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Exploring character (point) type

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Video: Exploring character (point) type

Photoshop has a powerful text engine that makes adding type to a document quick and intuitive. In this lesson, we're going to learn how to add point text and then refine it using the Options bar and the Character panel. To create our headline across the top, we'll select the Type tool by tapping the T key. Then we can choose our options in the Options bar such as our font and size. We can also re-edit the type at any time and make changes. For this example, I'll use Myriad Pro, but you can use whatever typeface you like.

Exploring character (point) type

Photoshop has a powerful text engine that makes adding type to a document quick and intuitive. In this lesson, we're going to learn how to add point text and then refine it using the Options bar and the Character panel. To create our headline across the top, we'll select the Type tool by tapping the T key. Then we can choose our options in the Options bar such as our font and size. We can also re-edit the type at any time and make changes. For this example, I'll use Myriad Pro, but you can use whatever typeface you like.

We'll click anywhere in the image and then start typing the word Revive. If I want to make the text larger without entering in the text or selecting the text, I can hold down the Command key, which will give me the transformation handle, and then I can click on the anchor point and drag. If I want to maintain the proportions of the text, I'll hold down the Shift key. Once I've got the type the size that I want it, if I let go of the Command and Shift key and I position my cursor away from the type, you'll notice that the cursor changes to the Move tool icon.

I can then click and drag to reposition my type. In order to commit to the type, I can either click on the Check icon or hold down the Command key on Mac, Ctrl key on Windows, and tap the Return or Enter key. Notice that on my Layers panel, the Type layer is automatically named whatever it is that you typed. To re-edit the text, type anywhere on top of the text. To select all of the text, click and swipe over it, or use the keyboard shortcut Command+A or Ctrl+A. Let's make this a little bit bolder by selecting the Bold option.

Now, I'll want to reposition this, so again, moving my cursor away from the text and then clicking and dragging will allow me to do so before I even commit to the type. Once it's positioned correctly, let's click on the checkmark, because I want to show you another way to make changes. If you want to change the entire line of text, you don't actually have to select the text. In fact, even if I've switched to a different tool, say for example I've tapped the M key to get the Marquee tool, if I want to change my type, the easiest way to not only select the text but also switch to the Type tool is to double-click on the T icon in the Layers panel.

Now, we can use the options across the top to change the color. We can either select from the color picker or position our cursor in the image area and click to sample a color from the photograph. Then, we can refine that, click OK, and make that change. Again, to apply that change, you can either click on the checkmark or use the keyboard shortcut Command+Return. If you simply use the Return key, you're likely to either delete the text or add a text break.

One of the great advantages of using type in Photoshop is that you don't have to worry about scaling the type up or down. You can do that as many times as you want, because text is vector-based and therefore it's infinitely scalable, so you never lose quality. Let's add a little bit more text to this image. Instead of having us type out a lot of text, I've added a note here in the file. We can view that note by either double- clicking on the icon or by going under the Window menu and then selecting Notes.

I'll click on the note in order to edit it, and I'll make the Note panel a little bit larger by clicking on the grabber handle and dragging down. I want to select the top two lines in the note, so I'll click and drag in order to select those and then use Command+C or Ctrl+C to copy them. Then we won't need this Notes panel visible, so let's click on the double-arrow there to just close it. Then, I'll tap the T key to return back to the Type tool and click again in my image area. Now, I'll use Command+V or Ctrl+V in order to paste in that type.

You'll notice that when you're using point type, or headline type, if you want to have more than one line of type, you have to manually break the type. So I will click before the word Fortunately in order to add my text insertion point, and then tap the Return key in order to get my second line of text. There are a lot of additional options that can be found in the Character panel, so I'll click on the icon in the Options bar, and we'll take a look at what we can change. So not only can we change the font as well as the size here, but if we select the text, we can make changes to the tracking, or the amount of space between each of the characters.

If I just want to increase or decrease the spacing between two characters, then I would use the Kerning option, but I would need to go and click between the two characters where I want to make the change. Then that becomes accessible. If I want to change the spacing or the leading between the two lines of text, I would select both lines and then use the Leading option here. You'll notice I can either select from the list or I can click and swipe to select the value and then use my arrow keys to increase or decrease the values to get the exact layout that I want.

I'll go ahead and apply the changes that we just did. Probably the most important thing to remember when you are working with point type or headline type is that you need to select the individual characters if you only want to change part of the type. For example, if I just wanted the word Fortunately to be italicized, I could double-click on the word or we could click and drag in order to select just that portion of the type. Then I could either use the Character panel or we could go to the Options Bar and I could change that to italic.

Likewise, if I just wanted to change the color of one word, or even if I wanted to change the typeface, you just need to remember that you have to select the type that you want to affect. All right! I'll click the checkmark in order to apply that text. And let me just show you a little shortcut that might help you when you are selecting different typefaces. As long as you have the Type tool selected--and you can't have anything selected actually in the type, so you can't be editing your type, so escape out of there. But if you've got the Type tool selected, you can tap the Enter key and that will automatically select the font. That allows me to use my arrow keys to move down through my fonts, or the up arrow key to move back up through the font, so that I can see a quick preview of my type.

