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Editing vector-based text

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Video: Editing vector-based text

In this exercise, I am going to pass along a few random but very important notes about editing text inside Photoshop. First of all when you see that T thumbnail inside the Layers palette that tells you that you are working with editable type and it's also based on the original vector data. So even though it's pixel based information, if you go ahead and zoom in on this text, you will see bigger and bigger pixels after you zoom past a 100%, so it's not all nice and smooth and zoomable the way it is inside of say Adobe Illustrator or another vector program but you can scale this type if you want to and it will re-render out at a new resolution.

Editing vector-based text

In this exercise, I am going to pass along a few random but very important notes about editing text inside Photoshop. First of all when you see that T thumbnail inside the Layers palette that tells you that you are working with editable type and it's also based on the original vector data. So even though it's pixel based information, if you go ahead and zoom in on this text, you will see bigger and bigger pixels after you zoom past a 100%, so it's not all nice and smooth and zoomable the way it is inside of say Adobe Illustrator or another vector program but you can scale this type if you want to and it will re-render out at a new resolution.

You can scale your image and the text will re-render as well always based on that original vector data that's included with the font file, that's included inside the font definition. And very few people know about this, but if you have a PostScript based printer and you know it if you got it then you can print directly from Photoshop and your type will render out at the full resolution of the printer. Isn't that amazing? So it will render out at a high resolution then you see it here on screen. Anyway I am going to go ahead and zoom back out to the 50% view size where I can see all of my images here.

Now you can edit your type either by selecting it with the Type Tool like so and then any edit you apply, any formatting adjustments you apply will just affect those letters. Of course you can also replace those letters now if you want to. Of course I don't. I have made a mess in my text, so I am going to press the Esc key in order to deactivate my text and restore it to its original appearance. You also have one level of undo while you are working with text. The other way that you can modify your text is to just select the entire Type layer like I have it selected here, so in this case the layer is active but the text inside of the layer is not active.

But I can still modify that type if I want to, for example I could change the Type size, I could say I don't want it to be 60 points, I want it to be 120 points then you press the Enter key and Photoshop goes ahead and updates that Type, nice smooth outlines notice that. You can also scale the Type into free transform mode, go ahead and scale it or rotate it or what have you do whatever you want to at this point. And again if you scale the Type it's going to always look smooth. Alright I am going to Esc out of there though I don't want to have some big scale type.

Now if the Type Tool is active, you will see a bunch of formatting attributes up here inside of the Options bars. If not, you can still adjust the formatting attributes that are associated with the Type, for example I have gone ahead and switched to the Marquee tool so that my formatting attributes are no longer listed inside the options bar, but if I bring up my Character palette, which I can get by choosing the Character command from the window menu of course. Then I can adjust any settings and expect them to apply to the Current layer, to the active Type layer.

So long of course as a Type layer is active, otherwise you modify the default settings. For example let's say I want to get rid of the All Caps, I would just turn off the All Cap option, but bear in mind your keyboard shortcuts only work if the text is active that is some portion of the text block is active with the Type tool. So if you are just working with an entire Type layer the way that I am and you press the keyboard shortcut that is normally associated with All Caps, which is Ctrl+Shift+K or Command-Shift-K on the Mac because the context of your keyboard shortcut is different this time, you don't have the text selected in other words.

You will bring up the Color Settings dialog box in this case because Ctrl+Shift+K gets you color settings. Alright so I am going to cancel out of there just something to know, so don't expect to be able to use the keyboard shortcuts to modify your text, when you are modifying the entire text layer, but do expect to be able to format the text using these character and paragraph options. I am going to restore my text to the way it looks before. I am going to turn All Caps back on and I am going to change the Type size back to 60 points here and I also want to move my text into place.

I am going to move it down here so that it snaps into alignment with these guidelines and of course as I mentioned before you want make sure you are seeing the guidelines on screen, which you can do by going to the View menu, choosing Show and then choosing Guides. Make sure that's got a check mark in front of it, if you are not seeing the guides otherwise you know that it's got a check mark in front of it. Alright now let's Ctrl+Drag so go ahead and press the Ctrl key and drag that text into place. Now inside the beta version of Photoshop that I am using, snapping is a little bit buggy at the moment, so I am not snapping to the guides the way that I want to.

