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Photoshop has become an indispensible tool for photographers, designers, and all other creative professionals, as well as students. Photoshop CS4 Essential Training teaches a broad spectrum of core skills that are common to many creative fields: working with layers and selections; adjusting, manipulating, and retouching photos; painting; adding text; automating; preparing files for output; and more. Instructor Jan Kabili demonstrates established techniques as well as those made possible by some of the new features unique to Photoshop CS4. This course is indispensable to those who are new to the application, just learning this version, or expanding their skills. Example files accompany the course.
Photoshop is primarily an image editing program. So in most cases when you're working with type in Photoshop, you're working with a few words, or a few lines of text. But there may be a few times when you need to add more text to a document. In that case you'll use the paragraph type feature, which I am going to show you in this movie. To create paragraph type I need to have my Type tool selected here in the toolbox, and then I will come into my image and I will drag out a bounding box and then I'll start typing. So I might type 'This Chocolate Will Tickle Your Palate.' You will notice a couple of things about this type.
First of all it wraps automatically within the bounding box. I don't have to press Return at the end of each line to get it to move to a new line. And secondly, you can't see all of the text that I typed. I typed This Chocolate Will Tickle Your Palate. If you notice a four square icon at the bottom right corner of the bounding box, that means that there is more type here than will fit in the box. So what you do at that point is click-and -drag on the anchor point until the box is big enough so that you can see all of the text. You can reshape the box to make it just the way you want.
So for example, I might have it like that. As with Point type when you're done entering your text, you have to apply the text. To do I will go to the checkmark in the Options bar at the top of the screen and click there. You can edit paragraph text the same way you can edit point text. You just have to have your Type tool selected in the toolbox and you have to have the type layer selected in the Layers panel and then you can edit the color or the font. So for example, I can go to the Color field here in the Options bar, click on it, and move my mouse out to select this magenta color.
And I could play with that a little here in this Option box. I might make it a little brighter and say OK. There are a few more options for editing a paragraph text here in the Paragraph panel. For example, from these icons you can change the alignment of the text to its box. Let me click inside the box, so you can see the box. You don't have to do that. Then I'll click on another of these alignment icons and you can see how the text shifts in the box. There are also justify icons here. I can go back to left aligned.
These other controls allow me do things like indent the text in the box, or indent the first line, or add some space at the top of the box. But other than that you'll treat your paragraph text just like your point text when you're editing it. I am going to make the bounding box go away by clicking on another layer, and then clicking back on this type layer. Then with the Type tool still selected I can come into Character panel here and do things like change the leading, which is the spacing between lines. For example, if I choose 48 point I have more space between these lines.
I can put that back to Auto. So that's how paragraph type works in Photoshop. If you do plan to add a lot of text to a design like a brochure, you'll probably want to create most of the final text in a page layout program like InDesign. But Photoshop is still useful for you mockup the location and maybe the appearance of long paragraphs of text. For that you use the same type tools as you did for point type, but you just drag out a bounding box before entering your text as I showed you in this movie.
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