In addition, if a font is selected, meaning that it's highlighted here, I can type in the name of a font. For example, if I wanted to change this to Minion, I could just start typing that in and then tap the Return or the Enter key to apply that to my text. So there you have it, an introduction to point type, otherwise known as headline type. Just don't forget, if you only want to change a portion of the type, select what you want to affect first and then make your changes.

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Photoshop CS6 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 42s
    1. What is Photoshop?
      1m 42s
  2. 1m 11s
    1. Welcome
      1m 11s
  3. 32m 15s
    1. What is Adobe Bridge?
      2m 49s
    2. Getting photos from a camera
      4m 27s
    3. A tour of workspaces in Bridge
      5m 32s
    4. Customizing how thumbnails are displayed
      3m 44s
    5. Changing file names and batch renaming
      2m 58s
    6. Adding basic metadata with metadata templates
      5m 10s
    7. Creating and applying keywords to images
      4m 58s
    8. Viewing images in Full Screen Preview mode
      2m 37s
  4. 27m 1s
    1. Using Review mode to filter out rejected images
      4m 18s
    2. Saving images in collections
      4m 23s
    3. Rating and labeling images
      3m 46s
    4. Using the Filter panel to view different subsets
      4m 16s
    5. Using smart collections
      4m 18s
    6. Viewing final selects in a slideshow
      2m 21s
    7. Organizing groups of images into stacks
      3m 39s
  5. 32m 8s
    1. Comparing RAW and JPEG files
      6m 10s
    2. Starting in Camera Raw instead of Photoshop
      3m 12s
    3. Touring the Camera Raw interface
      9m 13s
    4. Previewing before and after adjustments
      3m 58s
    5. Toggling onscreen shadow and highlight clipping warnings
      3m 11s
    6. Choosing output settings
      3m 36s
    7. Saving a copy without going to Photoshop
      2m 48s
  6. 38m 37s
    1. Using the nondestructive Crop tool
      4m 42s
    2. Correcting a horizon line with the Straighten tool
      2m 41s
    3. Fixing color casts with the White Balance tool
      3m 50s
    4. Fixing blown-out highlights
      2m 56s
    5. Revealing hidden shadow details
      3m 7s
    6. Correcting lens distortion
      3m 25s
    7. Making perspective corrections to images
      2m 40s
    8. Removing color fringing and chromatic aberrations
      2m 28s
    9. Sharpening the details
      7m 45s
    10. Making an average photo great
      5m 3s
  7. 51m 2s
    1. Using the Graduated Filter tool
      6m 57s
    2. Making local adjustments with the Adjustments Brush
      10m 19s
    3. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Removal tool
      3m 41s
    4. Exploring a quick portrait retouching technique using Clarity
      4m 31s
    5. Converting to black and white
      2m 36s
    6. Editing images directly with the Targeted Adjustment tool
      3m 21s
    7. Creating selective color effects with the Adjustment Brush
      6m 5s
    8. Using sepia and split-tone effects
      3m 33s
    9. Adding digital film grain texture effects
      2m 20s
    10. Adding vignettes and border effects
      3m 59s
    11. Saving variations within a single file with the Snapshot command
      3m 40s
  8. 15m 13s
    1. Copying and pasting settings across files
      2m 4s
    2. Processing multiple files in Camera Raw
      3m 22s
    3. Saving and using the library of Camera Raw presets
      6m 48s
    4. Using Image Processor to batch process files
      2m 59s
  9. 30m 24s
    1. Opening files from Bridge
      2m 7s
    2. Opening files from Mini Bridge
      2m 51s
    3. Customizing the Mini Bridge panel
      3m 59s
    4. Using the Application frame
      3m 34s
    5. Managing panels
      5m 14s
    6. Switching and saving workspaces
      4m 39s
    7. Switching tools using the keyboard
      2m 47s
    8. Customizing the keyboard shortcuts
      5m 13s
  10. 10m 25s
    1. Working with tabbed documents
      1m 34s
    2. Arranging documents
      1m 52s
    3. Stopping Photoshop from tabbing documents
      1m 32s
    4. Panning and zooming
      3m 14s
    5. Cycling through different screen modes
      2m 13s
  11. 15m 44s
    1. Understanding file formats
      4m 36s
    2. Choosing the resolution you need
      4m 39s
    3. Understanding Resize vs. Resample
      4m 11s
    4. Working with print sizes and resolution
      2m 18s
  12. 32m 53s
    1. Using Undo and the History panel
      3m 7s
    2. Using crop options
      3m 54s
    3. Understanding Hide vs. Delete for the Crop tool
      1m 46s
    4. Bringing back hidden pixels with Reveal All
      40s
    5. Making the canvas bigger with the Crop tool
      3m 31s
    6. Making the canvas bigger using the Relative option in the Canvas Size command
