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Photoshop CS6 for Web Design

Working with text


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Photoshop CS6 for Web Design

with Justin Seeley

Video: Working with text

Now we're ready to start adding some text to our web site design. Adding text is pretty simple, but we're going to have to create some styles along the way to make it easier on ourselves to style the rest of the document as we go along. So I am going to start here on the home screen and I'm going to create some text underneath where this placeholder is here, and I am also going to create some text over here on the side so that I can then showcase some different blog posts that might be showing up. So the first thing I am going to do is grab my Text tool by hitting letter T on my keyboard, and then I'm simply going to draw out a textbox like this. So I'll click and drag to draw out a box, and I'll move that down by temporarily holding down my spacebar key, and then I'm going to release my spacebar key and finish drawing it out until it meets the bottom margin, like so.
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  1. 1m 9s
    1. Welcome
      48s
    2. Using the exercise files
      21s
  2. 25m 50s
    1. Designing for screens
      1m 8s
    2. Decoding screen size and resolution
      3m 9s
    3. Exploring the PSD-to-HTML workflow
      2m 25s
    4. Setting up Photoshop for web work
      5m 29s
    5. Creating a new document for web
      2m 36s
    6. Creating a new document for mobile
      4m 24s
    7. Setting up a responsive web layout
      3m 31s
    8. Creating email newsletter documents
      3m 8s
  3. 20m 39s
    1. Adjusting color settings
      4m 13s
    2. Understanding web color
      4m 0s
    3. Creating a color palette
      4m 56s
    4. Creating custom swatches
      3m 34s
    5. Applying color to shapes and graphics
      3m 56s
  4. 20m 36s
    1. Exploring the Layers panel
      4m 9s
    2. Renaming and grouping layers
      7m 19s
    3. Searching and filtering layers
      3m 11s
    4. Using layer comps effectively
      3m 4s
    5. Using automatic layer selection
      2m 53s
  5. 29m 2s
    1. Using vector shapes vs. pixel shapes
      3m 31s
    2. Creating vector shapes
      5m 2s
    3. Working with fills and strokes
      4m 36s
    4. Working with Smart Objects
      7m 47s
    5. Importing images
      3m 57s
    6. Cropping and resizing images
      4m 9s
  6. 28m 48s
    1. Planning your project
      3m 13s
    2. Using guides and rulers
      6m 40s
    3. Using a grid system
      8m 28s
    4. Developing a layout with shape layers
      4m 4s
    5. Making pixel-perfect adjustments
      6m 23s
  7. 23m 19s
    1. Using point text vs. paragraph text
      2m 10s
    2. Using text as text vs. using text as an image
      2m 47s
    3. Understanding web-safe fonts
      2m 41s
    4. Inserting placeholder text
      4m 2s
    5. Creating and using character styles
      2m 37s
    6. Creating and using paragraph styles
      6m 11s
    7. Creating editable 3D text
      2m 51s
  8. 26m 54s
    1. Understanding layer styles
      7m 0s
    2. Creating and using drop shadows
      3m 23s
    3. Creating better bevels
      6m 9s
    4. Simulating metallic textures
      5m 8s
    5. Saving and applying layer styles
      2m 48s
    6. Turning layer styles into independent layers
      2m 26s
  9. 50m 23s
    1. Starting with a wireframe
      54s
    2. Organizing page structure
      2m 29s
    3. Adding master elements
      5m 37s
    4. Creating navigation
      4m 36s
    5. Working with photographs
      4m 0s
    6. Working with text
      8m 31s
    7. Creating media placeholders
      7m 22s
    8. Creating buttons
      7m 15s
    9. Creating form fields
      7m 54s
    10. Simulating pages with layer comps
      1m 45s
  10. 33m 38s
    1. Understanding slicing
      2m 4s
    2. Slicing up a mockup
      4m 15s
    3. Understanding web file formats
      4m 3s
    4. Exploring the Save for Web dialog
      5m 3s
    5. Optimizing photographs
      4m 17s
    6. Optimizing transparent graphics
      4m 56s
    7. Saving Retina display graphics
      5m 34s
    8. Using the Image Generator (NEW)
      3m 26s
  11. 10m 40s
    1. Understanding image sprites
      1m 25s
    2. Creating a sprite grid
      2m 54s
    3. Assembling a sprite
      4m 51s
    4. Optimizing sprites for the web
      1m 30s
  12. 18m 6s
    1. Creating a basic action
      5m 28s
    2. Exploring batch processing
      2m 55s
    3. Creating droplets
      3m 20s
    4. Using the Fit Image command
      4m 5s
    5. Using the Image Processor
      2m 18s
  13. 6m 56s
    1. Integrating PSD files with Dreamweaver
      3m 22s
    2. Integrating PSD files with Fireworks
      1m 59s
    3. Integrating PSD files with Muse
      1m 35s
  14. 50s
    1. Goodbye
      50s

