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Font and type style tricks

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Video: Font and type style tricks

In this movie, I'll show you how to change the type face, better known as the font as well the type style, such as bold or italic associated with the type layer. And I'll also pass along a few tips and tricks that will make this job easier. Notice that I still have my Type tool selected. You can change one or more letters independent of the others inside of a type layer just by selecting them. And then you can modify the options up here in the Options bar, as well as others that are available to you in the Character panel. Which you can get to by clicking on this little Panel icon up here in the Options bar.

Font and type style tricks

In this movie, I'll show you how to change the type face, better known as the font as well the type style, such as bold or italic associated with the type layer. And I'll also pass along a few tips and tricks that will make this job easier. Notice that I still have my Type tool selected. You can change one or more letters independent of the others inside of a type layer just by selecting them. And then you can modify the options up here in the Options bar, as well as others that are available to you in the Character panel. Which you can get to by clicking on this little Panel icon up here in the Options bar.

And notice that the Character panel gives us access to many more options, but I'm going to go ahead and hide it for now, we'll see it later. However in my case, I just want to change the contents of this entire Text layer, so I'll press the Escape key. And what that does is it deactivates the text as you can see. And it also keeps the Type tool selected. That way I have my formatting options available to me up here in the Options bar. Because if I were working with some other tool, those options would disappear. Alright. I'll go ahead and press the T key in order to switch back to the Time tool.

Now, one way to change the font is to click on this down pointing arrow head, next to the font name. And in addition to all of the fonts that are installed on your system. And the fonts that are installed on your system and mine will differ, by the way. You also see this little preview of the font. And if you ask me, these previews are very useful but they're not big enough. So, if you want to make them bigger, then go ahead and Esc out of that Popup menu and go up to the new Type menu. Then drop down to Font Preview Size and notice that you can select different sizes.

So, I could bump it up to Extra Large or even Huge, which is what I'm going to select. And that's what I recommend as well, especially if you're working on a larger screen, which you undoubtedly will be. Then go ahead and once again click on that down pointing arrow head and you can see much better previews. Of course you're not really going to know how the font looks when assigned to the Active layer until you go ahead and select it. So, for my part I'll select Old English text here and that produces this effect. And if you want to get a better idea of what that text looks like then press Ctrl+1 or Cmd+1 on a Mac in order to zoom to 100%.

Now, something to bear in mind where zooming is concerned, text inside Photoshop is vector based. It's resolution independent so you're not locked down to the resolution of your image. However, if you were to zoom in, you will see big pixels just like you will with anything inside Photoshop and that's just the function of Photoshop preview. If you zoom in beyond 100% you're going to see bigger pixels that's always the way it is. Regardless of whether you're working with pixel based layers or vector based layers such as text. Anyways I'm going to zoom back out.

Now, what I find when I'm trying to format my text is I just don't always know which font I want to use. I want to, sort of, cycle through a few fonts in order to get a sense for how they look when applied to the active Text layer. And I don't always know what fonts are available on my system. So, if you want to cycle through fonts, what you do is you press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac. In order to automatically highlight the first option in the Options bar. This works with any tool, by the way inside Photoshop but it's most useful when working with text. So, I've highlighted the Font option and, now I can press the down arrow key in order to cycle forward in alphabetical order through my fonts.

Or I can press the up arrow key in order to cycle backward, that is in reverse alphabetical order through each and every one of the fonts installed in my system. Now, if you choose to work this way, which is great, you just need to bear in mind that you're cluttering your History panel. And history is the way that Photoshop keeps track of multiple undo's. So, if I go up to the Window menu and choose the History command, you can see that each and every instance of me switching to a different font has been saved as a unique state.

And so what that can end up meaning is that if you actually did anything significant in the past that you want to go back to, you may actually lose your ability to reach any state before you change the font. So, just by way of a sidebar here. By default Photoshop goes ahead and saves the last 20 history states. If you want to bump up that number, then press Ctrl+K or Cmd+K on a Mac to bring up the Preferences dialog box. And then click on Performance in the left hand list. And notice you have the ability to change the number history states.

