Is there any support for emoji in illustrator or photoshop, and if so how do I access it? If not, why and when can we make this happen.
I've found a bit of a workaround, hopefully this helps.
System Preferences > Keyboard > Check the box for "Show Keyboard & Character Viewers in menu bar" then close window.
Now on your top menu bar you will see an icon top right like this:
Select "Show Character Viewer" and in the viewer window that pops up you will see an 'Emoji' category, click there.
Then open text edit, and you can either copy and paste or drag and drop directly from the character viewer to the text edit doc.
Go to the File > Export as PDF
Now you can just open that PDF in Illustrator and get access to the emoji, it may not be super crisp but it's something!
Since emoji are full-color and Photoshop only recognizes gray-scale fonts, you cannot import the emoji as a font. However, in just a few easy steps, you can easily pull in any emoji.
- Paste the emoji that you desire into a Mac Text Editor window.
- Set the font to a very large size (288 point is in the font-size drop-down, but you can go higher).
- Save the file as a PDF document.
- In the Photoshop menu, select "File / Place"
- Select the PDF document that you just saved.
The emoji will come in very large. You can then downsize it to fit your needs. The image should be very sharp.
"Emoji" appears in recent Unicode fonts, but how they are rendered depends heavily on the application you are using.
"Full color" is only a very recent addition to fonts; in fact, there are only proposals so far. Photoshop (and all other, uh, serious software) will typically render the plain monochrome form.
Applications such as chat apps are specially programmed to recognize emoji in text and then display them as tiny bitmaps -- which may or may not be contained in the font file.
As to "when can we make this happen", you will have to wait for the programmers of aforementioned serious software. You could file a Feature Request at Adobe; unless you meant the "we" literally and you're up for a serious bit of programming.
To my knowledge there is no way to use the unicode emojis in Photoshop and i believe this is because each font would have to support emojis and furthermore it is uncommon to need emojis in your photoshop. If you really do need the emojis you can always download them in PNG/PSD format at a link like this: Emoji Collection.
I hope this has answered your question :)