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Font and type style tricks


Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate

with Deke McClelland

Video: Font and type style tricks

In this movie, I'll show you how to assign a type face, better known as a font, as well as cycle through the various type styles included in the font family. And I'll also pass along a few tips and tricks that'll make your job a whole lot easier. At anytime that you want to modify text inside of the options bar.
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  1. 2m 4s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 4s
  2. 1h 1m
    1. The best of Photoshop automation
    2. Content-Aware Fill and Color Adaptation (CC 2014)
      7m 44s
    3. Combining two layers with a layer mask (CC 2014)
      5m 37s
    4. Content-aware healing (CC 2014)
      10m 17s
    5. Introducing the Patch tool
      3m 43s
    6. Using Content-Aware Patch
      7m 17s
    7. Retouching with Content-Aware Patch
      3m 45s
    8. Using the Content-Aware Move tool
      7m 41s
    9. Using Content-Aware Extend
      2m 4s
    10. The Content-Aware Scale command
      6m 35s
    11. Scaling in multiple passes
      2m 22s
    12. Protecting skin tones
      3m 31s
  3. 32m 55s
    1. Editing the histogram
      1m 50s
    2. The new automatic Levels adjustment
      4m 33s
    3. Customizing a Levels adjustment
      4m 53s
    4. Understanding the Gamma value
      2m 7s
    5. Opening up the shadows
      2m 48s
    6. Previewing clipped pixels
      3m 40s
    7. Retouching with Output Levels
      4m 25s
    8. Making channel-by-channel adjustments
      2m 19s
    9. Faking a gray card in post
      2m 51s
    10. Assigning shortcuts to adjustment layers
      3m 29s
  4. 57m 43s
    1. How sharpening works
      1m 38s
    2. Introducing the Smart Sharpen filter
      6m 56s
    3. Understanding the Radius value
      5m 20s
    4. Gauging the best sharpening settings
      5m 45s
    5. Addressing color artifacts and clipping
      5m 49s
    6. The Remove and Reduce Noise options
      4m 22s
    7. The Shadows/Highlights options
      7m 36s
    8. Correcting for camera shake
      6m 47s
    9. Sharpening with the Emboss filter
      5m 45s
    10. Sharpening with the High Pass filter
      4m 44s
    11. Painting in sharpness
      3m 1s
  5. 1h 12m
    1. Vector-based type
      1m 35s
    2. Creating and editing point text
      8m 8s
    3. Font and type style tricks
      7m 58s
    4. Type size and color tricks
      6m 42s
    5. Kerning and tracking characters
      8m 9s
    6. Creating and editing area text
      3m 50s
    7. Selecting and formatting paragraphs
      6m 50s
    8. Setting text inside a custom path
      5m 34s
    9. Creating text along a path
      6m 12s
    10. Adjusting baseline shift
      4m 45s
    11. Creating and stylizing a logo
      6m 49s
    12. Masking text into image elements
      6m 14s
  6. 1h 9m
    1. The other vector-based layer
      1m 39s
    2. Dotted borders and corner roundness
      8m 14s
    3. Drawing and aligning custom shapes
      3m 55s
    4. Creating your own repeatable custom shape
      5m 43s
    5. Selecting and modifying path outlines (CC 2014)
      6m 5s
    6. Isolating selected layers (CC 2014)
      6m 39s
    7. Combining simple shapes to make complex ones
      6m 31s
    8. Cropping, adjusting, and merging shapes
      8m 49s
    9. Creating a soft, synthetic sparkle
      6m 22s
    10. Saving a resolution-independent PDF file
      6m 42s
    11. Turning a small image into a huge one
      8m 38s
  7. 1h 14m
    1. Depth, contour, and texture
      1m 28s
    2. Imparting depth with a layer effect
      9m 9s
    3. The power of the drop shadow
      7m 37s
    4. Modifying a layer and its effects
      6m 21s
    5. Saving custom default settings
      4m 12s
    6. Creating a custom contour
      8m 5s
    7. Introducing Bevel and Emboss
      8m 8s
    8. Multiple effects and multiple layers
      7m 45s
    9. Global Light and rasterizing effects
      8m 5s
    10. Gloss and surface contour
      6m 4s
    11. Adding texture to Bevel and Emboss
      7m 21s
  8. 34m 48s
    1. Styles store settings
      1m 38s
    2. Creating and applying a paragraph style
      3m 41s
    3. Redefining a style and styling a word
      5m 38s
    4. Creating and styling a placeholder style
      5m 43s
    5. Applying and creating layer styles
      5m 45s
    6. Loading and customizing layer styles
      5m 42s
    7. Merging and saving layer styles
      6m 41s
  9. 56m 48s
    1. Meet the transformations
      1m 55s
    2. Transformations and Smart Objects
      5m 46s
    3. Adjusting the interpolation setting
      5m 10s
    4. Rotating a layer with Free Transform
      5m 22s
    5. Scale, duplicate, and repeat
      4m 30s
    6. Creating a synthetic star field
      5m 20s
    7. Warping a logo with Arc and Flag
      5m 34s
    8. Distort, perspective, and skew
      4m 15s
    9. Using transformations to draw and correct
      7m 0s
    10. Bolstering text with layer effects
      5m 43s
    11. Adding highlights with Lens Flare
      6m 13s
  10. 43m 36s
    1. Removing the weight that the camera adds
      1m 7s
    2. The Warp and Reconstruct tools
      6m 44s
    3. Brush size, hardness, and opacity
      4m 29s
    4. The Pucker, Bloat, Push, and Twirl tools
      7m 12s
    5. Saving and reapplying Liquify settings
      4m 9s
    6. Lifting and slimming details
      9m 42s
    7. Warping legs, arms, and fabric
      5m 33s
    8. Improving a model's posture
      4m 40s
  11. 58m 46s
    1. Shoot in color, convert to black and white
      1m 55s
    2. Three ways to grayscale
      5m 36s
    3. Mixing a custom black-and-white image
      7m 31s
    4. Simulating an infrared photograph
      6m 39s
    5. Creating a sienna-infused sepia tone
      5m 38s
    6. Creating a hyper-saturated image
      5m 26s
    7. Introducing the Black & White command
      3m 16s
    8. Customizing the Black & White settings
      4m 50s
    9. Black & White meets the Channel Mixer
      7m 29s
    10. Infusing an image with tint and color
      5m 9s
    11. Grayscale and Split Tone in Camera Raw
      5m 17s
  12. 41m 34s
    1. The many ways to print
      1m 41s
    2. Using the test document
      3m 18s
    3. Print, position, and size
      5m 57s
    4. Description and printing marks
      3m 3s
    5. Establishing a bleed
      3m 44s
    6. Getting reliable color
      5m 54s
    7. Special printing options
      5m 1s
    8. Previewing an image at print size
      4m 16s
    9. Creating contact sheets
      4m 49s
    10. Creating a multipage PDF
      3m 51s
  13. 31m 9s
    1. Making Internet imagery
      1m 6s
    2. Introducing Save for Web
      4m 39s
    3. Creating the perfect JPEG image
      5m 14s
    4. Creating a high-contrast GIF image
      6m 23s
    5. The two varieties of PNG
      3m 57s
    6. Downsampling for the web
      5m 59s
    7. Adding copyright and contact info
      3m 51s
  14. 1m 3s
    1. Until next time
      1m 3s

