Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate
Illustration by John Hersey

Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate

with Deke McClelland

Video: Creating and editing point text

In this movie, I'll show you how to create and edit the simplest kind of Another way to work, I'll just go ahead and click after the text like so.
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  1. 2m 4s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 4s
  2. 1h 1m
    1. The best of Photoshop automation
    2. Content-Aware Fill and Color Adaptation (CC 2014) UPDATED
      7m 44s
    3. Combining two layers with a layer mask (CC 2014) UPDATED
      5m 37s
    4. Content-aware healing (CC 2014) UPDATED
      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) UPDATED
      6m 5s
    6. Isolating selected layers (CC 2014) UPDATED
      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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10h 37m Intermediate Aug 19, 2013 Updated Sep 18, 2014

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Photoshop CC One-on-One is back, and this installment teaches you how to build on your basic knowledge and achieve next-level effects with this premiere image-editing program. Industry pro Deke McClelland shows you how to seamlessly move and patch areas of a photo with the Content-Aware toolset; stretch the brightness of a scene with automatic and custom Levels adjustments; create intricate designs with text and shapes; and morph an image with layer effects and transformations. Deke also shares his techniques for sharpening details, whether addressing noise and highlight/shadow clipping or camera shake, and converting a full-color image to black and white. The final chapters show you how to best print and save images for the web, making sure all your hard work pays off in the final output.

Topics include:
  • Performing automatic retouch, scaling, and more with the Content-Aware tools
  • Editing the histogram
  • Customizing a Levels adjustment
  • Making channel-by-channel Levels adjustments
  • Sharpening with the Smart Sharpen, Emboss, and High Pass filters
  • Working with vector-based type
  • Kerning and tracking characters
  • Creating text on a path
  • Drawing and customizing shapes
  • Creating depth, contour, and texture with layer effects
  • Liquifying an image
  • Simulating an infrared photo
  • Adjusting print position, size, and color
  • Creating the perfect JPEG image
  • Downsampling for the web
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Deke McClelland

Creating and editing point text

In this movie, I'll show you how to create and edit the simplest kind of text that there is inside of Photoshop, which is called point text. Now, notice that I have a couple of documents open. This is my starter document over here on the left-hand side. And this is the final version of the magazine cover that we'll be creating over the course of this and the next chapter. Note that I'm using a couple of fonts, Myriad and Minion, that are included along with your subscription to the Creative Cloud. So very likely, you have these fonts.

But if, for some reason, you find that you don't, you'll just need to work with different fonts that are installed on your system. All right, I don't need to see both of these files at the same time. So, with the left-hand file active, the one called Base layers.psd, I'll go up to the Window menu, choose a range, and then choose Consolidate All. And that will go ahead and hide the final version of the magazine cover. Now, I've created a series of guidelines in advance. If you can't see those guides, as I can't, then press Ctrl+semicolon or Cmd+semicolon on a Mac, to make them visible.

Then I'm going to go ahead and zoom in on the model's shoulder. Now, you create text in Photoshop using this tool right here, which Photoshop calls the Horizontal Type tool. And as you can see here, there's a total of four different type tools available to you. But if you're creating Western style text, then the Horizontal Type tool is the only type tool you'll ever need. And you can get to it by pressing the T key. Then, to create point text, you just go ahead and click inside of the image. Now, that turns out to be smaller text than I like.

Notice up here in the Options bar, that the font is set to Verdana, and it's just 12 point in size, which is no good. So I'm going to cancel the creation of this layer by clicking on the Cancel button over here on the right side of the Options bar. If you want to lift some formatting attributes from an existing type layer, then all you need to do is click on it here inside the Layers panel. So I'm going to go ahead and click on the Fashion Formulas layer, right here inside the Layers panel. And I'm also going to lift this color bar here, so it's not so thick.

So we have a little bit more room to work. Now notice up here in the Options bar, that we're seeing the font is sent to Myriad Pro semibold. And if I click inside of the image, I have a much larger blinking insertion marker. A couple of other things I want you to notice. We've got a new layer that's currently just called Layer 1, because it doesn't contain any text at this point. But we can see it's a type layer, as indicated by the T inside the thumbnail. We're also seeing this tiny square anchor point, and that is the point to which the text is aligned.

