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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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