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Inserting placeholder text

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Video: Inserting placeholder text

As you continue to design your web sites inside of Photoshop, you're going to find a need to use filler text every now and again. In Photoshop CS6 we actually have the option to insert "placeholder text" anytime we want using a menu item. Let's take a look how that works now. I'm going to create a brand-new document using Command+N or Ctrl+N on my keyboard, and I'll just hit Default Photoshop size underneath the Preset because it really doesn't matter how big this is, and I'll hit Ok. Once I do that, I am going to grab my Type tool and then with my Type tool selected, I'm going to click and drag out a box, something kind of like this.

Inserting placeholder text

As you continue to design your web sites inside of Photoshop, you're going to find a need to use filler text every now and again. In Photoshop CS6 we actually have the option to insert "placeholder text" anytime we want using a menu item. Let's take a look how that works now. I'm going to create a brand-new document using Command+N or Ctrl+N on my keyboard, and I'll just hit Default Photoshop size underneath the Preset because it really doesn't matter how big this is, and I'll hit Ok. Once I do that, I am going to grab my Type tool and then with my Type tool selected, I'm going to click and drag out a box, something kind of like this.

Once I do that, I can set up my type parameters. So in this case, I am going to set my Font to Helvetica, I am going to set it to Regular, and I am going to change the Font Size to something around 12 points, and I'll change the color of it to black so it's easy to see. Here we go. So now I've got all that set up. I am going to go up to Type menu. At the bottom, I am going to choose Paste Lorem Ipsum text and it just pastes in a paragraph that actually says, "This is Photoshop's version of Lorem Ipsum." You can use this in your designs to simulate paragraphs or blog posts or any type of text information that you might not have the body copy for just yet.

This is a great way of simulating what actual text is going to look like in your designs. I could also create some space here, go to Type > Paste Lorem Ipsum, and just paste in another paragraph if I needed to. You could also just copy and paste as many paragraphs as you needed. These live editable texts inside of Photoshop you can go in anytime you want and you can change that and alter it in any way you see fit. When you're finished, you can just check the box here to commit to that change and there you go: some nice Lorem Ipsum text directly from within Photoshop. Now if you're not using Photoshop CS6, there are couple of other options that you have available to you.

The first option is one of my favorites, and if you're using a Mac, it's a great option for you. It's called a Little Ipsum, and you can find that in a Mac App Store. It is a free application. And it's right here and basically just download it for free. And it puts a little item in your menu bar right here and you can pick whether or not you want 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 words, how many sentences as you want, or you can pick paragraphs that you want. And by picking this, it automatically copies that your clipboard and allows you then to just paste it right into whatever it is you might be working on. It's a really great little app.

It's only for the Mac though. I haven't found a good PC equivalent, but if your PC person, that's okay. I've got a couple of options for you as well. Go over to the web browser and take a look at baconipsum.com. This is a really interesting site because I can come in here and I can generate as many paragraphs of Loren Ipsum text that I want. The cool part about this is it's all about bacon though. So I generate all of these different paragraphs with words that are related to bacon in them. So for instance, if I wanted one paragraph here, I'd just want it all meat, and I'll start with word Bacon, and I'll say you Give me Bacon.

Once I do that, I get a paragraph of Lorem Ipsum text which is just a lot of things about bacon. And I'll copy that and I can take it right over into Photoshop and I'll just replace this last paragraph with the Bacon paragraph, and there we go. If you're not much of a bacon person, you're more of a tuna kind of person, you can go back over into your web browser and go to tunaipsum.com. And once you go to tunaipsum.com, you can select one paragraph, Give me Tuna Ipsum, and it gives you a nice learn Ipsum text paragraph full of tuna-related material.

And I can go right back into Photoshop and I can paste that in with Command+V or Ctrl+V. So as you continue to work, you're going to find the need to utilize some of these placeholder text methods. If you're using Photoshop CS6, it's built directly into the program, inside of the Type menu. If you're not using Photoshop CS6 and you're on a Mac, you can certainly use Little Ipsum, which is a great tool, or if you're on a PC where you don't want to download the application, you can simply go to those two web sites that I pointed out and you will be all on your way to inserting placeholder text into your designs in no time.