So notice, if I enter some characters, I'm going to type in 365 like so, that the characters are right aligned. That is, they appear to the left of the anchor point. And that's because that text that I had selected a moment ago, Fashion Formulas, is right aligned as well. If you want to change that, you can do so using these icons up here in the Options bar. For example, I could click on Left Align Text, in order to send the text to the right of the anchor point.

You also have a few keyboard shortcuts. You can press Control+Shift+C to center the type on the anchor point. You can press Ctrl+Shift+R to make the text flush right. Or you can press Ctrl+Shift+L to make the text flush left, which is what I want. Now, at this point, we need to accept the modifications we've made. And you can do that in a number of ways. One is to go up here to this little check mark up here in the Options bar. The other option is to press the Enter key on the numerical keypad. If you press the standard Enter key, or the Return key on a Mac, then you'll send your cursor to the next line of type, which is not what we want. So I'll just go ahead and press the Backspace key or the Delete key on a Mac to get rid of that. And so I'll just press the Backspace key or the Delete key to get rid of that.

Now, you Macintosh folks, you can press the Function key along with Return in order to duplicate the effect of pressing the Enter key on the numerical keypad. But, a lot of laptops don't have that functionality. So, what you can now do inside Photoshop is accept your modifications by pressing the Esc key. And notice, as soon as I press Esc, I create a new layer that's now called 365. And that name, that layer name, as long as you don't change it, will continue to update, to reflect the contents of this layer.

Another way to work, I'll just go ahead and click after the text like so. And, let's say that I want another line of type. Why, then, you have to press the Enter key or the Return key. When you're working with point type, the type does not automatically wrap to the next line, so you have to do it manually. And then I could enter whatever text I like. And then, in order to accept my modifications, all I have to do is switch to a different tool. For example, I could just click on the Rectangular Marquee tool in order to make that switch occur. Now let's say that I want to select the text and make some modifications. Well, I could, of course, select that type tool again, and then drag across the text I want to select, and so forth.

But another way to work is to double-click on the T thumbnail here inside the layers panel. And notice, when you do that, two things happen. First of all, you switch automatically to the type tool, and also, you go ahead and select all of the text like so. And I'm just going to go ahead and click after the text and then press the Backspace key or the Delete key as many times as it takes in order to get rid of 714. Now, you might think at this point, you can just go ahead and press the Esc key in order to accept your changes, but here's where this'll get you.

If I press the Esc key now, notice that I just abandoned my changes and I switched back to the Rectangular Marquee tool. So, that's an exception to the Esc key rule. If you double click on a T thumbnail in order to switch over, in order to select the text and switch over to the type tool, then pressing Esc will abandon the changes instead of accepting them. So if you like that ability to accept your changes by pressing the Esc key, then you want to go ahead and manually switch to the type tool which you can also, once again, by pressing the T key. And then, just go ahead, and drag over that offending text like so, press the Backspace key, and then press Esc in order to accept your changes.

Now, this may lead some of you to wonder how you might abandon your changes from the keyboard. For example, let's say I press the Ctrl key, or the Cmd key on a Mac, in order to temporarily access the Move tool, just so I can drag this guy over a little bit. Then I release that key, and I click after the 5, and I enter some more numbers, like so. And notice, I can enter just tons and tons of numbers. And even if I click right here and press the space bar, I'm not going to wrap the text to the next line, because it's point text. If I want it on the next line, I would have to press the Enter key, or the Return key on a Mac, like so. But, I've made a mess of things. I really want this text just to read 365.

So if I want to abandon my changes, I can either go up to the Options bar and click that Cancel button, or you can press Ctrl+period here on a PC or Cmd+period on a Mac. And that also works when you just click, like so, and decide that you don't want a new text layer, that often happens, because we all make mistakes. But if I were to just press the Esc key right now, I'd end up with an empty layer that's doing me no good. So if I want to get rid of it, all I have to do is press Ctrl+period or Cmd+period on the Mac.

And that, friends, is how you create and edit point text. And that, friends, is how you create and edit point text, which is the simplest kind of text that there is, here inside Photoshop.

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Q: This course was updated on 09/18/2014. What changed?
A: Deke updated the course to reflect changes in the 2014 version of Photoshop CC. The updates are concentrated in "The Content-Aware Collection" and "Creating and Formatting Text" chapters, but there are new movies sprinkled throughout the course as well.
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