If you are using the full released version of Photoshop, you should see a nice snap going on and you will know that you are snapping the text into place because you will see the snap happen. You also feel it a little bit actually so it turns out and you will see a white cursor on screen, your arrow head cursor will change from black to white. Anyway I am just going to move it. I am just going to eyeball it, move it in a place, there it's not really necessary that you snap it in a place. And by the way that Ctrl+Drag trick works when the Type tool is active as well because you can always get to that Move tool, by pressing the Ctrl+key here on the PC or the Command key on the Mac.

Now finally I want to change the color of my text and I am going to do that. I would like you to do this as well by going to the Layers palette and turning on the Style Holder layer. I have got this little pumpkin, if you turn it on, this little pumpkin guy that's holding some characteristics, some attributes that we are going to use to format our Type later, but for now he has got a special color going on that I would like you to use. Let's go ahead and lift that color, make it the foreground color by grabbing the Eyedropper tool which you can also get by pressing the Eye key and then clicking inside the pumpkin like so.

Clicking inside this little Style Holder pumpkin that is little cartoon pumpkin and now notice that changes the foreground color. If I had some text activated with a Type tool, the foreground color would affect that active type but in my case I don't have any text active, I just have the Type layer active, so I am going to have to force the type to be filled with a new foreground color by pressing Alt+Backspace or Option-Delete on the Mac which always fills a selection or a layer with the foreground color which in this case is this brownish color.

Alright groovy now if you want to you can put the Style Holder layer away i.e. you can hide it. We have managed to edit this type very easily as it turns out by moving it into a different position and re-coloring it. We also saw ways to scale the type and you don't make any formatting modifications that you want. In the next exercise, we are going to get our first look at a different kind of type which is known as Area Text.

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Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics

