.

    After I changed the "Preference" - "Type" - "Text Engine" to 'Middle Eastern and South Asian', now I am able to type directly in photoshop.

    Thanks a LOT to Mr. Vasantha Kumar Lasarianz for the above useful input.

  • Please read this blog post - techtamil.com/computer-tips-tricks-in-tamil/computer-tips/how-to-type-tamil-font-in-photoshop. The instructions given here may not always work for you. So, kindly read the information below.

  • There is a middle-eastern version of Photoshop which supports Unicode. I obtained that particular information from the internet (way back in 2010), which is as follows:

    • One of the complaints on Unicode is usually that Indic scripts are not supported for DTP in Adobe products. Adobe needs to pay attention to this as Unicode is recently announced as the eGov standard in India. Here is a solution that a French company called WinSoft is marketing. Has anyone used Adobe ME version and languages like Tamil, Hindi are working fine or not? "Use the Adobe Middle Eastern Version CS2,CS3,CS4, or coming CS5. It is supporting all Indic unicode version. The distributor of this version is Winsoft International ( http://www.winsoft-international.com ). Download the trial and check it out. It allows you to edit and work in one or several of the following languages at the same time: Arabic, Azeri, Bengali, Farsi, Georgian, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Kannada, Kazakh, Khmer/Cambodian, Lao, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Thai, Urdu, Vietnamese.

    • The following too states the same as above, I suppose (source: http://forums.adobe.com/message/2774631?tstart=0):
      Use the Adobe Middle Eastern Version CS2,CS3,CS4, or coming CS5. It does support all Indic unicode versions. The distributor of this version is Winsoft International (http://www.winsoft-international.com/). Download the trial and check it out. It allows you to edit and work in one or several of the following languages at the same time: Arabic, Azeri, Bengali, Farsi, Georgian, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Kannada, Kazakh, Khmer/Cambodian, Lao, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Thai, Urdu, Vietnamese.

Input in Hindi, Telugu, etc.

  • What I have written for Tamil above holds good for other Indian languages too, esp. if your fonts are Non-Unicode fonts. So, according to the font you use in your language (i.e. whether it is Unicode font or Non-Unicode font), adopt a similar strategy as in the case of Tamil.