How can I identify what font was used in a Photoshop layer when the font is not installed on my computer?

So I created a layout for a website a while back and now am getting back to the project. The issue is I have a small logo designed and I am trying to recreate the logo at a much larger resolution.

The issue is I needed a spade (of hearts, spades, clubs, diamonds) for the logo and ended up using a text spade. It’s a special character (♠) and as such a lot of fonts don’t include it. So I am getting a little error in the list of layers:

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I feel like in the past whenever this happened I would click on it to select the layer the font drop down would show “[Font Name]” instead of “Font Name” where the square brackets would represent that the font wasn’t found — maybe I’m crazy but I feel like I’ve had that happen before. In this case the font is showing “Lucida Sans” which is a font that lacks the spade character.

When I try to edit the text I get this error:

"Editing or rendering the text layer "Spade" will cause its layout to change. Continue?"

… and when I click OK the spade disappears and shows that default Windows square for character not found.

Is there any way for me to figure out what font was originally used?


Target the text layer, then open the Character panel. The name of the font will appear in the “Font” field with square brackets around it, like this: [Times].

Source : Link , Question Author : Andrew G. Johnson , Answer Author : Alan Gilbertson

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