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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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