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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.
Rotating text in Photoshop is really easy, and it's going to be very quick for me to show you this, but the point I really want to make here is just how effective it can be to really spice up the look of your compositions. Rather than have everything just straight ahead like this, just by rotating things through 15, 30, 45 degrees, you instantly get a whole new vibe to your piece of art. If I were to press Command+T to go to Free Transform, I can then come outside of my transformation box and then just rotate this anyhow I like.
If I hold down the Shift key, I am going to constrain it to increments of 15 degrees and I am just going to put it like that, press Return, and I would suggest that that's a lot more interesting than it was before, just by rotating it through 15 degrees and moving it off center. A couple of other things I probably should mention. You can also go to Transform > Rotate. It's the same difference as going to Free Transform and then just moving outside of the transformation rectangle.
You could also, if you have a transformation rectangle around your type, come and specify the angle of rotation right here on your Tool Options.
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