Although there is no built-in feature in Photoshop that is dedicated to creating bullet points, you can add them in a variety of ways. Adding bullet points to your work in Photoshop can be very useful, especially if you’re producing materials that contain large bodies of text.
You can add bullet points in Photoshop by using the Type Tool in combination with this symbol • (which you can copy and paste into a text box), the letter L typed in the font Wingdings or the keyboard shortcuts Alt + 0 + 1 + 4 + 9 [Win] / Option + 8 [Mac].
In this article, we will discuss the following methods in more depth:
Before we begin, make sure that you have a document open to work in. To open an existing one, you can head to File > Open then select the file you want to open, and to create a new document, simply select File > New from the bar along the top of the screen before editing the settings in the window that comes up to customise the new file.
1: Use Keyboard Shortcuts
We will start with the most intuitive method. To begin, let’s choose the Type Tool. This can be done by clicking on the icon depicted below located in the toolbar down the left side of the screen, or by hitting the T button on your keyboard.
With the tool active, you can now click anywhere on the canvas to create a new text box! Once you have seen a new box and a typing cursor appear, you can go ahead and type in a new bullet point.
One way to do this is by using the keyboard shortcut Alt + 0 + 1 + 4 + 9 [Win], or Option + 8 [Mac]. Doing this will automatically add a bullet point to the text box in Photoshop!
To resize it or change the color, you can edit the settings in the bar near the top of the screen, as highlighted below.
2: Use the Font Wingdings
Another method that is perhaps less obvious is to use Wingdings, a special font which is automatically downloaded into Photoshop. Rather than causing the letters you type to be displayed, it replaces each letter with a designated symbol. And luckily, there’s one letter which can be typed to display a bullet point!
So, starting with a file already open, we’re going to select the Type Tool again, either by hitting the T key on the keyboard, or by clicking on the icon shown below, found down the toolbar at the left of the screen.
Now that the tool has been selected, you can click anywhere within the document to start typing. You should notice that once you have clicked to create a new text box, an options bar appears near the top of the screen. At the left of this is a dropdown menu that lets you choose a font.
Click on the arrow to the side of the current font name to pull up the different options in the menu. Then hover your mouse over the list and scroll down until you find the font entitled Wingdings (this will be located somewhere near the bottom of the list since it is ordered alphabetically).
After selecting this font, click back on the text box and type the letter ‘L’. And hopefully, you will see that it magically appears as a bullet point!
If you can find it, you can follow this article in order to install a new font.
3: Use the Windows Character Map or Copy and Paste a Symbol
Although the Character Map option is only available for Windows users, it allows you to essentially copy and paste a bullet point symbol directly into the text box.
If you want to save some time, then you can simply copy one of the following bullet points, and paste it into your text box:
For more symbols, you can check out the selection on this site.
Alternatively, you can find a symbol using the Windows Character Map. To begin with, find the taskbar and search ‘Character Map’.
Click on the result that comes up and select the character you want to use as a bullet point from the window that opens. After selecting it, click on the Copy button at the bottom right of the window.
Then, with the bullet point on your clipboard, simply head into Photoshop and paste the symbol into the text box using the Type Tool!
And that is everything you need to know about all the easiest methods you can use to add bullet points in Photoshop! If you want to find out more ways to add them, then check out this video by Pixel and Bracket which demonstrates a different technique.
Captivated by the digital world and particularly attracted by everything related to creativity, Martin is an amateur photographer and digital marketer who has more than 10 years of experience with Adobe Photoshop. Check his about page here
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