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For this installment of Photoshop for Designers, Nigel French explains the fundamentals of working with type in Photoshop, distinguishing when it is appropriate to set type in Photoshop rather than InDesign or Illustrator and what makes Photoshop unique for certain type treatments. This course demonstrates essential techniques, such as entering and editing text; interacting with type layers; and adjusting the color, transparency, character and paragraph formatting of type.
Grouping layers can be a very timesaving production technique, especially when working in situations like this where we are creating a nav bar. As well as creating the on state for the buttons, we also want to create the over state, which will be perhaps in a different color. So I've created these buttons, and I'm now going to put them into a group. So I'm going to select them all like so, by holding down the Shift key, clicking the first one, and then clicking the last one, and then pressing Command+G or Ctrl+G to put them into a group. So now I can just copy that group to get a whole second set.
Just drag that group onto the New Layer icon. So now I have a copy. I'm going to name the first group the up state, and I'm going to name the second group the over state. And we'll now turn off the Visibility on up, expand the over state, and I'm going to select all of those, with the exception of the Pipes separating them. Let's say I want to change the color here, so perhaps I want to go to some sort of orange color as the over state.
So I will choose my Type tool and then come and click on my color box and then choose a color. Then that color will be applied to all of those layers. So my next step would be to slice this into individual slices, and then I can save out the different states of each layer with the appropriate color applied.
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