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10h 37m Intermediate Aug 19, 2013 Updated Sep 18, 2014

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Photoshop CC One-on-One is back, and this installment teaches you how to build on your basic knowledge and achieve next-level effects with this premiere image-editing program. Industry pro Deke McClelland shows you how to seamlessly move and patch areas of a photo with the Content-Aware toolset; stretch the brightness of a scene with automatic and custom Levels adjustments; create intricate designs with text and shapes; and morph an image with layer effects and transformations. Deke also shares his techniques for sharpening details, whether addressing noise and highlight/shadow clipping or camera shake, and converting a full-color image to black and white. The final chapters show you how to best print and save images for the web, making sure all your hard work pays off in the final output.

Topics include:
  • Performing automatic retouch, scaling, and more with the Content-Aware tools
  • Editing the histogram
  • Customizing a Levels adjustment
  • Making channel-by-channel Levels adjustments
  • Sharpening with the Smart Sharpen, Emboss, and High Pass filters
  • Working with vector-based type
  • Kerning and tracking characters
  • Creating text on a path
  • Drawing and customizing shapes
  • Creating depth, contour, and texture with layer effects
  • Liquifying an image
  • Simulating an infrared photo
  • Adjusting print position, size, and color
  • Creating the perfect JPEG image
  • Downsampling for the web
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Font and type style tricks

In this movie, I'll show you how to assign a type face, better known as a font, as well as cycle through the various type styles included in the font family. And I'll also pass along a few tips and tricks that'll make your job a whole lot easier. At anytime that you want to modify text inside of Photoshop you need to first make sure that the proper text layer is active. In my case the 365 layer here inside the layers panel, and then you need to switch to the type tool which you can get of course by pressing the t key. And then you're going to see a handful of formatting options up here in the options bar. You can also click on this little panel icon in order to bring up the character panel which contains still more options. And we'll be reviewing these various formatting attributes over the course of this chapter. For now, I'm going to hide the character panel. Now, you can select text if you want to, that is to say you can drag over the text using the type tool. But you only have to do that if you want to format one or more characters independently of the others. So what I'm going to do before I select any text here, I'm going to press and hold the space bar. Because obviously, if I select some text and then I press and hold the space bar, I'm going to enter a bunch of spaced characters, which is not what I want. So I'll press Ctrl+period or Cmd+period on the Mac to abandon that change.

And then I'll just go ahead and space bar drag the window over so that we'll be able to see 365 as we modify the font. And now, let's say, I just want to change this six. I'll go ahead and drag over the six using the type tool. And then I'll go up here to the first pop-up menu, which lists the font and the style, as you can see. Currently it's Myriad Pro Semibold. But if I want something different, I just go ahead and click on this down-pointing arrowhead to bring up this pop up menu of font options. And notice as I move my cursor up and down the list, that the six is changing on the fly to whatever font appears under my cursor.

