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In this movie, I'll show you how to create text inside of a frame, which is known as area text throughout the Creative Suite programs. Photoshop also calls it paragraph text. So what we have so far, I'll just go ahead and zoom out here a little bit. What we have so far, as you may recall, is point text. And whenever you're working with point text, all the text is going to incur on a single line unless you tell it to work otherwise. So, for example, if I click after the file with the Type tool, and then press Ctrl+Shift+C or Cmd+Shift+C to center that type, and then I enter a whole bunch more numbers, no matter how many numbers I enter, they're all going to appear on a single line, even if that line exceeds the boundaries of the canvas.
I'll go ahead and click between the 5 and 7 here. Even if I add a space character, I'd have to actually press the Enter key, or the Return key on the Mac, in order to create a second line. Which is great for specialty type treatments, like headlines and logos and special effects text, and so on. However, it's not so great when you're working with paragraphs. When you're creating paragraphs, you need Photoshop to wrap the text automatically. So, I'm going to go ahead and press Ctrl+., or Cmd+., on the Mac to abandon that modification and I'll show you a couple of ways to create area type.
I'm going to go ahead and scroll up the Layers panel here, until I can see the one that says, Make him love you, I'll go ahead and turn that layer on and you can see it right there across the models face. Currently this text is point text. And let's say I just happen to have this text loaded in the clipboard and I'll go ahead and do that by double-clicking on the T here inside the Layers panel, in order to select the text. And then I'll go up to the Edit menu, and choose the Copy command or press Ctrl+C, or Cmd+C on a Mac. Then I'll press the Escape key because I'm not going to make any modifications and I'll press backspace to get rid of that layer because we don't need it anymore.
If you want to create area text, rather than clicking with the Type tool, you go ahead and drag and I'm going to drag from that upper left guide intersection into the model's bicep, to about here, let's say. And then I would enter some text, of course. But, I've already created that text in advance so I'll go ahead and double-click on this word here to select it and I'll go up to the Edit menu and choose the Paste command. Or press Ctrl+V or Cmd+V on the Mac and that goes ahead and pastes that text into the container, and you can now see that it automatically wraps on to, in my case, three lines.
It doesn't necessarily look good, which is why we'll format this text in the next movie. All right. Now, I'll press the Enter key on the numerical keypad in order to accept that modification, and I'll scroll over here to the right side of the image. Another way to create area text is to convert point text into area text and to resize the frame. And to demonstrate that one, I'll turn on this layer that's called New Miracle Diet. Go ahead and turn it on and click on the layer to select it, as well. This text is also point text, it exists on a single line right there. To convert it to area text, you go up to the Type menu, and you choose this command right there, Convert to Paragraph Text.
And it won't look like anything happened at first, until you click inside the text with the Type tool. And then you'll see that there's a frame that fits that one line of type. Now, what you do is you resize the frame and this is a little bit trickier than it ought to be. You've gotta get your cursor in an exact location. If you're a pixel off it doesn't work. But move your cursor over that upper left handle there, until you see that back and forth cursor, and then drag to the intersection of these two guidelines right there.
And then go ahead and drag the lower right handle until it snaps to this guide intersection, just to the right and above 365, and press the Enter key on the numerical keypad, in order to accept that change. And notice, once again, we have text that wraps onto, in this case, three lines of type. And that, friends, is how you create and edit area type inside of Photoshop. In the next movie, I'll show you how to format paragraphs.
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