Photoshop CC includes support for East Asian, Middle Eastern, and South Asian languages. You can create documents using text from these languages. The additional Middle Eastern and South Asian composer provides correct word shaping for many non-Western scripts.

Supported Asian languages

The Middle Eastern and South Asian composer supports the following languages:

Indic Middle Eastern South East Asian*
  • Bengali
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Kannada
  • Malayalam
  • Marathi
  • Oriya
  • Punjabi
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Arabic
  • Hebrew
For details, see Arabic and Hebrew.
  • Thai
  • Sinhalese
  • Burmese 
  • Khmer
  • Lao

*Introduced in the October 2018 release of Photoshop CC (20.0)


Text features across Adobe applications do not necessarily have feature parity as each application can rely on different text engines. Additionally, text features can vary according to the primary usage of the application (image editing, page layout, illustration, and so on), so the preservation of formatting, style, and editability across applications can also vary according to the type treatments you choose to apply.

South Eastern Asian (SEA) languages or scripts are not currently supported on all Adobe products. Moving SEA text from an Adobe app that currently supports SEA scripts to an application that does not support them, will likely result in a loss of some or all of the text copy and formatting. In this case, note the following:

  • Image files may need to be flattened before moving from Photoshop to other applications.
  • Text files from Adobe Illustrator may need to be converted to outlines prior to usage in other applications.
  • Text conversions may result in a loss of editability when moved from one application to another.

Install relevant language and font packs (Windows)

To use these languages properly on Windows, you must install the Language and Font packs for the particular language you want to use.

For details, see Microsoft's Help documentation: Language Packs.

Create documents using Asian languages

To create a document using one of the South East Asian languages:

  1. Choose Edit Preferences Type.
  2. Under Choose Text Engine Options, select the Middle Eastern and South Asian option.
  3. Open a document.
  4. Create a Type layer.
  5. In the Character panel, set your Language to any of the new languages: Thai, Burmese, Lao, Sinhalese, or Khmer.
  6. Based on the language you select, set an appropriate font. For example, if you choose Thai language, set a Thai font such as Adobe Thai or Noto Sans Thai.
  7. Copy and paste the text composed in the language that you choose. If you have a language-specific keyboard set up, simply type the text.
Choose a preferred text engine option in Type preferences.
Choose a preferred text engine option in Type preferences.


You must select the correct and relevant layout, fonts, and language options (dictionary) for script composition to appear correctly.

Select a layout

In the flyout menu of the Paragraph panel, the layouts listed below are available: 

  • Middle Eastern and South Asian Layout
  • Latin and East Asian Layout
Choose a paragraph layout
Choose a paragraph layout

Select a language

In the Character panel, you can select a relevant language option from the Language drop-down list. This option is used to check hyphenation and spelling.


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