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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image editing application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements 8, along with its companion program, Bridge CS4, to organize and edit photos, build projects like web galleries and photo collages, and share photos with family and friends. Jan dives deep into the application's editing tools, which rival those of the full product, Photoshop, in their ability to take snapshots and turn them into great photos. Exercise files accompany the course.
Text that's created with the Horizontal or Vertical Type tools in Photoshop Elements 8 is always editable, as long as the Type layer remains in the layers panel. You can change the Text Font, its Font Size, its Color or even the Text Content. In this file, this Howdy from Denver, Colorado text is located on this Type layer in the layers panel. To edit that text, I have to do two things. First, select this Type layer and second go to the toolbar and select either the Horizontal or Vertical Type tool.
I'll get the Horizontal Type tool. Now, I am going to go up to be Options bar for the Type tool and from the first field, I could choose a different font for this text. I am going to scroll all the way down, and I am going to choose Verdana, which is a font I like to use when I am preparing something for the web. From the Style field, I could change the Style, and Verdana only has a few styles. I'm going to choose the Bold Italic Verdana Style. Now I see the text is too big to fit in this talk bubble at this size, so I'll go to the Font Size field, and I'll make the text smaller, maybe 18 points.
From the Text-Alignment button, I can choose to align the text by its Center, by its Right side or by its Left side. And notice that all of those alignments take place from a baseline point that's right here next to the H at the beginning of the text. So that's why when I chose Right Align, the text moved out of the talk bubble. I could have left it at Right Align and then gotten the Move tool and moved it back in. But I'll leave it here at Left Align. I can change the space between these lines of text by going to the Leading field here, and choosing a number a little bit bigger than the Font Size.
I'll try 24 points, and you can see that there is now a little more space between the two lines. I can change the color of the text by going to the Color field here, and choosing another color, and then clicking in a blank area of the Options bar to close that dialog box. I can also select just one or two words or a few letters, and change the color of just that text. And I'll click off of that word, so that you can see that only the word 'Howdy' has now changed color.
From the next button, the Warp Text button, I can bend the shape of the text. In this dialog box, I can use one of the Preset Styles, like perhaps the Flag Style and then I can use the sliders to fine-tune that. So, I might bend this a little less, I might add a little bit of distortion in there, and then I'll click OK. With the next button, I can convert this Horizontal Text to Vertical like that or back, and finally, I could add a style to the text like a Drop Shadow, by clicking the arrow to the right of the Style field and choosing one of the Drop Shadows here, or going to the double- pointed arrow and choosing a different category of style, like Bevel, to change the available thumbnails.
I'll click in a blank area of the Options bar to close that dialog box, and finally I can change the actual content of this Type layer, by just clicking-and-dragging over one and more words or letters, and typing something else in its place. So I changed Denver to Boulder there. When I am all done making my changes to the Type, I have to go up the Options bar and click this Green checkmark to commit those changes. And as long as I save this file with layers in a format like Photoshop Document format that retains layers, I'll be able to come back at any time, and tweak any of these settings on this Editable Type layer.
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