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Photoshop CS6 for Web Design
4h 56m Appropriate for all Jul 17, 2012 Updated Oct 04, 2013

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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.

Topics include:
  • Customizing a web workspace
  • Decoding the mysteries behind screen size and resolution
  • Coloring web graphics
  • Using layers and layer comps effectively
  • Working with transparency
  • Creating wireframes on a grid
  • Styling text
  • Creating image sprites
  • Optimizing images as JPEG, GIF, or PNG files
  • Integrating with the rest of the Adobe Creative Suite
Subjects:
Web Web Graphics Web Design Web Foundations
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Justin Seeley

Working with text

Now we're ready to start adding some text to our web site design. Adding text is pretty simple, but we're going to have to create some styles along the way to make it easier on ourselves to style the rest of the document as we go along. So I am going to start here on the home screen and I'm going to create some text underneath where this placeholder is here, and I am also going to create some text over here on the side so that I can then showcase some different blog posts that might be showing up. So the first thing I am going to do is grab my Text tool by hitting letter T on my keyboard, and then I'm simply going to draw out a textbox like this. So I'll click and drag to draw out a box, and I'll move that down by temporarily holding down my spacebar key, and then I'm going to release my spacebar key and finish drawing it out until it meets the bottom margin, like so.

Once I do that, I'm now ready to insert some placeholder text. The easiest way to do that in Photoshop CS6 is to go to the Type menu and choose Paste Lorem Ipsum. Now this is a lot of text, and I really don't need that much, so let me zoom in. I did that with Command+Plus or Ctrl+Plus. And I'll just select up to about there and delete it. Now, I am going to select this text, and I'm going to apply some style to it. So the first thing I am going to do is change the font. Come up to that Options bar and I'm going to select Courier New.

I'm going to change this to bold, making it a little easier to read. Make sure it's at 12 points. Once I have that done, I am going to make sure the color is set to Black. Then I am going to come right here to toggle on the Character and Paragraph panels. In the Paragraph panel, which is right here, I am going to go to the spacing after, and I am going to add about 14 points of space. I'm also going to uncheck Hyphenate from there as well. So once I have that done, I can hit the check mark up there to commit or I can save this as a style which I can then use over and over again.

So let's go back over here to the Paragraph Styles panel on the right-hand side. If you don't have the Paragraph Styles button here, you can go to the Window men, and you can choose Paragraph Styles and it'll pop right open for you. I'm then going to create a new paragraph style by clicking the New Style icon. That creates a new paragraph style called Paragraph Style 1. I am going to double-click that to open it up, and I'm going to call this Body Text. So it's got everything I need: Courier New, Bold, 12 points. I am going to go to the Indents and Spacing, make sure it picked up my 14 point after.

I am also going to go to Justification and I am going to add some leading to that to space out the lines a little bit. And so I am going to change the Leading to about 170%. And once I do that, I'll click away from it in one of these other boxes and you should see it update right there, and it does. It looks nice. And I'll hit OK. Now I've got the new Body Text style, so I am ready to go. Now I am going to add some text over here inside of this side content area, so I'll grab my spacebar key real quick and just pan over. And I'm going to draw out a box.

