Khmer or Cambodian is the language spoken by the Khmer people. The Khmer language has about 15 million speakers. Khmer is written in Khmer script which now contains 33 consonants. In addition to Khmer, the script is also used to write Pali in Cambodia and Thailand. The history of Khmer script can data back to 611 AD, which is found at Angkor Borei, however, the modern script has some obvious differences with the script on old inscriptions. Different styles of writing may be used for different purposes in Khmer. For example, for titles and headlines, a calligraphy style called Âksâr mul, literally, round script, is used. For normal text in books or newspapers, an oblique style called Âksâr chriĕng is used. While in English or other languages, the oblique style may function as emphasis, it is not the case in Khmer. The Unicode range for basic Khmer is U+1780-U+17FF, for additional Khmer symbol is U+19EO-U+19FF.
To type Khmer without installing a Khmer keyboard, you can use a virtual Khmer keyboard, which allows you to type Khmer online by either clicking on the letters on the virtual Khmer keyboard or typing directly with your own keyboards. Then you can save your typing and copy text wherever you want.
However, to type Khmer using an online keyboard, you need Internet access and you have to copy and paste your Khmer text every time you finish typing. So it is apparently inefficient if you need to type Khmer on a regular basis. In this case, you will need to install a Khmer keyboard to type quickly and conveniently. But you will need to get familiar with the Khmer keyboard layout first. Khmer uses its own keyboard layout matched to the equivalent of its QWERTY counterpart but there are obvious differences due to the nature of language. For example, the shift key is used to switch between the two forms of consonants. Below is a typical Khmer keyboard layout.
To get familiar with the Khmer keyboard layout fast, it is suggested that you buy a keyboard or a keyboard sticker of Khmer, which has the Khmer keyboard layout printed on it and can be placed on the surface of your existing keyboard. However, whether you want to type with a keyboard or a keyboard sticker you need to first install the Khmer keyboard.
Create text-based images or logos with Khmer fonts
Below is a collection of Khmer fonts. The following tool will enable you to enter text in Khmer, and then it will convert your text into images using different fonts, colors, sizes based on your selection. You can then save the image by right clicking on it. You may either enter Khmer directly or copy from other sources and paste below.