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Photoshop for Designers: Type Essentials

with Nigel French

Video: Welcome

Explains the fundamental concepts and techniques for working with type in Photoshop.
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  1. 1m 31s
    1. Welcome
    2. Using the exercise files
  2. 6m 12s
    1. The pros and cons of setting type in Photoshop
      1m 27s
    2. Exploring type anatomy and terminology
      1m 8s
    3. Setting type preferences
      3m 37s
  3. 34m 28s
    1. Interacting with type layers
      1m 53s
    2. Entering and selecting point type
      6m 27s
    3. Copying a type layer
      3m 6s
    4. Choosing fonts
      3m 15s
    5. Sizing type
      2m 20s
    6. Understanding pixel/point size and resolution
      1m 49s
    7. Entering and selecting paragraph type
      2m 42s
    8. Finding and replacing text
      2m 20s
    9. Spell-checking your type
    10. Converting point type to paragraph type and vice versa
      1m 23s
    11. Creating returns and non-breaking spaces in paragraph type
      1m 18s
    12. Entering glyphs and special characters
      4m 28s
    13. Applying anti-aliasing to type
      2m 32s
  4. 39m 35s
    1. Changing fonts across multiple layers
    2. Changing type color
      4m 5s
    3. Sampling color
      3m 19s
    4. Working with transparency
      1m 46s
    5. Applying a gradient
      4m 22s
    6. Setting leading
      3m 56s
    7. Tracking type
      3m 7s
    8. Kerning type
      3m 44s
    9. Using horizontal and vertical scale options
      1m 39s
    10. Using Baseline Shift
      2m 39s
    11. Casing and underlining options
      2m 36s
    12. Giving emphasis
    13. Using smart quotes
      1m 3s
    14. Working with OpenType fonts
      5m 9s
    15. Resetting the Character panel
  5. 28m 31s
    1. Aligning paragraphs left, right, and center
      2m 17s
    2. Setting justified paragraph alignment
      6m 1s
    3. Aligning type on an axis
      2m 51s
    4. Setting forced justified paragraph alignment
      3m 4s
    5. Evenly spacing type elements with unique lengths
      2m 29s
    6. Aligning type with guides and Smart Guides
      2m 20s
    7. Aligning type along a radial axis
      2m 32s
    8. Grouping layers
      1m 29s
    9. Adding space between paragraphs and paragraph indents
      2m 9s
    10. Creating a bulleted list
      1m 46s
    11. Setting the hanging punctuation option
    12. Resetting the Paragraph panel
  6. 9m 19s
    1. Using type mask tools
      3m 10s
    2. Creating masks from type layers
      2m 36s
    3. Masking with a clipping mask
      1m 41s
    4. Masking with Pattern Overlay
      1m 52s
  7. 37m 24s
    1. Setting type around a circle
      5m 55s
    2. Setting type along a pen path
      3m 42s
    3. Setting type around a shape
      4m 29s
    4. Create a work path from type
      5m 59s
    5. Rotating type with Free Transform
      1m 15s
    6. Working with vertical type
      1m 54s
    7. Working with stacked type
      1m 44s
    8. Transforming type using the Warp tool
      4m 9s
    9. Distorting type
      3m 50s
    10. Converting type to shape layers
      4m 27s
  8. 17s
    1. Final thoughts

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Photoshop for Designers: Type Essentials
Video duration: 0s 2h 37m Intermediate


For this installment of Photoshop for Designers, Nigel French explains the fundamentals of working with type in Photoshop, distinguishing when it is appropriate to set type in Photoshop rather than InDesign or Illustrator and what makes Photoshop unique for certain type treatments. This course demonstrates essential techniques, such as entering and editing text; interacting with type layers; and adjusting the color, transparency, character and paragraph formatting of type.

Topics include:
  • The pros and cons of setting type in Photoshop
  • Setting type preferences
  • Choosing fonts
  • Sizing type
  • Entering glyphs and special characters
  • Tracking and kerning type
  • Using Baseline Shift
  • Working with OpenType fonts
  • Justifying and aligning paragraphs
  • Masking type with clipping masks
  • Warping type
  • Converting type to shape layers


Hi! I am Nigel French. Welcome to Photoshop for Designers: Type Essentials. When we think of Photoshop, type isn't the first thing that comes to mind. The reality is, we often want to combine type with our imagery without having to open up other programs like InDesign or Illustrator. After going over some of type basics and terminology, we will move on to the essentials of setting type using the Character and Paragraph panels, as well as explore those lesser-used options, like working with OpenType fonts and modifying hyphenation and justification settings.

There will also be plenty of tips about what makes good-looking type, as well as advice on common pitfalls to avoid. After we have covered the fundamentals, we will move on to more advanced topics like masking type, putting type on a path, and getting quality results with the Warp options. Let's get started with Photoshop for Designers: Type Essentials.

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