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Creating and editing point text

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Video: Creating and editing point text

In this movie, I'll show you how to create and edit text inside Photoshop. Now, what we're seeing is our starter document over here on the left hand side and the final version of the magazine cover that will be creating over the course of this and the next chapter. But we'll get 90% the way ther einside this chapter. Now when you first open this document over here on the left you may end up getting this warning that tells you that you need to update your text layers. If so, just go ahead and click on the update button. In order to update that text. And that's just a function of the fact that the text engines are a little different on the Mac and the PC, and they change from one version of the program to the next.

Creating and editing point text

In this movie, I'll show you how to create and edit text inside Photoshop. Now, what we're seeing is our starter document over here on the left hand side and the final version of the magazine cover that will be creating over the course of this and the next chapter. But we'll get 90% the way ther einside this chapter. Now when you first open this document over here on the left you may end up getting this warning that tells you that you need to update your text layers. If so, just go ahead and click on the update button. In order to update that text. And that's just a function of the fact that the text engines are a little different on the Mac and the PC, and they change from one version of the program to the next.

Also note, that I'm using a couple of fonts, Myriad and Minion, that are included along with the Creative Suite. You should have those fonts. However, if you don't, you'll just need to work with different fonts that are installed on your system. Alright, I don't need to see both of these documents at the same time. So, with Base layers.psd selected, I'll go up to the Window menu, choose Arrange, and then choose Consolidate All, so I'm seeing just that one document. And I've got a series of guidelines set up inside of this document. If you're not seeing them, as I'm not, then press Ctrl+semicolon, or Cmd+semicolon on the Mac.

In order to make them visible. And then I'll go ahead, and zoom in on the model's shoulder here, and I'm going to click on the Fashion Formulas layer in order to make it active, and that'll go ahead, and lift those formatting attributes for the text layer that we're about to create. Now you create a text layer using the type tool, which is located right here. You can also get to it, by the way, by pressing the T key. And notice that Photoshop has indeed gone ahead and lifted all the attributes, associated with the active text layer and you can see that up here in the options bar.

So we've got myriad pro, semi-bold, a type size of 76 points, the type is white as well. I'm going to click inside of my image, in order to set a blinking insertion marker that's associated with a little anchor point right there. That square point. And that shows you that you're creating point text. That is, free form text that doesn't wrap automatically inside the image. And now I'm going to type 365. And it ends up appearing to the right of that anchor point right there and that's because the text that was formerly selected fashion formulas down here, is aligned right and you can change that setting up here in the Options bar.

So notice right now right align text icon is active. Go ahead and witch it to the left align text instead. You also have keyboard shortcuts for these various alignment options and they are the following. If you press Ctrl+Shift+C you'll center the text on that anchor point as you can see. And that's Cmd+Shift+C on a mac. If you press Ctrl+Shift+R or Cmd+Shift+R on a Mac. Then you'll align the type to the right. And if you press Ctrl+Shift+L or Cmd shift l on the Mac, then you'll align the text to the left which is what we want.

Now you can accept your modifications by clicking on any tool. And notice here that we've created a new text layer. Right now it's just called layer one. But as soon as I switch to let's say the rectangular marquee tool by clicking on it in the tool box, then not only do I accept my text layer. But Photoshop goes ahead and automatically names it 365. And it continues to update the name every time you make modifications. All right, so, that's one way to work. Let's say now, you want to modify your text. You can switch back to the text tool manually.

And then select the text, if you want to. Or you can go ahead and double-click on this T icon here inside the Layers panel. And that will do two things. It will not only go ahead and select all of the text associated with this layer, but it'll automatically switch you to the time tool as well. So let's say I decide to change that number to something random here. And I now want to accept my modifications. Well, you can do that by pressing the Enter key on the numerical keypad. So that's that Enter key in the far bottom-right corner of a standard keyboard.

And that will not only accept your modifications, but it'll switch you to the last tool that you had selected, in my case, a rectangular marquee. Problem is, what if you don't have a numerical keypad? What if you've got a smaller keyboard, or you're working on a laptop? Well, I'll go ahead and press the T key to switch back to the type tool, and I'll click inside of my text to set the blinking insertion marker right there. If you pressed the standard Enter key, or the Return key on the mac, then you're going to create a character return as we see here. So, that'll knock the text down to the next line. So I'll go ahead and press the Backspace key, or the Delete key on the Mac, in order to get rid of that return.