I want to go ahead and scroll to a different section of the menu, so I'll go ahead and click on the scroll bar. Now, one of the dangers of clicking on the scroll bar is that every once in a while you're going to find that the width of this menu changes. So, if you click a bunch of times in a row you may actually click off the menu at a point and that'll make the menu disappear. So often times you're better using the scroll wheel on your mouse in order to scroll up and down the list. And I figure, just for the sake of demonstration here, I'll switch to this guy, Harlo Standard Italic Italic, which happens to be available on this machine. It's very possible it's not available on yours, in which case just select some other font. And we end up this effect here. And then if I like what I see, I'll just go ahead and press the Enter key on the numerical keypad or, nowadays, you can press the Esc key in order to accept that change. But more likely, when you're working with point text, which is specifically designed for big display type that exists all at one single line, you're going to want to format all the characters together.

In which case, you don't have to select any text with the type tool. You just need to make sure that the type tool is active. And of course, you have to make sure the right layer is active as well, and then, notice the font option is currently blank, and that's because more than one font is currently assigned to this layer. To override that, I'll just go head and click the down pointing arrow head once again, and I'll select a different font such as Jokerman regular. And obviously, these are over the top fonts, but they help to make the point. Now notice when you bring up that menu you see these font previews listed over here in this right-hand column. You can change the size of those previews by going up to the Type menu, choosing Font Preview Size, and then choosing whatever you like.

In my case I seem to have set things to extra large, but I could get even larger previews by selecting huge. And as you can see, if I bring that menu up, once again we do indeed have some very large previews, and what the heck, I'll go ahead and choose Hobo this time around. Now, that's great when you're just sort of fishing around for fonts and you just want to see the previews and all that jazz, but there's some easier ways to work that are available to you. For one, you can select the font name any time you like just by pressing the Enter key, or the Return key on the Mac, and that by the way, works for every single tool.

If I had the rectangle tool selected, and I pressed the Enter key or the Return key, I would select the feather option right there. Assuming that you don't want to modify the feather setting, you would just press the Escape key in order to deactivate that option. Now, that little trick doesn't tend to be that useful with most tools, but it's super useful with the type tool. So I'll go ahead and select the type tool, and then I'll press the Enter key, or the Return key on the Mac, to highlight that font option. And now you can just press the down arrow key to advance alphabetically from one font to the next or you can press the up arrow key to move backwards.

And as we see, I've once again gone and selected Joker Man. And now, to accept that change, you want to press Enter or Return. If you press Esc, then you'll abandon that change. You also have the option of entering a specific font name. So, if I press the Enter key in order to highlight the font. That's the Return key on a Mac. And let's say I know I want to use the typeface Minion, which is available with your Creative Cloud subscription. Then I would just type in M-I-N, and it's possible that's going to be enough, but in my case it's not, so I'll also type I-O-N, which is the entire name of the font. So M-I-N-I-O-N. We'll go ahead and select Minion.

And it's anyone's guess which Minion it's going to select, but I'll just go ahead and press the Enter key, or the Return key on the Mac, and because I hovered my cursor over Minion Pro Regular, that's what Photoshop went ahead and applied. But let's say I want a different type style. Well, I press the Enter key once again, or the Return key on the Mac, to highlight that font, and then I press the tab key to advance to the type style window. And now, let's say I want Bold. Well, I can press the down arrow key to advance to bold, or I can try to just typing it in, B-O-L, for example. That unfortunately gets me the first bold, which is bold condensed, which is not what I want.

So I'll continue typing D space I, this time to give bold italic. And then I'll press the up arrow key to get bold instead, and then I'll press the Enter key, or the Return key on a Mac, to accept that change. Now you're probably noticing by now that we don't have bold and italic icons here inside Photoshop. They kind of do exist inside the character panel. If I bring up the character panel, you can see that we've got this icon right here, which is Faux Bold and its neighbor, Faux Italic.

But those are false styles. They're just designed to bulk up or slant the type. They are not the designers styles. And the reason that we don't have bold and italic icons in Photoshop is because frankly, that's a stupid way to work. Because most fonts aren't limited to Bold and Italic styles. Many fonts, especially display fonts, don't necessarily have those styles at all. There's a lot of single style fonts out there. And then, a big font family like Minion Pro, includes many more styles as we can see right here.

Which is why Photoshop always presents you with only those type styles, which is why Photoshop only presents you with those type styles that are provided by the fonts' designer. And those friends, are a few tips and tricks for changing both the font and type style here inside Photoshop.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate .

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Q: This course was updated on 09/18/2014. What changed?
A: Deke updated the course to reflect changes in the 2014 version of Photoshop CC. The updates are concentrated in "The Content-Aware Collection" and "Creating and Formatting Text" chapters, but there are new movies sprinkled throughout the course as well.
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