And you can take that number all the way up to 1,000 if you want to. I don't recommend you go that high because, after all, Photoshop has to save all these history states in its RAM. And that can end up causing performance issues. Unless you're the kind of person who creates web graphics, very small graphics, then this may actually work out for you. But this would be 1,000 history states per open image, so that's a lot. Now, by virtue of the fact I increased the number of states to 1,000, that doesn't mean it's going to remember anything, it didn't remember before I changed this value.

That just means it will keep track of that many states from now on. Anyway, I'm going to cancel out because 20 is fine for me. Just want you to bear in mind that that's the case there. Go ahead and close that panel. Another way to work is to press the Enter key or the Return key on a Mac in order to highlight that Font option. And then if you know the font that you want to work with, for example I want to change this text to minion pro, then you can type in the first few letters of that font name. For example, in my case I just had to type in m i n, and Photoshop went ahead and selected Minion Pro.

And now if I press the Enter key or the Return key on a Mac in order to accept that change, you can see that Photoshop has changed the font assigned to this entire Text layer. So again, the Type tool needs to be active in order to access these Font options but the text doesn't have to be selected with the Type tool. Next door to the Font option, we have the Type style. Now, notice that Photoshop, as well as the other creative suite programs, they don't have buttons. You're not going to see a Bold button and an Italic button and that kind of thing. And that's because a lot of fonts out there don't offer bold and italic styles.

And not only that, many fonts offer many more styles. And so instead what you have is a Style pop-up menu, click the down pointing arrowhead and you can see where Minion is concerned. We've got at least on this system Bold Condensed, Bold Condensed Italic, Regular in Italic, Medium in Italic. Which I believe are the same as Regular in Italic in this case. Semibold and Semibold Italic, slightly bolder. And then full on bold, in Bold Italics. So, we have access to every single type style that the designers thought fit to create for this specific font.

Now, you can access the type styles from the keyboard as well. And to do that, just go ahead and press the Enter key or the Return key on a Mac in order to highlight that font name. And then press the Tab key to move forward to the Type Style option. And then I'll press the down arrow key to cycle forward through each one of the font styles that is available to me. Or I can press the up arrow key to cycle backward. In any case, what I eventually want is bold. So, when I see Bold in the Type Style option, I'll press the Enter key or the Return key on a Mac in order to accept that change.

And that's how you modify the font and the type style of a Text layer with maximum efficiency.

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Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate

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  1. 2m 4s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 4s
  2. 1h 1m
    1. The best of Photoshop automation
      35s
    2. Content-Aware Fill and Color Adaptation (CC 2014) NEW
      7m 44s
    3. Combining two layers with a layer mask (CC 2014) NEW
      5m 37s
    4. Content-aware healing (CC 2014) NEW
      10m 17s
    5. Introducing the Patch tool
      3m 43s
    6. Using Content-Aware Patch UPDATED
      7m 17s
    7. Retouching with Content-Aware Patch UPDATED
      3m 45s
    8. Using the Content-Aware Move tool UPDATED
      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 UPDATED
      8m 8s
    3. Font and type style tricks UPDATED
      7m 58s
    4. Type size and color tricks UPDATED
      6m 42s
    5. Kerning and tracking characters UPDATED
      8m 9s
    6. Creating and editing area text UPDATED
      3m 50s
    7. Selecting and formatting paragraphs UPDATED
      6m 50s
    8. Setting text inside a custom path UPDATED
      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 UPDATED
      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) NEW
      6m 5s
    6. Isolating selected layers (CC 2014) NEW
      6m 39s
    7. Combining simple shapes to make complex ones UPDATED
      6m 31s
    8. Cropping, adjusting, and merging shapes UPDATED
      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 UPDATED
      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 UPDATED
      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 UPDATED
      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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