Things become even more problematic if all of your text is selected. So I just went ahead and double clicked inside of my text, which selects the entire word, in this case this string of numbers. If you press the Enter key or the Return key now, then you're going to wipe out all of your text. Fortunately, you have one level of undo, while you're editing your text, so you can press Ctrl+Z or Cmd+Z on a Mac in order to undo that change. I'm going to enter a totally different string of numbers here. Don't think that what you can do is press the Esc key, as you can in other Creative Suite programs, such as Illustrator, for example, because if you press Esc, then you're not only going to exit the text entry mode.

But you'll also abandon all of your changes, which to me makes a lot of sense but its just something to bear in mind. I'm going to go ahead and double click on the T thumbnail here inside the layers panel, in order to switch back to the text entry mode. Notice this time because the type tool remains selected, after I press the Escape key, I just get a blinking insertion marker at the beginning of my text as opposed to selecting everything. So, i'll go ahead and double click inside of the text to select it. And I'm going to change it back to 365 because after all, that's what I want. The alternative to pressing the Enter key on the numerical keyboard, is to press Ctrl+Enter, here on the PC, or Cmd+Return on the Mac.

Those of you who are using MacBook Pros, you can also press Function+Return if you like. So either Cmd+Return, or Function+Return will work for you. And those are the basics of creating and editing text here inside Photoshop.

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Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate

