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Character (point) type


Photoshop CS5 Essential Training

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Video: Character (point) type

From time to time, you might need to add some text or type to a particular image, especially if you're mocking something up like a web site, or a postcard, or something you want to add some textual content. To do that, let's select the Text tool by pressing the letter T on the keyboard, and there are actually two different types of texts that you can create in Photoshop. There is something called Point Text and then something called Area Text. I am going to show you Point Text in this particular video. To do Point Text, you just simply click where you want your text to begin in your image, and that puts a cursor on a separate layer.
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  1. 6m 10s
    1. Welcome
      1m 47s
    2. What is Photoshop?
      2m 49s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 34s
  2. 28m 29s
    1. What is Adobe Bridge?
      1m 54s
    2. Getting photos from a camera
      3m 39s
    3. A tour of the different workspaces in Adobe Bridge
      4m 58s
    4. Customizing how thumbnails are displayed
      3m 35s
    5. Changing obscure camera file names with the Batch Rename command
      2m 36s
    6. Adding basic metadata to every image with metadata templates
      3m 36s
    7. Creating and applying keywords to images
      4m 6s
    8. Viewing images in Full Screen Preview mode
      4m 5s
  3. 23m 4s
    1. Using Review mode to filter out rejects
      5m 27s
    2. Protecting the keepers by saving them in collections
      3m 18s
    3. Rating images
      3m 15s
    4. Using the Filter panel to view different subsets
      4m 43s
    5. Viewing final choices in a slideshow
      2m 12s
    6. Organizing groups of images into stacks
      4m 9s
  4. 30m 50s
    1. Raw vs. JPEG files
      5m 13s
    2. Why you should start in Camera Raw instead of Photoshop
      5m 9s
    3. A tour of the Camera Raw user interface
      6m 44s
    4. Previewing before and after adjustments
      4m 2s
    5. Toggling onscreen Shadow/Highlight clipping warnings
      2m 37s
    6. Choosing output settings
      2m 45s
    7. Saving a copy without going to Photoshop
      4m 20s
  5. 41m 34s
    1. Eliminating red-eye with the Red Eye Removal tool
      1m 13s
    2. Improving composition with the non-destructive Crop tool
      3m 33s
    3. Correcting a rotated horizon line with the Straighten tool
      3m 5s
    4. Fixing color casts with the White Balance tool
      2m 13s
    5. Fixing blown-out highlights with Recovery
      2m 36s
    6. Revealing hidden shadow detail with Fill Light
      1m 47s
    7. Reducing distracting color noise with Noise Reduction
      5m 37s
    8. Removing color fringes with Chromatic Aberration
      2m 36s
    9. Sharpening the details
      8m 59s
    10. End to end: Taking a so-so photo and making it great
      9m 55s
  6. 39m 5s
    1. Fixing blown-out skies with the Graduated Filter tool
      4m 34s
    2. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Removal tool
      5m 41s
    3. Making local adjustments with the Adjustments Brush
      4m 28s
    4. Quick portrait retouching technique using Clarity
      4m 33s
    5. Converting to black and white
      3m 36s
    6. Editing images directly with the Targeted Adjustments tool
      4m 18s
    7. Easy sepia and split tone effects
      2m 35s
    8. Adding digital film grain texture effects
      2m 46s
    9. Adding vignettes and border effects
      2m 13s
    10. Saving variations within a single file with Snapshots
      4m 21s
  7. 15m 48s
    1. Copying settings from one file and pasting across another in Adobe Bridge
      3m 7s
    2. Processing multiple files in Camera Raw
      2m 28s
    3. Saving and using a library of Camera Raw presets
      5m 33s
    4. Using Image Processor to batch process multiple files
      4m 40s
  8. 30m 39s
    1. Opening files from Adobe Bridge
      3m 1s
    2. Opening files from Mini Bridge
      3m 28s
    3. Customizing the Mini Bridge panel
      2m 57s
    4. Changing Mini Bridge so it auto-collapses
      1m 20s
    5. The Application frame
      2m 16s
    6. The Application bar
      1m 16s
    7. Switching and saving workspaces
      4m 23s
    8. Panel management
      5m 31s
    9. Switching tools using the keyboard
      3m 18s
    10. Customizing the keyboard shortcuts
      3m 9s
  9. 16m 12s
    1. Tabbed documents
      2m 1s
    2. The Arrange Documents widget
      1m 38s
    3. How to stop Photoshop from tabbing documents
      3m 34s
    4. Pan and zoom
      5m 21s
    5. Cycling through the different screen modes
      3m 38s
  10. 36m 59s
    1. File formats
      13m 6s
    2. What resolution does your image need to be?
      10m 15s
    3. Resize vs. Resample
      9m 40s
    4. How big a print can you make with your image?
      3m 58s
  11. 42m 17s
    1. Crop options
      4m 12s
    2. Hide vs. Delete for the Crop tool
