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Join Justin Seeley as he reveals how designers can create vibrant web graphics, wireframes, and complete web site mockups in Adobe Photoshop. The course covers creating a custom web workspace for maximum efficiency; drawing, coloring, and optimizing web graphics; creating vector shapes and text that scale seamlessly; mastering transparency; building navigation bars and buttons; and speeding up these tasks with the Photoshop automation tools.
When dealing with text inside of Photoshop, you have two basic options to choose from: one called point text and one called paragraph text. In this movie we'll be exploring both of those and how you can utilize them. I'm going to go up to the File menu and choose New, and I'll just stick with the Default Photoshop Size and hit OK. In order to activate the Type tool inside of Photoshop, simply press the letter T on your keyboard. You can also select the Type tool from the options over here on the toolbar. In order to create what is called point text, all you have to do is point your cursor, click, and start typing.
Once you have that done, you can simply click the check mark to commit to that change. If you wanted to create paragraph text which was locked inside of a box that you define, you can simply come out, click, drag out of box, and then you could type away inside the box. With this selected now, I'm just going to increase the size so you can see how it flows inside the box, just like that. Let me make this a little bit more readable. Turning on the options. There we go.
So if you're doing something like a header or something like a button that just requires one single small line of text, you'd probably consider doing point text, where you just take your mouse, point, click, and go. If you're doing something like body copy for a blog post or a news article or something like that, you might consider drawing a box to constrain your text inside of the exact dimensions that you need it to fit in. Either way, using point text or paragraph text are your main two options that you have available to you inside of Photoshop. If you go over to the toolbar and click and hold on the Type tool, you'll see that you also have the ability to do things like vertical type, horizontal, and vertical type masking as well.
If you'd like more information on tools like this, my suggestion would be to go look at Photoshop CS6 Essential Training with Julieanne Kost or check out Deke McClelland's Photoshop series on lynda.com as well. They both do a great job of explaining all of the type tools in depth. For the purposes of this course, we're only going to be using point and paragraph text, so I wanted to take some time and explain to you exactly what those meant, so in case you hear me refer to them later or you didn't know what I was talking about, now you do.
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