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  1. 1h 15m
    1. Welcome to Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics
      2m 5s
    2. Selecting glass and water
      5m 23s
    3. Establishing a base layer
      4m 0s
    4. The Color Range command
      6m 45s
    5. Selecting sparkles
      3m 19s
    6. Setting sparkles to Screen
      4m 19s
    7. Selecting and compositing hair
      2m 59s
    8. When Color Range falls short
      7m 25s
    9. Selecting a base channel
      4m 25s
    10. Enhancing the channel's contrast
      4m 4s
    11. Dodging the highlights
      5m 55s
    12. Putting the mask in play
      3m 20s
    13. Reducing the edge fringes
      4m 21s
    14. Adding a layer mask
      4m 53s
    15. Creating a gradient quick mask
      5m 26s
    16. Blurring the layer mask
      5m 51s
    17. And that's just the beginning...
      1m 15s
  2. 1h 13m
    1. Edge-enhancement parlor tricks
      1m 30s
    2. The subterfuge of sharpness
      3m 14s
    3. The single-shot sharpness
      3m 47s
    4. Unsharp Mask
      5m 17s
    5. Understanding the Radius value
      4m 31s
    6. Gauging the best settings
      7m 14s
    7. Sharpening the luminance data
      8m 25s
    8. USM vs. Smart Sharpen
      6m 0s
    9. Smart Sharpen's Remove settings
      6m 23s
    10. High-resolution sharpening
      6m 4s
    11. Leave More Accurate off!
      2m 29s
    12. Turn More Accurate on
      2m 58s
    13. The Advanced options
      5m 17s
    14. Saving Smart Sharpen settings
      4m 18s
    15. Accounting for camera shake
      6m 0s
  3. 1h 24m
    1. Why the heck would you blur?
      1m 20s
    2. The "bell-shaped" Gaussian Blur
      7m 16s
    3. The Linear Box Blur
      2m 58s
    4. Median and its badly named progeny
      6m 3s
    5. Surface Blur and the rest
      5m 36s
    6. The Motion Blur filter
      3m 2s
    7. The Radial Blur variations: Spin and Zoom
      5m 55s
    8. The Captain Kirk-in-love effect
      6m 50s
    9. Averaging skin tones
      6m 2s
    10. Addressing the stubborn patches
      6m 0s
    11. Combining Gaussian Blur and Average
      4m 8s
    12. Blurring surface details
      7m 2s
    13. Smoothing blemishes while matching noise
      7m 52s
    14. Reducing digital noise
      8m 22s
    15. Smoothing out JPEG artifacts
      6m 1s
  4. 45m 28s
    1. Behold, the layered composition
      1m 13s
    2. The Layers palette
      5m 8s
    3. Enlarging the hand
      4m 40s
    4. Erasing with a layer mask
      6m 28s
    5. Moving a layer
      4m 3s
    6. Combining layers into a clipping mask
      4m 42s
    7. Hair and stacking order
      6m 12s
    8. Adding a frame and expanding the canvas
      6m 2s
    9. Adding a vignette
      7m 0s
  5. 42m 27s
    1. Organization: It sounds dull, but it rocks
      1m 8s
    2. The terrible battle
      3m 3s
    3. Assembling the base composition
      5m 46s
    4. Adding adjustment layers
      4m 55s
    5. Creating a layer group
      2m 24s
    6. Grouping selected layers
      3m 13s
    7. Making the TV lines
      4m 17s
    8. Introducing layer comps
      5m 52s
    9. Saving your own layer comps
      6m 40s
    10. Final footnotes
      5m 9s
  6. 1h 23m
    1. Parametric operations
      1m 4s
    2. The power of blend modes
      6m 44s
    3. Changing the Opacity value
      5m 35s
    4. Opacity vs. Fill Opacity
      4m 37s
    5. Meet the blend modes
      5m 38s
    6. Blend mode shortcuts
      5m 52s
    7. The darkening modes
      6m 12s
    8. Tempering a Burn effect with the Fill value
      3m 53s
    9. Saving a blended state
      2m 54s
    10. The lightening modes
      4m 55s
    11. The contrast modes
      7m 13s
    12. The comparative modes
      7m 25s
    13. The composite (HSL) modes
      6m 2s
    14. The brush-only modes
      8m 11s
    15. Blending groups
      7m 10s
  7. 1h 27m
    1. At this point, there is a great shift...
      59s
    2. Messing with the masters
      2m 28s
    3. Scaling a layer to fit a composition
      6m 39s
    4. Merging clock face and cardinal
      2m 2s
    5. Rotating the minute hand
      7m 42s
    6. Replaying the last transformation
      3m 50s
    7. Second hand and shadows
      5m 0s
    8. Series duplication
      3m 23s
    9. Skews and perspective-style distortions
      6m 43s
    10. The envelope-style Warp function
      7m 32s
    11. Introducing the Liquify command
      5m 9s
    12. Adjusting the brush settings
      4m 2s
    13. Viewing layers and the mesh
      4m 18s
    14. Incrementally undoing undesirable effects
      4m 5s
    15. Twirl, pucker, and bloat
      2m 2s
    16. Push, mirror, and turbulence
      4m 37s
    17. Protecting regions with a mask
      3m 41s
    18. Applying a digital facelift
      10m 53s
    19. Saving and loading mesh settings
      2m 31s
  8. 1h 18m
    1. Planes and perspective
      1m 7s
    2. The Blue Gallery
      2m 47s
    3. Introducing Vanishing Point 2.0
      5m 30s
    4. Drawing out perpendicular planes
      6m 54s
    5. Exporting the gridlines to a layer
      4m 45s
    6. Cloning an image from one plane to another
      7m 58s
    7. Blending the image into its new home
      6m 31s
    8. Healing away the sockets
      7m 48s
    9. Importing a new image
      6m 20s
    10. Masking and shading the image
      7m 27s
    11. Flat in, perspective out
      5m 57s
    12. Adding perspective type
      4m 50s
    13. Swinging planes to custom angles
      6m 2s
    14. Wrapping art around multiple surfaces
      4m 35s
  9. 1h 15m
    1. Type: The great imaging exception
      54s
    2. Creating an independent text layer
      6m 39s
    3. Editing vector-based text
      6m 38s
    4. Working with area text
      6m 15s
    5. Resizing the text frame
      6m 4s
    6. Obscure but important formatting options
      7m 25s
    7. Text editing tricks and shortcuts
      9m 38s
    8. Adding a ghostly cast shadow
      6m 19s
    9. Backlighting the text
      2m 48s
    10. Creating type on a path
      7m 37s
    11. Pasting text along the bottom of a circle
      3m 50s
    12. Flip and baseline shift
      3m 15s
    13. Warping text
      3m 58s
    14. Scaling the warped text to taste
      4m 18s
  10. 1m 11s
    1. See ya for now
      1m 11s

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