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In addition to being able to create point or headline type, Photoshop can create area type. For the sake of time, we're going to select this note. Double-click on it and that will reveal the Notes panel. If you can't see the Note icon, simply go into the Window menu, and then choose Notes. In order to expand this panel and make it larger, I'll click and drag down on the little handle at the bottom. We can see that all of the text is automatically selected. But if you accidentally click in here, just click and swipe over the text to select it again.
We're going to use the keyboard shortcut Command+C to copy this text, and then we'll hide the Notes panel. I also want to hide this top layer on my Layers panel. We don't need that text anymore, because we're going to create the area type. Now, I'll tap the T key in order to select the Type tool and then click and drag where I want the area text to be constrained. When I release my cursor, Photoshop has built the text block for me. Photoshop has also put the text insertion point in the upper left-hand corner. So now we can use the keyboard shortcut Command+V or Ctrl+V to paste in our text.
If we want to make a change to the text, we'd use Command+A or Ctrl+A to select all of the text, and then we could make our changes to our characters using the options across the top. I'm going to make the font size a little bit smaller, moving down to 8 pt. I'm also going to show my Character and Paragraph panel by clicking on the Character icon right here. And let's change the amount of Leading down to, say, maybe 12 pts or so. Now, we can start making changes to our paragraph by clicking on the tab for our Paragraph panel.
You'll notice that I can quickly change the alignment of my paragraphs, as well as change the justification of the paragraphs. I can also change the margin, so I can indent the left- or right-hand side, and I can also do a first line indent if I just want to indent the first line of a paragraph. We can also add space between paragraphs by either clicking and dragging with our scrubby sliders, or we can click inside the text insertion area and then just type in the amount of space before or after a paragraph.
For now, I'll type in 0 and then hit Enter or Return. And you'll notice I actually have an extra space here between my two paragraphs, so I'm going to click inside the text block and then tap the Delete key just to close those up a bit. Now, before I start making additional changes, I want to zoom in to this area. So I'll use Command+Plus to zoom in and then I'll use the scrollbars to just scroll down and reposition that. I want to make sure that we can see the changes that we're going to make to the paragraphs.
Now, I'll select all of my text again, and then I'm going to choose to show Roman Hanging Punctuation. When I select that, you'll notice that the punctuation now visually is outside of my original text block, and Photoshop does that in order to make the entire text block look visually more appealing and a little bit more solid. In addition, I can change options like Justification and Hyphenation. If I'm working with a lot of text, I'll want to change from the Single-line Composer to the Every-line Composer.
This allows Photoshop to look at multiple lines within a paragraph in order to make the best decision on where to make the line break. This can help remove large gaps, or as they're sometimes called, rivers, in a paragraph of text. When you're finished, click on the Check icon to apply those changes, and there you have it, a quick introduction to paragraph or area type in Photoshop CS6.
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