So I'll start right up here and just draw out a content box, something kind of like this, and I'll just start typing some things out. So I'll type out "LATEST BLOG POSTS," and notice that's adopting the Body Text style automatically, and that's okay. I'll ht Enter or Return to create a new line. Then I am going to type out "Robots Are Awesome." So this is a new blog post that I have written maybe. And I'll say "Posted On: June 01, 2012." Hit Enter again, and now I am going to go to the Type menu, choose Paste Lorem Ipsum.

It pastes in some Lorem Ipsum text from Photoshop. And if I want to see how far down this went, I can actually expand out the textbox until I see all of the text. That's way too much, so I'll just select some of that and delete it. There we go! I want to be able to fit about two blog posts over here, so this should be okay. So now I am ready to start styling up the rest of this. So I am going to grab this text first, and this is going to be something that I am going to call Post Meta because this is metadata about the post.

And so I am going to start styling it up. So we'll go up here to the top and I'll change the color first. I change this to a neutral gray, so I am going to use the hex code, 737373. It's kind of a neutral gray, kind of in the middle. Hit OK. I am also going to change the font size to 11 points. Then I am going to go into the Paragraph Options and I'll change this to be 4 points after, so 4 pt. Hit Enter.

Now I'll go back into the Paragraph Styles, this time creating a new style. It will be called Paragraph Style 1. I'll double-click it and I'll just call this Post Meta. Hit OK. Now I'll select Robots Are Awesome. This is going to be the heading for my blog post, so I'll go ahead and change that up. The first thing I am going to do is add the Robot Orange color to it. If you don't have the Robot Color palette loaded into Photoshop, that's no big deal. All you have to do is click right here in the Options bar and then just sample the color from the logo.

You'll get the exact same color. Hit OK. I am going to keep it at Courier New, I am going to keep it on Bold, and I am going to change the Font Size to 18 points. Once I change to 18 points, I am also going to go over to the Paragraph panel. Hit a space after. We are going to set that to 0. Hit Enter to commit to that. So there's my blog post heading. And I'll go over to my Paragraph Styles, hit New, double-click, and I'll call this H2.

I am doing this so that the web developer knows to style this under the H2 tag when he is writing the code, or the Heading 2, the second heading on the page. Hit OK. And finally, the latest blog post heading here is going to be the big heading, H1, so I am going to change this to the same orange. So again, I'll click up here in the Options bar, set that, hit OK. I am going to change this one to be about 27 points. If it doesn't fit, that's okay. I can adjust the size of the box here in a minute.

I'll go over into my paragraph's options and for the space after, I am going to do 10 points. Hit Enter to commit to that, and then I'll go over to my Paragraph Styles and create one more, double-click on it, and call this H1, and hit OK. Now, like I said, if this flows to the next line, all I have to do is expand this out a little bit by clicking inside with the Type tool and then hovering untill I see two arrows and dragging that out like so.

Once we get it, commit to that change, and there we go. There is my latest blog post. Now if I want to have another blog post, it's pretty simple. I just click inside, select this, copy it, create a new line, and paste it in. So there we go, just a little bit of text. So that stuff is all going inside of Content Home. So what I am going to do is select both of those text layers that I just created and I am going to drag them into Content Home in my Layers panel, and then I going to turn off Content Home, the visibility of it.

I am also going to turn off the rectangle, right above it, and then I am going to turn on Content About, which has a picture of a robot on it already. I'll grab my Text tool one more time, and this time I am going to draw out a box right here, something kind of like this. I'll type out "ABOUT US," in all caps, hit Enter, and I'll go to the Type menu, choose Paste Lorem Ipsum. That pastes some in there. And I'll make sure that I fit all of it in, just like so.

Then I am going to select this portion, make sure that Body Text is applied, which it is, and then I'll select this and I'll apply H1 tag to that. Once I do that, I'll click the Move tool to switch away, and there we go. I've pretty built our About page by utilizing those styles. So now I'll take this and I'll drag it into Content About. That way it's in the right page structure. And there you have it. So as you can see, utilizing the character and paragraph styles here inside of Photoshop is a great way to ensure consistency throughout your designs, and it really speeds up the workflow for adding text to multiple pages in your web site mockups.

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