      2m 18s
    7. Using the Perspective Crop tool
      1m 27s
    8. Straightening a crooked image
      2m 29s
    9. Scaling, skewing, and rotating with Free Transform
      5m 46s
    10. Making nondestructive transformations with Smart Objects
      2m 34s
    11. Warping images
      2m 48s
    12. Preserving important elements with Content-Aware Scale
      2m 33s
  13. 30m 41s
    1. Exploring layer basics
      11m 16s
    2. Loading, selecting, and transforming layers
      8m 4s
    3. Organizing layers using layer groups
      5m 3s
    4. Merging, rasterizing, and flattening layers
      6m 18s
  14. 43m 11s
    1. Using the Marquee and Lasso tools
      5m 43s
    2. Combining selections
      4m 4s
    3. Converting a selection into a layer mask
      5m 29s
    4. Using the Quick Selection tool
      4m 35s
    5. Selecting soft-edged objects using Refine Edge
      9m 42s
    6. Touching up a layer mask with the Brush tool
      7m 22s
    7. Changing the opacity, size, and hardness of the painting tools
      3m 17s
    8. Blending images with a gradient layer mask
      2m 59s
  15. 34m 36s
    1. Introducing adjustment layers
      3m 47s
    2. Starting with a preset
      2m 18s
    3. Improving tonal quality with Levels
      5m 31s
    4. Increasing midtone contrast with Curves
      6m 44s
    5. Removing a color cast with Auto Color
      2m 30s
    6. Changing the color temperature with Photo Filter
      2m 29s
    7. Shifting colors with Hue/Saturation
      4m 41s
    8. Making washed-out colors pop with Vibrance
      2m 48s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      1m 47s
    10. Controlling which layers are affected by an adjustment layer
      2m 1s
  16. 19m 33s
    1. Adjusting shadows and highlights
      5m 44s
    2. Replacing color using Selective Color
      3m 49s
    3. Using fill layers to create a hand-painted look
      6m 5s
    4. Using a gradient fill layer to add a color wash
      3m 55s
  17. 52m 9s
    1. Removing blemishes with the Spot Healing Brush and the Patch tool
      12m 42s
    2. De-emphasizing wrinkles with the Healing Brush
      4m 52s
    3. Smoothing skin and pores with the High Pass filter
      6m 19s
    4. Making teeth bright and white with a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      3m 21s
    5. Brightening eyes with Curves
      7m 0s
    6. Taming flyaway hair with the Patch tool
      3m 44s
    7. Removing unwanted details with Content-Aware Fill
      5m 49s
    8. Body sculpting with Liquify
      8m 22s
  18. 24m 12s
    1. Creating panoramas with Photomerge and Auto-Blend
      4m 48s
    2. Combining multiple frames in an action sequence
      8m 44s
    3. Swapping heads in a family portrait
      10m 40s
  19. 38m 26s
    1. Overview of filters
      2m 52s
    2. Applying filters nondestructively using Smart Filters
      5m 18s
    3. Creating a soft glow with the Gaussian Blur filter
      3m 35s
    4. Creating an infrared look with Diffuse Glow
      2m 14s
    5. Adding noise with the Add Noise filter
      6m 27s
    6. Sharpening an image with Unsharp Mask
      5m 11s
    7. Giving an image texture with the Texturizer filter
      1m 49s
    8. Using the Field, Iris, and Tilt-Shift Blurs
      6m 1s
    9. Creating a painting with the Oil Paint filter
      1m 34s
    10. Applying a filter to multiple layers
      3m 25s
  20. 22m 16s
    1. Cycling through the blending modes
      6m 42s
    2. Adding a lens flare effect with Screen
      2m 40s
    3. Scanning or photographing paper to add a deckled edge
      3m 1s
    4. Making a cast shadow more realistic with Multiply
      5m 21s
    5. Sharpening an image with High Pass and Overlay
      2m 26s
    6. Adding a realistic off-center vignette
      2m 6s
  21. 20m 9s
    1. Exploring character (point) type
      7m 6s
    2. Adding paragraph (area) type
      3m 38s
    3. Adding type on a path
      4m 44s
    4. Clipping an image inside type
      3m 3s
    5. Warping type
      1m 38s
  22. 15m 57s
    1. Adding a drop shadow effect
      6m 15s
    2. Adding edges, textures, and color overlays using layer styles
      4m 27s
    3. Creating a transparent logo or watermark
      2m 42s
    4. Knowing how and when to scale layer effects
      2m 33s
  23. 15m 45s
    1. Creating contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Using the Output workspace in Bridge
      5m 32s
    3. Exporting web photo galleries
      4m 20s
    4. Saving for the web
      3m 4s
  24. 23m 38s
    1. Working with video clips
      9m 29s
    2. Adding special effects to video
      5m 45s
    3. Adding pans and zooms to still images
      8m 24s
  25. 1m 10s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 10s

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