Emoji have become an integral part of our daily communication. Apple and Google have their own set of emoji and the list of emotions that you can express with them continue to expand. As of Windows 10, Microsoft has added an easier way to insert emoji in the form of an emoji panel. If you’e ever needed to insert a smiley face on a design project, you’ll be pleased to know you can insert emoji in Photoshop. In fact, you can insert them in any Adobe app that supports text input. Here’s how.

Insert Emoji In Photoshop

In order to insert emoji in Photoshop, you need to first activate the text input tool. Click the button with the T icon on it in the toolbox or, tap the T key to enter text input mode.

When the text input tool is active, you have the option to select the font and font size before you start typing text. These controls are located on the top customization bar. Click inside the font selection dropdown and type in ’emoji’. This will bring up the emoji font from the installed fonts. Select it. Once selected, an in-app panel will open listing all the emoji that are supported. You can scroll through the panel and view them all.

With the text input tool still active, drag out and draw a text box. Double-click the emoji you want to use to insert it. Like all other text, you can select an emoji and increase its size. For obvious reasons, you cannot change the color of an emoji.


You will find that if you add another text layer right after inserting an emoji, or if you change to a different font within the current text layer, the emoji you’ve inserted will disappear. This appears to be a limitation of the feature but it’s easy to work around.

Always keeps emoji on a separate text layer of their own. Don’t mix regular alphanumeric characters with emoji. When you need to insert a text layer after inserting an emoji layer, add a regular empty layer first before you activate the text input tool a second time. This will allow you to change the font without losing the emoji in your previous text input layer. You can delete the empty layer later.

Other Adobe Apps

If you want to insert emoji in other Adobe apps, for example in Illustrator, you will again need to activate the text input tool. It too will allow you to select a font. The font selection is key here. Enter the word emoji and it will find the emoji font, and open the emoji panel that you can then insert emoji from.

This ought to work on both macOS and Windows 10, and possibly also on Windows 7 and 8/8.1.