      3m 30s
    3. Bringing back hidden pixels with Reveal All
      1m 34s
    4. Making the canvas bigger with the Crop tool
      6m 1s
    5. Making the canvas bigger by a specific amount with Relative Canvas Size
      1m 39s
    6. Correcting perspective with the Crop tool
      3m 5s
    7. Straightening a crooked image
    8. Scaling, skewing, and rotating with Free Transform
      4m 12s
    9. Nondestructive transformations with Smart Objects
      4m 2s
    10. Warping images
      3m 40s
    11. Preserving the important elements with Content-Aware Scaling
      9m 32s
  12. 54m 42s
    1. The Background layer
      5m 14s
    2. Using a layer mask instead of deleting pixels
      4m 12s
    3. Loading multiple images into a single Photoshop document as layers
      1m 30s
    4. Naming, hiding, creating, and deleting layers
      4m 18s
    5. Changing the stacking order of layers
      2m 51s
    6. Selecting layers without using the Layers panel
      6m 28s
    7. Transforming layers
      7m 16s
    8. Aligning and distributing layers
      3m 51s
    9. Changing the opacity of layers
      2m 57s
    10. Organizing layers into groups
      2m 55s
    11. Saving variations with layer comps
      5m 3s
    12. When to merge and rasterize layers
      5m 0s
    13. Flatten vs. Save As (a Copy)
      3m 7s
  13. 1h 4m
    1. Using the Marquee and Lasso tools
      7m 23s
    2. Transform selections
      2m 40s
    3. Quick Mask is your friend
      4m 31s
    4. Converting a selection into a layer mask
      6m 33s
    5. Using the Quick Selection tool
      3m 1s
    6. Re-selecting a previous selection
      1m 35s
    7. Improving a selection with Refine Edge
      4m 21s
    8. Touching up a layer mask with the Brush tool
      12m 7s
    9. Changing the opacity, size, and hardness of the painting tools
      2m 59s
    10. Blending images with a gradient layer mask
      4m 53s
    11. Swapping heads in a family portrait
      3m 53s
    12. Combining multiple exposures with the Blend If sliders
      6m 26s
    13. Replacing the sky in an image
      4m 19s
  14. 1h 1m
    1. Introducing adjustment layers
      7m 57s
    2. Starting with a preset
      4m 25s
    3. Improving tonal quality with Levels
      10m 28s
    4. Increasing midtone contrast with Curves
      5m 4s
    5. Removing a color cast with Auto Color
      5m 56s
    6. Changing the color temperature with Photo Filter
      2m 55s
    7. Shifting colors with Hue/Saturation
      9m 0s
    8. Making washed out colors pop with Vibrance
      2m 46s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      5m 49s
    10. Controlling which layers are affected by an Adjustment Layer
      7m 28s
  15. 11m 32s
    1. Shadow/Highlight
      9m 3s
    2. Matching color across multiple images
      2m 29s
  16. 34m 12s
    1. Removing blemishes with the Spot Healing brush
      6m 21s
    2. Quick technique for smoothing skin and pores
      8m 23s
    3. Taming flyaway hair
      4m 47s
    4. Making teeth bright and white
      1m 43s
    5. De-emphasizing wrinkles
      4m 41s
    6. Removing unwanted details with Content Aware Fill
      4m 26s
    7. Body sculpting with Liquify
      3m 51s
  17. 21m 6s
    1. Creating panoramas with Photomerge and Auto-Blend
      7m 20s
    2. Combining multiple frames of an action sequence
      8m 30s
    3. Combining group shots with Auto-Align
      5m 16s
  18. 25m 36s
    1. Overview of filters
      4m 6s
    2. Applying filters nondestructively with Smart Filters
      4m 45s
    3. Giving an image a soft glow with the Gaussian Blur filter
      4m 41s
    4. Adding noise to an image with the Add Noise filter
      3m 34s
    5. Sharpening an image with Unsharp Mask
      4m 12s
    6. Giving an image more texture with the Texturizer
      1m 17s
    7. Applying a filter to multiple layers
      3m 1s
  19. 30m 44s
    1. Cycling through the blending modes
      4m 43s
    2. Three blending modes you must know
      6m 41s
    3. Adding a lens flare effect with Screen
      3m 33s
    4. Making a cast shadow more realistic with Multiply
      4m 33s
    5. Creating a diffused contrast glow effect with Overlay
      6m 2s
    6. Sharpening an image with High Pass and Overlay
      5m 12s
  20. 21m 39s
    1. Character (point) type
      8m 19s
    2. Paragraph (area) type
      4m 42s
    3. Type on a path
      2m 54s
    4. Clipping an image inside type
      2m 24s
    5. Warping type
      3m 20s
  21. 20m 35s
    1. Adding a drop shadow effect
      4m 43s
    2. Adding an outer glow effect
      3m 13s
    3. Adding a border around an image
      2m 53s
    4. Copying layer effects and applying them to other layers
      2m 3s
    5. Saving layer styles and applying them in other documents
      2m 42s
    6. How (and when) to scale layer effects
      5m 1s
  22. 16m 6s
    1. Creating PDF contact sheets
      6m 41s
    2. Exporting web photo galleries
      6m 8s
    3. Saving for the web
      3m 17s
  23. 1m 19s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 19s

