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Photoshop CS6 includes a handful of text enhancements, including a new type menu and both Paragraph and Character styles. I'm going to start things off by selecting the Type tool, which I can get by pressing the T key and incidentally, if you're working inside the sample file, note that it contains a couple of text layers that are set to a font that may not be included on your system. If you get a font warning, just accept it and change the text to whatever font you like. Now when the Type tool is active, the Options bar starts off with a Font menu that includes previews of each font over here on the right hand side.
If you want to change the size of those previews, you can go up to the new Type menu, choose Font Preview Size, and set it to whatever size you'd like. I'm going to choose Extra Large and that will give me much larger previews as you can see. All right, now I'm going to drag inside the image with the Type tool to create a text frame. And notice if you go up to the Type menu the final Command is Paste Laura Ipsum, and if you choose the command then you'll go ahead and fill the frame with placeholder, text which a lot of folks have been asking for. All right, I'll except that text by pressing the Enter key in the numerical keypad then I'm going to turn this layer off and turn the other two type layers on.
Now let's take a look at Paragraph Styles. Now if you're like most people, you create styles based on text that you've already formatted and Photoshop handles that workflow a little differently than other applications. You start things off, even if you're creating a paragraph style, you have to select at least one character of type. Then I'll go up to the Type menu and choose Paragraph Styles panel and I'll drop down to the little page icon at the bottom of the panel and click on it. Now presumably you'd want to name your style after you make it and to do so you double-click on the style name to bring up this dialog box and then call the style anything you like.
You can also modify the style at this point if you want to and you have access to all the character and paragraph level formatting attributes that are available here inside Photoshop. All right, I'm going to go ahead and click OK to accept that style. Now you want to keep an eye out for that little plus sign after the style name. That tells you that we have some form of local overrides going on or at least Photoshop thinks we do. In order remove those overrides, go ahead and click on this first icon at the bottom of the panel and that will ensure that all of the text is formatted uniformly. All right, now let say I want to take this style and apply it to this independent text layer for "in the air." I'll go ahead and select that text layer and then I'll click on Romance style to make it active.
Now, that didn't actually style the text, but it did link the text of the style name. That plus sign tells us we have local overrides. If you encounter that behavior, then once again click on that clear override icon. All right, now at this point it occurs to me that the text should really be red instead of blue. Any time you're editing styles in Photoshop, it's a good practice to click off any text layers. So in my case I'm just selecting the image layer and that way you won't inadvertently style text that you don't want to. All right, now I'm going to double- click on Romance style. In order to make it active, the Preview checkbox is turned on by default. I will click on the Color swatch and I'll change that Hue value to 0 and I can preview the change in the background.
Now I will click OK and click OK again, so there's a predictable link between the style and the style text. All right, now let say I want to create a Character Style that I can use to make the word "air" blue. Let's switch over to the Character Styles panel and I'll just create a new style based on nothing, because there's an image layer selected here, by clicking on this little page icon. Then I'll double-click on Character Style 1 to bring it up and notice that the style is empty, which is totally great. That means you're not going to override everything about the text; you're just going to override whatever formatting attributes you define.
I'm going to change the style name to Just blue and then I'll click on the Color swatch in order to bring up the color panel and I'll change the Hue to 210, the saturation to 100%, and the Brightness to 75% and then I'll click OK a couple of times in order to create that style. And now I'll double-click on the word "air" with my Type tool in order to select it and I'll change it to Just blue. Press the Enter key on the numerical keypad in order to accept the change and sure enough, the text is set in a new style.
All right, now I'm going to go back to my Paragraph Style and edit it and you'll see that the word air remains blue, but it's goes ahead and changes to the new font, so I'll double-click on Romance style to bring up the Paragraph Style Options dialog box. Then I'll click on the Font Name and scroll my way down until I get to this font here. Looks like it'll work well for me. Then I'll take the type size down to 100 point and I'll click OK in order to make that change, and notice all the text updated and the word air updates to the new font, but it remains blue, thanks to the application of a Character Style.
And that's how you work with the new text enhancements here inside Photoshop CS6.
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