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In Photoshop CS5 Essential Training, author Michael Ninness demonstrates how to produce the highest quality images with fantastic detail in the shortest amount of time, using a combination of Photoshop CS5, Adobe Bridge, and Camera Raw. This course shows the most efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, Michael shares the secrets of non-destructive editing, utilizing and mastering Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw, layers, adjustment layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more. Exercise files are included with the course.
Photoshop gives you two different ways to create Type layers. The default way is what's called Point type, so if I click my Text tool or press the letter T on my keyboard and if you just click you get Point type, where it just goes on for ever and ever and ever until you hit a Return to get a word wrap. I'm going to press the Escape key to cancel that. The other option is to click and drag, instead of just clicking. If you click and drag, you get what's called Area type, and what you're doing is basically creating a text box, if you will, the shape and size that you drag out.
Once you've done that, you can see, plainly, where the boundary is. So, if I start typing a sentence, say "Photoshop loves me, Photoshop loves me not," you'll see that once it reaches the end of that Area Text box it automatically wraps down to the next line. So, "Photoshop loves me, Photoshop loves me not." Now that I've got this text frame, I can actually resize it. You see that there are corner handles and side handles for the text stream. If you put your mouse over a handle, you can then resize that, and that will change the line breaks, or the word wrap, if you will. You can make it wider or narrower.
It's up to you. If you want to move the text frame, you can hold down the Command Key or the Ctrl Key on Windows and reposition that while you're in the Text tool. So, you're temporarily turning your Text tool into the Move tool, or you can just simply move your mouse outside the box, right? And that gives you the Move tool temporarily. You don't even to hold the keyboard shortcut for that. Just move your mouse outside of the Text frame lets you move it, mouse inside, it's the I-beam for making text edits and selections and so forth.
Now that I've got this paragraph text going on, if I want to, I can go ahead and highlight that. Let's open up our Character and Paragraph panels. There is a button in the Options bar that gives us those panels to pop open. By default, you will see Character comes to the front. I'm going to go to Paragraph, and that's where I can do things like change alignment, like center-align it, right- align it, justify the alignment, and if I have got more than one paragraph, I can change paragraph attributes like space before and after and indents. So, let's go ahead and just copy this, Command+C or Ctrl+C. We'll hit Return and paste that, Command+V or Ctrl+V. So, I've got two paragraphs here.
We'll go ahead and Select All, Command +A or Ctrl+A, and we can start doing things like space before and after. So, if I want to increase the space after each paragraph, we'll go ahead and highlight that field and type in, say 12 points, and you can see that a certain amount of space went between those paragraphs. If I put my mouse over a label, you get the scrubby sliders, and you can see I can just click and drag to change the amount of space between each paragraph. I do have to let go the mouse before I see that update, so you might have to click and drag quiet a bit, and then you'll see it that way.
So, sometimes it's just easier to type in the number that you're looking for. So, if I want 32, it's sometimes just easier just to click on the actual label itself to highlight that field. We'll type in 32 and hit Enter to apply that. I also have left indent and right indent and first line indent as well. So, again, these controls are very much like the ones you find in both InDesign and Illustrator, so if you've used these particular panels before, they are the exact same options. Let's go ahead and give this a left indent of say 30 points and press Return, because it's fully justified I'm giving some weird word spacing there, so let's go back and make that left- aligned, and you'll see that I get the results I'm looking for. All right.
We have the Enter key to apply that, and that's the difference between Point type by just clicking versus Area type by clicking and dragging to get a text box. And when you want to change the color of your text, there's a couple of options to do that as well. If you just want to change the text color of the entire layer, with the layer active in the Layers panel, and your Type tool is selected, you can just click this little color well on the Options bar for the Type tool. That brings up the Color Picker, and you can just click a new color, and that will change your entire text layer there.
So, we'll change to this weird kind of blue. Go ahead and click Ok to apply that change. Now if you just want a specific word to change color, then with that Type tool you need to click into that Text layer and actually select that one particular word. Now let's bring open that Color Picker again by clicking the Color Swatch in the Options bar and choose a different color there, and it's just going to change that one word. So, very easy to change text color as well. And then to apply that change, just press the Enter Key and hopefully, but now you'll see that Photoshop has pretty robust set of type capabilities, all available with the Type tool of the Character panel, the Paragraph panel. And then remember the difference between clicking versus clicking and dragging to create Point text versus Area text.
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