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Photoshop is the tool of choice for most creative professionals and has quickly become household name synonymous with computer art and image manipulation. In Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics, internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland teaches such digital-age wonders as masking, filters, layers, blend modes, Liquify, Vanishing Point, and vector-based type. Along the way, Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, trimming away jowls and fat, and wrapping one image around the surface of another. Plus, the training teaches how to construct and organize the elements in a composition so you can edit them easily in the future. Exercise files accompany the tutorial.
Ready for more Photoshop CS3 training with Deke? Check out Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Advanced Techniques.
Note: Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials is a recommended prerequisite to Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.
Alright at this point you might be thinking okay a few exercises ago you covered the basic text formatting stuff like Type Face and Style and Type Size and so on. And then in the previous exercise you covered the really obscure stuff like Anti-Aliasing method and the Adobe Every Line Composer. When are you going to get around to the stuff in between like letting and kerning and all that jazz there? We are going to do it in this exercise as it turns out in the context of really cool formatting attribute shortcuts that are available to you here inside Photoshop so I am going to start off by pressing the Enter key on the keypad in order to accept the modifications that I applied in the previous exercise then I am going to switch over to this image right there that goes by the name textedittricks.psd and it's found inside the 18Text folder of course and it's a big huge chartful of shortcuts.
Not so much shortcuts as tricks because not every single one of them is technically speaking a keyboard shortcut so we have a list of tasks that you might want to achieve over here on the left hand side of the image. And notice that unless otherwise marked with an asterisk these tasks require that the text is active so in other words some text has to be active with the type tool and don't try to edit this text incidentally. I converted this text to pixels to avoid any font complications between your system and mine because I used Futura which might be a font you have but maybe not.
This first item here doesn't require that you have text selected with the type tool but this second item does and so do all the other items that don't have asterisks next to them. I think there is only four items that do have asterisks and then over here on the right hand side we have a list of tricks many of which are keyboard tricks and involve keys such as Control+Shift+B for Bold and all of the keyboard tricks are list in Windows. So in other words we are favoring we are favoring the windows/PC people. You Macintosh people might take issue with that but bear in mind I am a Macintosh guy going way, way, way back.
I just happened to be using PC here for this training and the only reason that I am talking in terms of the Windows shortcuts is because it's a popularity contest baby. Most of the folks who are coming to our training and who are using Photoshop in general are Windows people, strange as it may seem. Alright so you Macintosh people though you are clever I know that so you can easily make this conversion, you can remember that control anywhere where you see Control in the chart that means cloverleaf that means the Command symbol and anywhere you see Alt that means Option. It's that simple.
Alright so here's the first slide I might want to show you. I am not going to show you every single one of them that's why I gave you this keyboard shortcut chart so you can peruse these shortcuts on your own at your leisure of an evening when you are curled up in bed I guess I don't know when whenever you want but this first item is worth showing you. Notice that if you want to select all the text on the layer you double click on the T in the Layers palette, that T thumbnail icon. Alright let me show you how that works I am going to switch back to the AdorablePumpkinLike.psd image here and I am going to scroll over to the right hand side and I am going to switch tools.
I am going to switch to the Marquee tool here so that I can show you how this works. Notice what happens if I have got Layers palette and I double-click on this thumbnail right here this T thumbnail watch Photoshop does a couple of things. First of all it switches to the Type tool automatically for me, bless it and then it goes ahead and selects every single bit of the text on this layer using the Type tool. Is that not awesome? Yes it is I know it is. Yeah it's cool, alright so I am going to press the Enter key on the keypad once again in order to escape that text so I didn't actually make any changes to it so I could have just as easily pressed the Escape key, there it is alright, so I am going to switch back to this image once again so that we can see what's going on let's hide that Layers palette we don't need it up on screen.
So bunch of cool stuff you know about selecting a whole word and a line and paragraph I mentioned that before you can preview a font in the text layer I showed you that one you can format multiple layers at a time. So if you select multiple layers inside the Layers palette either by shift clicking or control clicking on some other portion of the layer other than the thumbnail and that would be command clicking on the layer on the macintosh side of things. Then all of those selected layers will be subject to the same formatting changes. So it allows you to do work very quickly. We have got some other formatting keyboard shortcuts here like Ctrl+Shift+U or Command-Shift-U on the Mac for underline and so on.