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In Photoshop CS5 Essential Training, author Michael Ninness demonstrates how to produce the highest quality images with fantastic detail in the shortest amount of time, using a combination of Photoshop CS5, Adobe Bridge, and Camera Raw. This course shows the most efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, Michael shares the secrets of non-destructive editing, utilizing and mastering Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw, layers, adjustment layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Automating image adjustments with Camera Raw
  • Adding keywords, ratings, and other metadata to images
  • Filtering a large collection of images down to the "keepers"
  • Cropping, correcting perspective, and straightening images
  • Creating, naming, hiding, and deleting layers
  • How to make selections and masks quickly
  • Improving mask quality with Refine Edge
  • Techniques for combining multiple images
  • Non-destructive editing techniques with adjustment layers and Smart Filters
  • Retouching essentials, such as blemish removal and body sculpting
  • Color correcting images
  • Using the essential blend modes, layer effects, and styles
  • Creating contact sheets and web photo galleries
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Character (point) type

From time to time, you might need to add some text or type to a particular image, especially if you're mocking something up like a web site, or a postcard, or something you want to add some textual content. To do that, let's select the Text tool by pressing the letter T on the keyboard, and there are actually two different types of texts that you can create in Photoshop. There is something called Point Text and then something called Area Text. I am going to show you Point Text in this particular video. To do Point Text, you just simply click where you want your text to begin in your image, and that puts a cursor on a separate layer.

You will notice that the Layers panel now shows you layer 1 with the T icon, showing you the Text layer there. So, let's just start typing. We will type "Photoshop loves me." And if I wanted the next part of the sentence to go to the next line, the difference with Point Type is that you don't actually get Word Wrap, like if I just keep typing it's going to keep going forever and ever and ever as long as I keep typing. I am going to undo that, Command+Z. Now I don't want to have to undo every single character. So, if I just want to start over, here is your first type tip. Just press the Escape key, and that makes that text edit like it never happened.

Escape is just the same thing as hitting Cancel. So, let's click again and start typing "Photoshop loves me" and if I want the next word to go to the next line, then you hit a manual Return key on your keyboard there. "Photoshop loves me not," okay. Now to apply this text, we learned that hitting Escape cancels you. To actually apply it, you would hit your Enter key. Now take a look at your keyboard - not the Return key or the Enter key that's on the main keyboard, but the Enter key that is to the far right of a normal keyboard, if you have a numeric keypad, or if you are using a laptop, find the separate Enter key that your keyboard might have there.

Okay, so the difference between Return and Enter: Return gives you a line break, Enter applies your text edit. Now I have my Text tool still chosen and if I want to reedit this text, I can simply take the Text tool and double- click right on the word that I want to edit. And it goes ahead and dives into that Text layer and selects that text. I am going to go ahead and hit the Escape key to cancel that. If I'm not in the Type tool, I am in the Move tool for instance, another way to quickly jump to the particular Text layer that you want to edit and select and switch to the Type tool all in one motion, is to simply double-click on the T thumbnail in the Layers panel.

Before we do that, you'll notice that the name of the layer has now been changed to the first few words of the actual Type layer itself. To switch to that Type layer, I am going to go ahead and double-click on the T. You'll notice that it switched me from the Move tool into the Type tool and selected all of that text. If I just want to change one word, I can just double-click on the one word and highlight just that one word. I am going to hit the Escape key to go back out and deselect that text. And it takes me back to the Move tool, which brings up another point. If I am in the middle of editing, let's switch to out Type tool again, I'll press the letter T. I'll double -click on the word loves here.

