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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.
Long after you've added Type layers to an image in the Full Edit workspace, you'll be able to come back into those Type layers and edit them. As long as you've saved the file in a format that retains layers like the .PSD format or the TIFF format. Remember that if you save a file as a jpg all of the layers are flattened, so you no longer will have Editable Type layers. If I want to make a change that will affect all of the text on a type layer, I first need to select that entire layer. There are a couple of ways to do that. One way is to go to the layer in the layers panel and double-click the T icon on that layer.
That selects the entire layer of type and adds this white highlight over the layer. The problem with this is that it kind of obscures the type and it changes the color in which the type appears. So I am going to cancel by going up to the options bar and clicking this red Cancel sign and show you another way to select an entire layer of type. Let's say that I'm working on another layer like the Background layer and I have a tool like the Brush tool selected and then I realize that I want to edit all of the type on a type layer. I will select the Horizontal or Vertical Type tool in the toolbar and then I'll go to the layer that contains that type, in this case the top layer and I'll click anywhere in a blank area of its bar.
Now it doesn't look like the type is selected because there's no highlight on it, but it is selected. So, if I go up to the options bar and I do something like change the font, all of the type on that layer automatically changes. I would like to work that way because that doesn't add that highlight that gets in the way. But if you're having trouble selecting a type layer this way you can always go back and double-click on the T icon. You're not limited to editing all of the type on a layer. You can edit just a couple of letters or a couple of words.
So let's say that I want to change the Style and the Color of the word 'silvery'. With the Type tool selected in the toolbar I click just to the right of the word and I'll drag over the word to select it. Now this time I do see the highlight, but that's how I have to select just part of a type layer. Now I'll go up to the options bar and say that I want this part of the type to be italic, I can go to these large T icons here and click on the italic icon and just that word will be italicized.
I can also go to the Font Color field here, click the arrow to the right of it and choose another color that will affect just the word silvery. I'll choose a blue there and then I'll click in the options bar to close the Color picker. Then I'll click the green check mark to accept those changes. Now I'm not limited to changing the characteristics of type, I can also change the content of type. So with the Type tool still selected in the toolbar, I can come into the image and I'll click and drag over the word 'Silvery' again and this time I'm going to change the content by typing another word in its place.
I'll type 'Blue' and then I'll go up to the options bar and I click the green check mark. Another way that I can edit Type is to change its shape and I'll do that with the Warp Text feature. I'll go down to the Colorado type layer and I'm going to double-click the T icon there to select the entire layer and then I'm going to go up to the options bar and I click on the Warp Text button that opens the Warp Text dialog box. Here I can choose a style from the dropdown Style menu. As I select different styles here the shape of the text changes.
I am going to select the Arc style. Now this bend in the text is too much for my taste. So I can tweak it by coming into the sliders here in the Warp Text dialog box. I click the Bend slider and I'll drag it over to the left a bit. So the bend in the text is more subtle. I can also change the horizontal orientation or the vertical orientation with these sliders. But I am going to put these sliders back to zero and I'll click OK. Finally, I'll go up to the options bar and I click the green check mark to commit that change.
So as you can see Type layers in the Full Edit workspace are really flexible. They allow you to come back and change your mind not only about type characteristics like the Font Style, the Font Size, the Font Color but you can also change the content of a type layer and you can even change its shape.
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