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Photoshop CS4 offers an abundance of helpful shortcuts and hidden tricks that allow designers and photographers to get more done in less time. In Photoshop CS4 Power Shortcuts, Michael Ninness reveals hundreds of tips to boost productivity, including the top 20 power shortcuts every Photoshop user must know. He covers strategies for better document and panel management, and offers techniques for becoming quicker and more nimble when using layers, adjustment layers, and layer masks. Exercise files accompany the course.
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So in this document you see I have this hanging punctuation as a reminder, that was a little bit of an obscure feature defined in Photoshop. If I get my Text tool here and click inside this text frame or this text layer, if I go to the Paragraph panel, by using this toggle in the Options bar to open up Character and Paragraph panel, that was an option underneath the fly-out menu of the Paragraph panel called Roman Hanging Punctuation. Now if you find that you are using a particular attribute or particular set of attributes over and over and over again, in other application like InDesign, or Word, or something like that, you would create a paragraph style. Now Photoshop doesn't have real paragraph styles, but you kind of have a workaround. You can use tool presets and specifically for the Text tool, if you use tool presets, you can kind of create styles for the text you are going to create. It's not something you can apply to existing text, but you can set the tool up to format the text the way you want it, as you create it.
So all you do to create a tool preset and specifically for the Text tool is just to have your options setup as you want them. So I have got Rockwell, Bold, 48 pt, it's red, it's left aligned. The Paragraph panel has Roman Hanging Punctuation turned on and that's the attributes for this given type layer. So to save these and capture these as a preset, all I need to do is go up to the tool icon up here in the left-hand corner, click on the little down arrow, and say New. I am going to click the New button here. I'm going to call this Quote, because I want my hanging punctuation to hang. And maybe I'll make it Hanging Quote, and that will be the name of my tool preset. I'm just going to click OK.
I've got a new tool preset called Hanging Quote now. So let's go ahead and escape out of this little pop-up. And just to show you that there is nothing up my sleeves here, we'll go ahead and right-click and say Reset All Tools. Back to the default settings and that takes it back to Myriad Pro and 12 point black. And we'll close the Character and Paragraph panel here. So now I want to create a new piece of text here, a new text layer. So I'm going to go to my po-pup menu here and to the upper-left hand corner and choose Hanging Quote. And the moment I do that it actually sets all those attributes for me, so I'll drag out a piece of paragraph type here by clicking and dragging.
I am going to start by typing a quote mark. You see it immediately hangs outside that text frame for me on the text layer. "Wow, this is so cool!" You can see that hangs outside that text frame as well, because it goes to the edge. So there you have it. Kind of a make-up or a workaround for paragraph styles by using a Text tool preset to accomplish that for you.
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