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Just as you might expect, Photoshop provides a Type tool that let's you create layers of text. You can edit the text any time you like. And thanks in part to Adobe's history as the inventor of the post-script type engine. You have all the formatting controls you could possibly want. What you might not expect is that text is unlike anything we've witnessed so far. In previous chapters, I've shown you features that affect pixels, those tiny squares of color that compose a digital image, but while text looks like pixels, complete with blocky edges at zoom ratios beyond 100% It is in fact vectors, meaning that Photoshop defines the outline of each and every character of type mathematically and renders the outlines to pixels on the Fly.
The result is that you can scale text to any size you like, and it will remain razor sharp. So let's say you increase the resolution of an image. Photoshop can't add new detail to a photograph. It can only average the existing pixels. But the program can and does redraw all text layers at the higher resolution. Meanwhile, you can seamlessly integrate text layers with pixel-based layers. Even masking them behind image elements as we'll see. This means Photoshop is a better program for synthesizing text and photographic imagery then any other program on the market even Illustrator or InDesign.
If that interests you this chapter is going to blow you away.
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