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Adobe Photoshop is more than just an image editing application—it is a foundational staple in all the visual arts, from print design, to photography, to web design, to motion graphics and 3D graphics. In this course, Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins covers the basics of Photoshop. Learn about the components of visual images, making selections, color correcting, fixing images, outputting images, and much more. This course uses Photoshop CS6, but the information presented is applicable to all versions of the application.
In this tutorial we're going to look at how to make text. So we actually create text by using the Text tool, found in the tools panel, down here towards the bottom. The icon is a little T here, and that's a little reminder that the keyboard shortcut, is the letter T. If I just hold my mouse cursor, without clicking anything, because hovering my mouse cursor over one of these tools. A little popup lets me know the name of the tool and then in parentheses there it shows me the keyboard shortcut for that tool. So for example, the Pen tool here or the keyboard shortcut is the letter P, if I press the letter P, the Pen tool will be selected.
The keyboard shortcut for the, Type tool is actually extremely easy to remember because it's the letter T just like the icon looks like so. Quick shortcut, whenever your playing around in Photoshop no matter what tool your working with. You can just press the letter T on your keyboard and you'll get access to the Type tool. You'll notice that once you click on the Type tool that your Options bar changes. And gives you a bunch of type related options which we will get to in just a moment. When you actually create the text, you have two ways of doing this. You can click once, and this is called Point text.
So, I'm going to type the word innovate. I'm currently using the Impasto font, but if, if you don't have the Impasto font, you could use whatever font you have on your system. It doesn't really matter for this exercise. So I could click Point text. And then if I press the return key, I could type some more, and so on and so forth. But it's basically really free. When you create text, you need to make sure that you're aware that you enter this mode. We are creating text. And you can't do anything else in Photoshop until you either cancel or accept the text.
This is just like Free Transform mode for example. So, we either cancel our edits or accept them. So I'm just going to cancel them by pressing this button or also you can press the escape key on your keyboard. The other way of creating text, other than just clicking, and typing, is you can click and drag to create a Text box. Now if I, start typing here, once I type too much, it's going to go beyond the box. So basically this is a, a really hard and fast rule with Photoshop saying, don't make text go outside of this box, whatever you do.
And so it will cut off text before it will go outside of the box. So if you look here. There's a little Plus icon, in the bottom right-hand corner indicating what we have. What's called Over Set text. It's text that's outside the boundaries. Text that were not seeing basically. So you can click this or any one of these extending corner squares here, and just click and drag to extend this. (LAUGH) and you can see my text here that doesn't make any sense. But if I, again if I were to shrink this here, it automatically put that text in a different place because it's moving it dynamically within this box.
I'm just going to go ahead and accept this text now, by clicking this check mark here. Or you could press Enter on the numeric keypad. You'll notice that it automatically creates a new layer here. So we don't have to create a new layer from scratch, and then type on it. Photoshop knows how important layers are, and automatically makes a new special kind of layer, a Text layer, for you to work on. If you want to edit this you could first of all just select it and I could press the Move tool for example. And even with this Text layer selected I could just Double-click the icon here. The thumbnail, and it automatically selects all that text and it gets me back into Editiing mode no matter what tool I had.
So I had the Move tool selected when I did that and it automatically switched over to the Type tool. Selected all the text, and gave me my options here in the Option bar. So really great way to work with text. Now, the color of my text is here, this little swatch, it's currently red which doesn't quite go with our design here. So I'm going to click this swatch and we get the standard color picker. But I'm actually, instead of picking a color this way, I'm going to move my cursor over. It turns into an eyedropper, and this allows me to sample color from my document.
So I'm going to click over here, and sample this blue, for example. And it changes my text accordingly. And I actually want this a little bit brighter. The same hue but just a little bit brighter. And I can click Okay. And I can also change the size of the font using this drop-down. But this seems very limiting, it just has a few preset sizes. So I actually can click in here. And type a new number like a 100 for example or, I don't know, 23 or whatever.
Just some random number, I don't have to use one of these. But the best way to adjust the size of text is by clicking on this little T, this is kind of like a little secret here. But if I put my cursor over this it turns into a little hand icon, and I can click and scrub. And this is actually the best way for a lot of reasons. Number one, it's fun and adorable, because that hand is really cute. But it's also really good to be able to see the size of our text as you are scaling it up. So we could get right to the border there and say, you know what, that's exactly right. Whereas if I'm just kind of typing in numbers here, I'm essentially guessing.
I could also change the Font type. So right now we have the Impasto font, but we can choose ya know, impact or another font from this list. We get a little preview over here. Another thing that we can do, is that we can click once, inside the name of the font. Then we can use the wheel on our mouse to scroll through different fonts as well. Now I'm actually going to take this back to Impasto. And I'm going to click Accept here. Accept those changes, and now we have our text.
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