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In Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training, Jan Kabili highlights the key features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. She shows how to correct and enhance photographs, and how to organize a growing collection of digital photos. The course also explains how to use photos in creative projects like photo books, calendars, and greeting cards, and how to share work online and in print. Exercise files accompany the course.
Here in the Full Edit workspace you can add Type to an image. The Type will come in on its own layer and you'll be able to come back and edit that layer at any time as long as you save the image in a format that retains layers like the .psd format. I'm going to click on this T icon in the toolbar and from the flyout menu, I'll select either the Horizontal Type tool to make horizontal type or the Vertical Type tool to make vertical type. I'll choose the Horizontal Type tool and then I'll come into the image and I'll click with the cursor which looks like an I-beam.
At that point the cursor will start blinking and that indicates that I can start typing. But before I do I'm going to come up to the options bar and make some choices about what kind of Font and Font Size and other font characteristics I want to use. I am going to click the arrow to the left of the first field and that opens this large menu that shows me all of the font choices that I have. You may have different fonts in your computer than I do so you can use any font that you like. I'm going to stick with the default font, Myriad Pro.
What I really like about this list is that it shows a sample of each one of the fonts, so that you can anticipate what the font is going to look like in your document. The next field is the Font Style field. Different fonts come with different styles and some may have none. The front I've chosen has all of these different styles. I'll choose the Italic style. If you happen to choose a font that doesn't have a style that you want, you can come over to this area where there is a faux Bold and a faux Italic style that you can use instead.
There is also an Underline style and a Strike Through style here. I am not going to use any of those right now but they often come in handy. Next I'll go to the Font Size field. By default, Font Size is measured in points. Initially, it's a guess as to which Font Size, so I usually go with the bigger font just to make sure that I'll be able to see it in the document because I can always edit it later. So I'm going to go down to about 36 pts in this case and notice that when I increased from the default of 12 pts to 36 pts, the height of my blinking cursor increased.
The next field is Anti-Aliasing. Anti-Aliasing is on by default for the Type tool and I usually leave it on. What Anti-Aliasing does is soften the edges of the letters a little bit so that they blend in better with any background. The only time that I'll disable Anti-Aliasing is if I'm creating very small type for a web site for example. I'm going to skip over these icons that I already mentioned to this menu. Here, I can choose how multiple lines of text will be aligned to each other. I am going to choose Left Align Text.
In the next field, I can set the leading or the space between lines of type. I usually leave this set to Auto initially because I can always edit the amount of leading between the lines of type later after I've created the type. In the next field I'll choose a color for my type. I want to be sure to choose a color that's going to show up against the background, certainly black is not that color. I click the arrow to the right of this field to open a Swatch picker and from here I can choose one of these preset colors or I could click on the More Colors button to open the Color picker and in this box I could choose whatever color I like.
I am going to click Cancel here and I'll just use a light yellow from the Swatches and then I'll click in the options bar to close the Swatch picker. The next field will allow me to warp the text, in other words to create text that's bent. I am not going to use that in this case. So I'll leave that icon disabled and the next icon would allow me to switch to Vertical Type if I changed my mind at this point, but I do want Horizontal Type, so I won't enable that icon either. Now that I've made all those choices, I'm ready to type.
So I am going to type by the light and then I'll press Return or Enter on my keyboard to start a new line of the silvery moon. Notice that there is still a line under the type. That's because I haven't committed the type. I can commit the type by choosing another tool or choosing another layer in the layers panel but the way I recommend doing it, just because it's easiest to remember is to go up to the options bar and click the green check mark and that removes the line from under the type.
Take a look at the layers panel and you'll see that I now have a brand-new layer with a big T on it because this is a special editable type layer and the layer is named automatically with the words that I typed. So if I have a lot of type layers I'll be able to tell which is which. Because this is now a separate layer I could get the Move tool and I'm going to uncheck Auto Select layer in the options bar which is what I recommend always doing with the Move tool. Then I can come into the image anywhere and click and drag and move those two lines of type together.
The bounding box that you see around the type is caused by the Move tool. As soon as I click to another tool, the bounding box disappears. So that kind of type is called Point Type. When you create more than one line of Point Type, you manually click the Return or Enter key on your keyboard to start the new line. The other kind of type is called Paragraph Type. Paragraph Type will automatically wrap from line to line to fit within the parameters of a bounding box that you create. To show you that, I'll go back and I'll select the Horizontal Type tool again, I'll move into the image and before I type anything I'm going to create a bounding box.
I am going to click and drag a little bit to the right and then vertically to make a tall thin bounding box. You can see the cursor blinking at the top left of the bounding box. So I'm going to begin to type. I'll type, by the light of the silvery moon. Now why can't you see all the type because it is bigger than the allotted space inside of this bounding box. I can always tell when I have more type than fits in the bounding box because the bottom right corner of the bounding box looks like a square with a cross inside of it.
Notice that the type did wrap inside the box. But because it doesn't fit, I am going to have to reshape the box. So before I commit the type by clicking the green check mark, I'm going to move my mouse over this corner anchor point and I'm going to drag down to make the box longer. Then I'll move my cursor over the anchor point on the right boundary of this box and when my cursor changes to a double pointed arrow I'll click and drag to the right. As I reshape the box, the text rewraps to fit the space. When I'm satisfied, I'll click the green check mark in the options bar and again I'll select the Move tool.
I will make sure that Auto Select layer is unchecked and I click anywhere in the image and drag that paragraph text where I what it. Then I'll click off the Move tool to make the bounding box disappear. So that's how to create Point Type and Paragraph Type here in the Full Edit workspace. In the next movie, I'll show you how you can edit type that you've already created.
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