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Arabic letters not joining photoshop

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Ok, as far as i know Arabic letters should always be joined and for the site i'm working on, the letters definitely need to be joining. My Arabic HTML text is displaying the joint letters perfectly, but when I copy my Arabic text into Photoshop the Arabic letters are seperated.

I am copying the Arabic text from a spreadsheet of Arabic words my company got translated - the characters in the spreadsheet are also not joined.

I'm not sure if a special Arabic font is needed in order for photoshop to display these characters as joined or if i need Photoshop ME, but my normal version of photoshop seems to display the arabic characters fine. (JUST NOT JOINING THEM)

So just to recap my query is:
- Can photoshop display joined Arabic characters and if so how?
- Is an external (purchased) font needed for this?
- Is the only way around this using Photoshop ME

Thanks guys, any help here would be appreciated.
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Question by:framiemuller
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by:weed
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Sounds to me like your text tracking is just too wide. Shrink it up a bit in the characters palette and your letters should join up.
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Photoshop is unable to show Right To Left languages characters. You MUST use ME version. More even, some characters may change when you copy and paste to Photoshop ME. Thus, you must either correct them, or use some other programs. There is a software called Maryam, which is made to facilitate this copy and paste problems. This is an Iranian software.
 
Wish I can help
huji
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You should have Photoshop's "ME" version to write the Arabic properly or else if you do not have the ME version then the another way to get proper Arabic letters in photoshop is by using CorelDraw. The CorelDraw does support Arabic fonts so write your Arabic in CorelDraw, copy it and then paste it in photoshop. But you cannot edit these as text in Photoshop. To edit as text you need to have the "ME" version.

Hope this helps.
-Phud3.
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by:framiemuller
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Thanks!
That definitely points us on the right track for this problem that we keep putting off on our task list!
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