If I want to switch the position of this text and move it around the page, while I am in the middle of editing it though, how do I do that? Just move your mouse outside the text, and you'll see your cursor changes from the I-beam when you are in the text to the Move cursor when you're outside the text. So, you can just simply click and drag to move that, even though you're technically in the middle of the Type tool. So, just move away from the text, and then you can move the actual text as well. When you move your cursor back into text, it changes back to the I-beam, so you can continue selecting and editing the text directly. All right. I am going to hit the Escape key to get back to the Move tool and cancel that edit.

If all I want to do is to change things like Font and Style and Size, I can do that without actually having any character selected. I can make the change to the entire layer just by having that Type tool active, and the layer that I want to edit selected in the Layers panel. Now type size, you may not always know what point size you want. You can experiment with the Font menu up here, the Type Size menu. If I click on the dropdown, it goes from 6 points to 72 points, and I can choose it there. If I want sizes other than 72 or 6 between that range, what I recommend is two different techniques.

Put your mouse on the actual label of the Text Size, and that gives you the scrubby slider, which you can then move left and right to change the size that way. Right makes it bigger, click and drag to the left to make it smaller. It's kind of a cool technique. I don't actually call it my favorite, because you will notice that you don't actually see it update to the new size until you let go of the mouse. So, the method I prefer - and you can do it whether you are in the Text tool or the Move tool, it doesn't matter - is to go to the Free Transform mode, Command+T or Ctrl+T. That puts a bounding box around your Type layer, and then I can click on a corner handle, hold down the Shift key, and then just get a real size preview of how big that text is going to be as I scale it.

Now the good news is that it's still vector text. When I go ahead and hit the Enter key to apply that Transformation, you'll see that Photoshop update Point Size of that Type layer when I have the Type tool selected. You can see it's now 132.64. So, scaling is nondestructive. It doesn't convert it to pixels or damage the text in any way. I just find that a much more fluid way of getting the type exactly the size I want it. Now what about changing the Font? Yes, you have a Font menu here, and you can click on that and see this big long list of fonts and experiment that way.

I have another technique to experiment with fonts as well. When you don't know the name of the font you're looking for, or you don't even care, you are just kind of experimenting. With the Type tool active, which you have right now, and the Type layer that you want to edit active, just press the Return key. So, I don't have a cursor, right? There is no blinking cursor inside my Text layer. I just have the Type layer selected and the Type tool active. When you hit the Return key, look what happened in the upper left-hand corner. It highlighted the Font field. Now that's interesting for two reasons. One, you can use your Up and Down Arrow keys on your keyboard to move to the next font in the list.

And you will see as I do this it actually updates the text in the layer to show you the new font. So, it's a great way just to quickly cycle through all the different typefaces you have installed, to see which one you want to use. If you want to go to the previous font, you use your Up Arrow. So, that's kind of handy. It's a nice easy way to just quickly cycle through all the different typefaces that you have available to you. Now if you happen to know the name of a specific font you want, because that Font field is still selected, you can actually type the first few characters of the particular font you're looking for.

So, if I type I, it jumps to Impact. If this is the font I want to use, notice it hasn't updated the text yet, I have to apply that by hitting the Return key again. And then that locks in that new font change. So, how do you get your focus back in the field again, the Font field? I have the Type tool active. That's key. Hit the Return key. It puts you right back into that Font field. And if I type Rock, Rock it gives me Rockwell. If I want to apply that, hit the Return key, and now I'm back in that particular font. So, some nice easy ways to change the scale of the font and to actually change the typeface you are using as well.

And then if there are additional character-level edits that you want to make, you will want to open up the Character panel or the Paragraph panels. There is a button in the Options Bar for you to do that as well. I have my Type tool chosen. I have a Type layer selected in the Layers panel. This little button right here in the Options Bar will open up your Character and Paragraph panels, if they are not already open your screen, and you can see just like in InDesign and Illustrator, you have got a ton of different formatting options available to you, so things like tracking and kerning and leading the space between lines, tracking and kerning the space between individual characters or a range of text.

And then some additional font characteristics like Italic, Uppercase, Small case, Small Caps, Baseline Shift and so forth. So, there is your kind of broad overview of working with the Type tool, making it easier to select, move, format and scale text, once you have got it created and then your secret options for additional type formatting in your Character and Paragraph panels. By default, when you click the Character and Paragraph button, it actually opens up those panels in this dock icon mode here.

And then once they're there you can just click on the actual icon itself to reopen and collapse those particular panels.

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