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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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