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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Advanced, the second part of the popular and comprehensive series, updated for CS5, follows internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland as he dives into the workings of Photoshop. He explores such digital-age wonders as the Levels and Curves commands, edge-detection filters, advanced compositing techniques, vector-based text, the Liquify filter, and Camera Raw. Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, and enhancing colors without harming the original image. Exercise files accompany the course.
Recommended prerequisite: Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals.
In this exercise, I'm going to show you the various ways to change the font and typestyle associated with the text layer inside a Photoshop. I'm still working inside Base layers. psd, and the only change I've made is to click with the Type tool, enter 365 and press Enter on the numerical keypad. Now there's a couple of different ways to re-format text inside of Photoshop. Both of which involve the Type tool. So go ahead and press the T key to get your Type tool. Now, you can if you wish format some characters independently of others inside of a single text layer and you do that by highlighting the desired characters.
For example, let's say I want to change this 6 independently of the 3 and 5 and then assign either font, style, type size or one of the options from the Character panel to your text. However, what's more likely when you're working with point text inside of Photoshop is that you're going to change the entire text layer at once, and that's what I'm going to do in this case as well. So I'll press the Escape key to cancel out of the text editing mode. My 365 layer is still active here inside the Layers panel. My Type tool is still active inside the toolbox.
So I still have access to the same formatting options in the Options bar. To change the font, click the down pointing arrowhead on that very first option, and you'll see a pop-up menu with an extensive list of the many fonts installed on your system. Now your fonts and my fonts are going to differ from each other. But chances are, regardless of your system, you're going to see a very long list of type sizes available to you. Photoshop tries to help you out by including these dinky examples of the fonts in this right-hand column.
If you'd like to see bigger examples here is what you do. Go ahead and escape out of that menu. Press Ctrl+K or Command+K on the Mac to bring up the Preferences dialog box and switch to this Type option right there. Make sure that Font Preview Size is turned on and then switch it to a different size. Something larger than medium, which is the default setting. If you have fairly large monitor, you will want to work with large or extra large. If you have a huge monitor, go with huge. I'm going to select Huge even though I have a dinky monitor. Then I'll click OK, and now if I bring up the Font menu I see extremely large samples of every single one of these fonts, which is great, but still, not everything that you need it to be necessarily.
For example, it's nice to be able to see what the font looks like when assigned to the word Sample. But that doesn't really tell you what the font looks like when assigned to 365 unless you go ahead and assign that font like so, and there it is. You go hmmm... That's not everything I imagined it to be. Maybe I want to check out one of the other fonts. Well, you could actually cycle through all of the fonts installed on your system in the following way. First of all, when you're working with any tool inside of Photoshop, I haven't mentioned this trick because it's not all that useful, but regardless of the selected tool, if it's got options in the Options bar.
You can select the first field by pressing the Enter key on the keyboard or the Return key on the Mac. So when the Type tool is active, pressing Enter or Return goes ahead and selects the Font option, which is really great and by the way if pressing Enter or Return doesn't do anything. Just try to press the key again, and see if that wakes things up. Sometimes, it requires a couple of presses of the key, but you will get it. And once you've selected that Font option, you can actually arrow through the various fonts installed on your system.
So I could press the down arrow key to advance to the next font in alphabetical order as I'm doing right now. And this gives me a chance to really, truly preview each and every font at any size I like and if I want to see it bigger, all I have to do is zoom in on my screen, like so. Now I'm too far zoomed in. I'm zoomed in beyond 100%, which isn't going to help me. So I'll just go ahead and view the text at 100% now. And this time, I'll press the up arrow key in order to cycle through the fonts backward, meaning reverse alphabetical order.
Now something you should bear in mind about this wonderful trick is that it does eat up resources in a kind of way. So each and every time you press that arrow key that is getting saved as an independent operation, and those operation show up here in the History panel. So if I bring up the History panel, you can see that my panel is now just chalk-full of setting the Character style. So if I had done anything remotely useful before the first time I changed the font it's gone.
So what I would recommend to you is before you start taking advantage of this trick, make sure to save your composition so you can revert back to last saved version in case you run into trouble. Anyway, just a precaution. Another thing you can do is you can switch to a very specific font by typing in the first few characters, for example, let's say I want to use the font called Minion Pro that's hopefully available to you and so I'll type in, and I'd like you to as well. Type in min, and that should be enough to get you to Minion Pro.
If not you might have to enter the additional ion after that. And then I'll press the Tab key in order to accept that modification and by pressing tab not only do I apply Minion Pro to my text. I also go ahead and tab over to my type style option. Now many programs will shorthand type styles. So just assume there's going to be a Bold style or an Italic style, and you'll have Bold and Italic buttons some place inside of some panel, somewhere or other. That's not the way things work inside of Photoshop or the other creative suite applications as a rule because Adobe prefers that you use the designer styles that are included along with the font because you never know.
If there's going to be a Bold style or an Italic style or a Bold Italic, it may be something entirely different, or it may be much more than that. For example, if I click this down pointing arrowhead in order to reveal the list of styles available with Minion Pro. I can see that there are a couple of condensed styles both Bold condensed, and then we have Regular and Italic just like we do with most fonts it's fairly common, and we have Medium and Medium Italic which I believe are basically the same styles repeated again. And then we have Semibold which is bolder with an Italic version and Bold which is boldest with an Italic version.
And by the way all I have to do to activate that option is to press the Enter key, the Return key on the Mac and then press Tab to walk over to that next field, and then I can press the down arrow key to cycle through the various styles that are available to me. Now, I want to cycle the way down to the Bold style. So ultimately I want to apply Minion Pro and Bold as you see onscreen here, and then I'll press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac in order to accept that modification. Now one more thing. I want to mention to you is all of these changes may be applied to multiple layers at once.
So if you want to change the font associated with a whole bunch of layers inside of your image. Then go ahead and click on one of those text layers and Shift+Click on another to select a range of layers like so, or you can click on one layer and Ctrl+Click or Command+Click on a nonadjacent layer to skip the layers in between. Then apply your modifications and your font and your typestyle and so on will be applied to all selected layers at once. Now that's not the way I want to work, but I want you to know that that option is available here inside of Photoshop.
So there we have a 365 set to Minion Pro Bold. In the next exercise, we will see how to adjust type size and other attributes.
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