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The great thing about text on a type layer is that it's editable, so you can change anything about its appearance, or its content at any time. To make a change to an entire type layer, I don't have to select any text in the document. I will just go over to the Layers panel. I will select the type layer that I want -- in this case, the Spring has sprang layer -- and then I'll go over and select the Type tool. Now if I go up to the Options Bar for the Type tool, and make a change, that will affect all of the text on the selected layer. So, for example, if I go to the color field, and choose a color from the swatches, all the text on the selected layer changes color.
I will close this color picker by clicking in a blank area of the Options Bar. The same is true if I were to change the font size, or if I choose a different font altogether. I can even add a style to an entire layer of type using the Style option up here in the Options Bar. My type layer is still selected, and I will click this arrow to the right of the Style field to see a selection of bevels that I can apply to this layer. I usually just click through these until I see the one I like, and I can apply more than one style to the same layer.
There are more styles available under this double-pointed arrow over here. In the second section, I can choose to see Drop Shadows, or Inner Glows, or other styles. I will go with Drop Shadows, and I will select one of the Drop Shadow styles, and that's added to all the text on the selected type layer, in addition to that bevel that I added a moment ago. I will click in the Options bar to close the style picker. Sometimes I just want to make a change to selected words or letters. I can do that no matter which layer I am on by selecting the Type tool, and coming into the image, clicking right next to the letter or letters that I want to change, and dragging over them to highlight them.
Then I can make a change to style, or I can fix spelling, for example, like this. As always, I need to commit that change by going up to the Options bar, and clicking the green check mark. And if I want to make a similar change on another layer, again, I don't have to select the other layer, I can just come in, and click and drag over whatever letter I want to change, or restyle, and click the green check mark. And if I want to change an entire word, then I don't even have to click and drag over it; I can just double-click it, and that will select it.
Triple-clicking will select a whole line. I am going to click Cancel, because I really don't have another change there. I am going to select another layer in the Layers panel, because I want to show you what this icon does in the Options bar. This will switch type between Vertical and Horizontal Orientation. So I will click this icon, and the two lines of type on this layer are now vertical. I will get the Move tool, and move them back into the document, so that you can see that there is something a little odd about vertical text, and that is that the second line of vertical text always appears to the left of the first line.
So you need to plan ahead for that if you're going to use vertical type. To switch this back to horizontal text, I will get the Type tool again, and go up to the Options bar, and click that Orientation icon again. And then, once again, I will get the Move tool, and move my text into place. I am going to get the Type tool one more time, and I will select another layer -- The birdies is -- to show you one final feature up in the Options bar, and that is the Warp Text icon. When I click that icon, I get a Warp Text dialog box.
From here I can choose several different styles to apply to the text that will bend it, like the Arc style, or the Flag style, and then I can customize the style on that text, and then I will click OK. As we'll see in this chapter, there are other ways to make text bend. One of those is to type on a selection, which is the subject of the next movie.
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