123 video lessons · 10030 viewers

Deke McClelland
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  1. 2m 4s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 4s
  2. 1h 1m
    1. The best of Photoshop automation
      35s
    2. Content-Aware Fill and Color Adaptation (CC 2014) NEW
      7m 44s
    3. Combining two layers with a layer mask (CC 2014) NEW
      5m 37s
    4. Content-aware healing (CC 2014) NEW
      10m 17s
    5. Introducing the Patch tool
      3m 43s
    6. Using Content-Aware Patch UPDATED
      7m 17s
    7. Retouching with Content-Aware Patch UPDATED
      3m 45s
    8. Using the Content-Aware Move tool UPDATED
      7m 41s
    9. Using Content-Aware Extend
      2m 4s
    10. The Content-Aware Scale command
      6m 35s
    11. Scaling in multiple passes
      2m 22s
    12. Protecting skin tones
      3m 31s
  3. 32m 55s
    1. Editing the histogram
      1m 50s
    2. The new automatic Levels adjustment
      4m 33s
    3. Customizing a Levels adjustment
      4m 53s
    4. Understanding the Gamma value
      2m 7s
    5. Opening up the shadows
      2m 48s
    6. Previewing clipped pixels
      3m 40s
    7. Retouching with Output Levels
      4m 25s
    8. Making channel-by-channel adjustments
      2m 19s
    9. Faking a gray card in post
      2m 51s
    10. Assigning shortcuts to adjustment layers
      3m 29s
  4. 57m 43s
    1. How sharpening works
      1m 38s
    2. Introducing the Smart Sharpen filter
      6m 56s
    3. Understanding the Radius value
      5m 20s
    4. Gauging the best sharpening settings
      5m 45s
    5. Addressing color artifacts and clipping
      5m 49s
    6. The Remove and Reduce Noise options
      4m 22s
    7. The Shadows/Highlights options
      7m 36s
    8. Correcting for camera shake
      6m 47s
    9. Sharpening with the Emboss filter
      5m 45s
    10. Sharpening with the High Pass filter
      4m 44s
    11. Painting in sharpness
      3m 1s
  5. 1h 12m
    1. Vector-based type
      1m 35s
    2. Creating and editing point text UPDATED
      8m 8s
    3. Font and type style tricks UPDATED
      7m 58s
    4. Type size and color tricks UPDATED
      6m 42s
    5. Kerning and tracking characters UPDATED
      8m 9s
    6. Creating and editing area text UPDATED
      3m 50s
    7. Selecting and formatting paragraphs UPDATED
      6m 50s
    8. Setting text inside a custom path UPDATED
      5m 34s
    9. Creating text along a path
      6m 12s
    10. Adjusting baseline shift
      4m 45s
    11. Creating and stylizing a logo
      6m 49s
    12. Masking text into image elements UPDATED
      6m 14s
  6. 1h 9m
    1. The other vector-based layer
      1m 39s
    2. Dotted borders and corner roundness
      8m 14s
    3. Drawing and aligning custom shapes
      3m 55s
    4. Creating your own repeatable custom shape
      5m 43s
    5. Selecting and modifying path outlines (CC 2014) NEW
      6m 5s
    6. Isolating selected layers (CC 2014) NEW
      6m 39s
    7. Combining simple shapes to make complex ones UPDATED
      6m 31s
    8. Cropping, adjusting, and merging shapes UPDATED
      8m 49s
    9. Creating a soft, synthetic sparkle
      6m 22s
    10. Saving a resolution-independent PDF file
      6m 42s
    11. Turning a small image into a huge one
      8m 38s
  7. 1h 14m
    1. Depth, contour, and texture
      1m 28s
    2. Imparting depth with a layer effect
      9m 9s
    3. The power of the drop shadow
      7m 37s
    4. Modifying a layer and its effects
      6m 21s
    5. Saving custom default settings
      4m 12s
    6. Creating a custom contour
      8m 5s
    7. Introducing Bevel and Emboss
      8m 8s
    8. Multiple effects and multiple layers
      7m 45s
    9. Global Light and rasterizing effects
      8m 5s
    10. Gloss and surface contour
      6m 4s
    11. Adding texture to Bevel and Emboss
      7m 21s
  8. 34m 48s
    1. Styles store settings
      1m 38s
    2. Creating and applying a paragraph style
      3m 41s
    3. Redefining a style and styling a word
      5m 38s
    4. Creating and styling a placeholder style
      5m 43s
    5. Applying and creating layer styles
      5m 45s
    6. Loading and customizing layer styles
      5m 42s
    7. Merging and saving layer styles
      6m 41s
  9. 56m 48s
    1. Meet the transformations
      1m 55s
    2. Transformations and Smart Objects
      5m 46s
    3. Adjusting the interpolation setting
      5m 10s
    4. Rotating a layer with Free Transform
      5m 22s
    5. Scale, duplicate, and repeat
      4m 30s
    6. Creating a synthetic star field
      5m 20s
    7. Warping a logo with Arc and Flag
      5m 34s
    8. Distort, perspective, and skew
      4m 15s
    9. Using transformations to draw and correct
      7m 0s
    10. Bolstering text with layer effects
      5m 43s
    11. Adding highlights with Lens Flare
      6m 13s
  10. 43m 36s
    1. Removing the weight that the camera adds
      1m 7s
    2. The Warp and Reconstruct tools
      6m 44s
    3. Brush size, hardness, and opacity
      4m 29s
    4. The Pucker, Bloat, Push, and Twirl tools
      7m 12s
    5. Saving and reapplying Liquify settings
      4m 9s
    6. Lifting and slimming details
      9m 42s
    7. Warping legs, arms, and fabric
      5m 33s
    8. Improving a model's posture
      4m 40s
  11. 58m 46s
    1. Shoot in color, convert to black and white
      1m 55s
    2. Three ways to grayscale
      5m 36s
    3. Mixing a custom black-and-white image
      7m 31s
    4. Simulating an infrared photograph
      6m 39s
    5. Creating a sienna-infused sepia tone
      5m 38s
    6. Creating a hyper-saturated image
      5m 26s
    7. Introducing the Black & White command
      3m 16s
    8. Customizing the Black & White settings
      4m 50s
    9. Black & White meets the Channel Mixer UPDATED
      7m 29s
    10. Infusing an image with tint and color
      5m 9s
    11. Grayscale and Split Tone in Camera Raw
      5m 17s
  12. 41m 34s
    1. The many ways to print
      1m 41s
    2. Using the test document UPDATED
      3m 18s
    3. Print, position, and size
      5m 57s
    4. Description and printing marks
      3m 3s
    5. Establishing a bleed
      3m 44s
    6. Getting reliable color
      5m 54s
    7. Special printing options
      5m 1s
    8. Previewing an image at print size
      4m 16s
    9. Creating contact sheets
      4m 49s
    10. Creating a multipage PDF
      3m 51s
  13. 31m 9s
    1. Making Internet imagery
      1m 6s
    2. Introducing Save for Web UPDATED
      4m 39s
    3. Creating the perfect JPEG image
      5m 14s
    4. Creating a high-contrast GIF image
      6m 23s
    5. The two varieties of PNG
      3m 57s
    6. Downsampling for the web
      5m 59s
    7. Adding copyright and contact info
      3m 51s
  14. 1m 3s
    1. Until next time
      1m 3s

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