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Learning how to use Adobe Photoshop efficiently and effectively is the best way to get the most out of your pixels and create stunning imagery. Master the fundamentals of this program with Julieanne Kost, and discover how to achieve the results you want with Photoshop and its companion programs, Bridge and Camera Raw. This comprehensive course covers nondestructive editing techniques using layers, masking, adjustment layers, blend modes, and Smart Objects. Find out how to perform common editing tasks, including lens correction, cropping and straightening, color and tonal adjustments, noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, sharpening, and retouching. Julieanne also shows how to achieve more creative effects with filters, layer effects, illustrative type, and the Photomerge command for creating panoramas and composites.
In addition to being able to create point or headline type, Photoshop can create area type. Again, for the sake of time, we're going to use the text that I created and saved in this note. We can double click on the note, that will open it up in the Notes panel, and I want to use all of the texture so we will click and swipe to select it if it wasn't already selected. And use Cmd+C to copy that on a Mac or Ctrl+C to copy it on Windows. Now that it's copied to the clipboard, we can collapse the Notes panel and then, in the Layers panel, I'm going to hide this layer right over here, the text that says, somewhere out there is your sanity.
I'll do that by just clicking on the eye icon to toggle off the visibility. Now instead of just clicking with the Type tool I'm going to click and drag with the Type tool. And when you click and drag that defines the area that your type is going to be limited to. So when I use the keyboard shortcut Cmd+V or Ctrl+V on Windows and I paste all of that text in there. You can see that Photoshop automatically wraps the text. Now the text came in a little bit too large. So I'll select all of the text at once by using Cmd+A or Ctrl+A on Windows.
And then we can change the point size. I'll just change it down to 9 points for now. Let's go ahead and commit to that type by hitting command return. I want to zoom in to make sure that we can see what we're doing. So, I'll use Command Plus in order to zoom in. And then, I'll use the scroll bar in order to scoot down so that our text block is right here. Now, I know that I want to show my Paragraph panel, so I might also scoot over a little bit more to the left. In order to see the Paragraph panel I could select it by clicking on the icon.
The same icon that we access the Character panel. Because they're nested together I could then toggle to the Paragraph panel. There are a variety of different ways we can align our text. We can do center aligned or right aligned. We can also justify the text if we need to. And then we have a number of different options for adding indents on the left or right hand side, or even a first line indent. We can even add spacing before a paragraph, or after a paragraph. If I need to re-size the area tightwalk, I'll just click anywhere in the text and then position my cursor Over any of the anchor points, and when I click and drag, I'm redefining the area that I can place this text.
So, I'll go ahead and make it a little bit larger so that we can see all of the text, and then, tap Enter or Return. One of the things that I'm noticing as we're looking at this text is the extra line break. So, I'm also going to remove that by just clicking anywhere in this text area and then tapping the delete key. If I want to use some of the more advanced options with the Paragraph panel, I can access them through the fly-out menu. For example, if I want to enable the Roman Hanging Punctuation, we can see that this punctuation in my paragraphs will now extend outside of that area box. In addition, I can change things like justification and hyphenation options. And if I'm working with a lot of text and it's justified. I definitely want to select the Every Line Composer that enables photoshop to build a more solid looking text block.
And it can help avoid what is known as rivers or blocks of text where there are awkward breaks. Let's go ahead and close the Paragraph panel. And then, in order to add a Drop Shadow, instead of selecting it from the effects icon, I'm just going to take the effect from the type layer that's not visible. By clicking on the word affect and dragging it up to the visible type layer and now we remove that Drop Shadow from the other layer, but it doesn't matter, because we're not viewing it and we can see the Drop Shadow on our current layer.
And there you have it a quick introduction to paragraph or area type in Photoshop.
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