I just went ahead and put this little plus sign inside of a keyboard sort of icon there because otherwise we would have two pluses in row. So it's Ctrl+Shift+Plus in order to create superscript text not that you are going to be doing that that often but there it is Command-Shift-+ on the Mac. This one is definitely worth assigning to memory because a lot of people don't even know about it and what I should say by the way is almost all of these keyboard shortcuts that I am telling you are either identical inside of other Adobe applications or very similar. They either produce identical or similar results so once you memorize it for Photoshop it will make sense for you if you go into Illustrator or InDesign or what have you.
Anyway you can restore the regular style. You can get rid of all of the other styles that are going on inside your text by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Y or Command-Shift-Y on the Mac. Pretty dandy thing if you remember to do it you can enlarge or reduce the type in two-point increments by pressing Ctrl+Shift+< or Ctrl+Shift+> that would be Comamnd-Shift-< or > on the Macintosh side and of course the < and > key serves you the same as the comma and period keys by the way. You can also enlarge or reduce your type much more quickly in ten-point increments using these keyboard shortcuts over there.
You can overwrite the auto letting this doesn't require that you have the text active with the Type tool by clicking on this little icon. That icon by the way exists here inside the Character Palette it's right there so you click on it and then you enter your own letting value and letting of course as you may know is the amount of space between one line of text and the next line of text, one line of text and the line of the text above it and that's how letting works. Then after you have overwritten the auto value it's very important that you change the value from auto to something else before you take advantage of these other options then you can either tighten or erase the letting by pressing Alt up or down arrow that's Option up and down arrow on the Mac and then you have got this other option for modifying the letting at 10-point increments and then you can finally restore the letting to auto if you want to by pressing this mass of keys right there, that would Command-Shift-Option-A on the Mac.
Kern together or apart you may know that kerning is moving characters, neighboring characters away from each other or toward each other and you can do that in 21,000th of an M space. Now people call them just Ms but they are really thousands of an M. And M is as wide, exactly as wide as the type size is tall so if you are working with 12-point type then an M space is 12 points wide, divide that by a 1000 so very small increments and multiply times 20 and that's the tiny increment that you can kern things together or part by pressing Alt or Option along with the left and right arrow key and then you have the option of the doing it in a 100 M over 1000 spaces as well by adding the Control key or the Command key in the mix.
We have got baseline shift which allows you to raise or lower a single character or a few characters of text with respect to the baseline that means you can shift some text up with respect to other text and you can do that by using these keyboard shortcuts right there. Finally, we have got some resets that are available to you, ways of centering and justifying type and fully justifying including all lines in the graph that's a paragraph by the way. That's a shorthand speak, editors call paragraphs graphs by the way. As I well know from my book experience don't you know see alright it's Ctrl+Shift+F or Command-Shift-F on the Mac for that one and then you can move the active text when it's active you can actually move it around by control dragging it you can transform active text by pressing the Control key and dragging the handles.
I have etcetera here because you can also drag outside the text boundary to rotate it. You can force the creation of a new text layer that's actually a pretty great one. If you have a text layer active inside the Layers palette but it's not activated with the Text tool so no text is selected so you are having problems creating a new text block because you keep selecting the old one why then make sure that no text inside the layer is active and then Shift Click with a Type tool, Shift Click or Shift Drag as it turns out either will work. So you have that shift key down that forces that creation of a new text layer you can change the color of the text.
We discussed that you can hide or show the highlight we talked about then finally you can press Enter on the key bag to accept the text or that would be Ctrl+Enter that's Command-Return on the Mac of course. And then you can abandon all changes and I beg you to be careful about this one. There is nothing like creating a new text block, formatting it, deciding your formatting is terrible and then pressing the Escape key and you lose every bit of work that you have done. So basically this is sort of a little bit of napalm where your edits are concerned. You are really going to wipeout everything you did in that little text editing session so use the Escape key with care.
There you go watch it through all the important stuff this is and so far as I know this is every single keyboard shortcut that has every new thing to do with editing type as I say a lot of these functions also work the majority of these functions also work inside the other Adobe applications. So learn them in good health you will love them I swear to you and they will help you work so much faster inside the program. In the next exercise we are going to take a look at some special stuff that you can do with type inside Photoshop that you can't do inside any other kind of program than in Image Editor.
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