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Photoshop CS6 for Web Design

75 video lessons · 49454 viewers

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  1. 1m 9s
    1. Welcome
      48s
    2. Using the exercise files
      21s
  2. 25m 50s
    1. Designing for screens
      1m 8s
    2. Decoding screen size and resolution
      3m 9s
    3. Exploring the PSD-to-HTML workflow
      2m 25s
    4. Setting up Photoshop for web work
      5m 29s
    5. Creating a new document for web
      2m 36s
    6. Creating a new document for mobile
      4m 24s
    7. Setting up a responsive web layout
      3m 31s
    8. Creating email newsletter documents
      3m 8s
  3. 20m 39s
    1. Adjusting color settings
      4m 13s
    2. Understanding web color
      4m 0s
    3. Creating a color palette
      4m 56s
    4. Creating custom swatches
      3m 34s
    5. Applying color to shapes and graphics
      3m 56s
  4. 20m 36s
    1. Exploring the Layers panel
      4m 9s
    2. Renaming and grouping layers
      7m 19s
    3. Searching and filtering layers
      3m 11s
    4. Using layer comps effectively
      3m 4s
    5. Using automatic layer selection
      2m 53s
  5. 29m 2s
    1. Using vector shapes vs. pixel shapes
      3m 31s
    2. Creating vector shapes
      5m 2s
    3. Working with fills and strokes
      4m 36s
    4. Working with Smart Objects
      7m 47s
    5. Importing images
      3m 57s
    6. Cropping and resizing images
      4m 9s
  6. 28m 48s
    1. Planning your project
      3m 13s
    2. Using guides and rulers
      6m 40s
    3. Using a grid system
      8m 28s
    4. Developing a layout with shape layers
      4m 4s
    5. Making pixel-perfect adjustments
      6m 23s
  7. 23m 19s
    1. Using point text vs. paragraph text
      2m 10s
    2. Using text as text vs. using text as an image
      2m 47s
    3. Understanding web-safe fonts
      2m 41s
    4. Inserting placeholder text
      4m 2s
    5. Creating and using character styles
      2m 37s
    6. Creating and using paragraph styles
      6m 11s
    7. Creating editable 3D text
      2m 51s
  8. 26m 54s
    1. Understanding layer styles
      7m 0s
    2. Creating and using drop shadows
      3m 23s
    3. Creating better bevels
      6m 9s
    4. Simulating metallic textures
      5m 8s
    5. Saving and applying layer styles
      2m 48s
    6. Turning layer styles into independent layers
      2m 26s
  9. 50m 23s
    1. Starting with a wireframe
      54s
    2. Organizing page structure
      2m 29s
    3. Adding master elements
      5m 37s
    4. Creating navigation
      4m 36s
    5. Working with photographs
      4m 0s
    6. Working with text
      8m 31s
    7. Creating media placeholders
      7m 22s
    8. Creating buttons
      7m 15s
    9. Creating form fields
      7m 54s
    10. Simulating pages with layer comps
      1m 45s
  10. 33m 38s
    1. Understanding slicing
      2m 4s
    2. Slicing up a mockup
      4m 15s
    3. Understanding web file formats
      4m 3s
    4. Exploring the Save for Web dialog
      5m 3s
    5. Optimizing photographs
      4m 17s
    6. Optimizing transparent graphics
      4m 56s
    7. Saving Retina display graphics
      5m 34s
    8. Using the Image Generator (NEW)
      3m 26s
  11. 10m 40s
    1. Understanding image sprites
      1m 25s
    2. Creating a sprite grid
      2m 54s
    3. Assembling a sprite
      4m 51s
    4. Optimizing sprites for the web
      1m 30s
  12. 18m 6s
    1. Creating a basic action
      5m 28s
    2. Exploring batch processing
      2m 55s
    3. Creating droplets
      3m 20s
    4. Using the Fit Image command
      4m 5s
    5. Using the Image Processor
      2m 18s
  13. 6m 56s
    1. Integrating PSD files with Dreamweaver
      3m 22s
    2. Integrating PSD files with Fireworks
      1m 59s
    3. Integrating PSD files with Muse
      1m 35s
  14. 50s
    1. Goodbye
      50s

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