The question, “how to type assamese in photoshop” seems quite astonishing to me when asked in the context of discussion for Unicode assamese typing in computers. I have gone through this question so many times, in physical or in mail conversation; that I have decided to write a blog post on that topic.
Before start writing on the topic I would like to mention that the content of the post will strictly remain within the purview of assamese typing using Unicode, which is in accordance with the subject matter of the blog.
Is Unicode typing necessary?
I feel that most often I am being questioned regarding how to type assamese in photoshop because I am trying to make people learn about assamese typing through this blog. But the most important thing is that if you are willing to add some assamese text on a picture using photoshop then Unicode typing is not necessary. It may seem quite astonishing but is true. The reason behind why we switched to Unicode standard of typing is because using ASCII standard, assamese characters may not be made readable to the people online. It all depends on the configuration of the computer where the assamese content is being tried to be viewed. If the computer has the required fonts installed, then the person will be able to see the webpage properly. But if it is not installed, then the webpage will be sowing some broken characters and machine languages instead of assamese characters. You can refer to my post “Background of Unicode” for further elaboration. To avoid this, we started uploading contents to websites using image files. We write the assamese content(poetry, blog post, article, news item etc. ) on a picture and upload it to the net. Note that the assamese typing here is not in Unicode standard. After we upload the content to the net, it will be visible to everyone, but the content cannot be found out by search engines. This is because the search engines will search for words, phrases and sentences. But the text you have added to the image has become a part of the image file. It doesn’t have any separate existence as text, fonts, or words. That’s why Unicode typing is not necessary if you are trying to add text to a picture and upload it to net. May refer to my blog post “আমাক উনিক’ড কিয় লাগে আৰু ইয়াৰ দ্বাৰা আমি কি কি কৰিব পাৰো” for elaboration.
How to type assamese in photoshop using non Unicode software:
You may still want to use Unicode softwares such as “Baraha” etc. for typing in photoshop because it may feel cumbersome to some of you to keep two different assamese typing software in your computer. But here’s a problem. It seems photoshop doesn’t support Unicode typing. Look at the snapshot picture. Here I have tried to add some assamese text using “Baraha”. Here the fonts are shown somewhat correctly but most of the spelling has got distorted. I tried to write “এইটো এটা পৰীক্ষামুলক লিখনি” but what actually got written was something different. Firstly when I observed that the fonts are shown almost correctly and the spellings are also partially correct; it made me think that I am missing something. Something is wrong on my part. Then I tried some other methods. I used Baraha IME initially. Later I typed the line in Barahapad and copied and pasted in photoshop. Result remain unchanged. Typed in MS word; copied and pasted in photoshop. Result remained unchanged. I use photoshop CS5 version, which is fairly recent. If CS5 doesn’t understand Unicode, very faint chances are there that, other higher versions will be able to.
So, the answer to the question, how to type assamese in photoshop, is that, you need to use some non Unicode assamese typing software. Photoshop very well understand ASCII standard. The picture near, is the picture of something I typed using “LEAP
Office” and pasted it on the picture using photoshop. The content is something which I uploaded to my website www.leisuretask.com earlier. Later, when I come to know about Unicode, I re-designed the website using Unicode standard. I removed this picture content and uploaded in Unicode standard content. It is still available here: http://www.leisuretask.com/?q=node/10.
As image content, it used to look somewhat like this : http://www.leisuretask.com/ajorir%20bikhoye_earlier.html