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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.
Typically, with the kind of text we are working with in Photoshop, using our alignment guides is very helpful. In the case of this fictional web banner, I've got various different elements of type and I want to align them relative to each other. Now, there are several things that I can bring to bear when doing this, not least of which are my eyes. So, you would sort of trust what you see really. I am just going to choose the individual layers and move them around, so that I can position one piece of type relative to another piece of type.
But what might help me in doing that is using my Smart Guides. I can come to the View menu and choose Show > Smart Guides. Now, when I drag this element around, we will get the Smart Guides kick in. You see that pink guide along the baseline, also along the right-hand side as well, indicating that I am now sharing the baseline of the word DESIGN. And if I drag it up to GRAPHIC here, we get another one of those guides kick in. So, that might be useful when you need to align one element relative to another, and we can also draw our own custom guides.
So, let's say that I have got this positioned here. I like that, but I would like the width to be suggested by some other element that's already in the composition. So, I am going to draw myself a guide to the left-hand edge of the I, and I would like that to also be the left-hand edge of the C. So with that guide drawn, I can now press Command+T to select my conference text, hold down my Shift key, and come and grab the bottom left-hand handle and just size that into position according to that guide. Then press Return.
You can also, when creating guides, come to the View menu and choose New Guide, and this gives you the option of placing a guide at a specific location. But it tends to be that you want to draw guides relative to something that's already a part of your composition. So I don't find myself using that option too much. The point I'm making here is that we can use Smart Guides. We can draw our own custom guides to help us position things relative to other things that are part of the composition. Once the guide is there, if you want to get rid of them, you can come to the View menu and choose Clear Guides, or you can come to the Show menu and uncheck that so that they remain, but you just don't see them.
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