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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.
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