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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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Some of you may have noticed that when you have your Text tool selected and you go to your Font field on the Options bar and you click on this little pop-up menu here for the font, you actually get a tiny little preview of the actual typeface. So the name of the font is all listed in the operating system font, whatever that is. But over to the right, you get this word, SAMPLE in the actual font of that font that you have chosen here. I actually don't find this all that useful but if you want, you can make it bigger, like for here, this is pretty tiny. You can't really tell what that looks like. So let's first teach you how to change the preference to make those font previews larger. Command+K or Ctrl+K in Windows to open up your Preferences dialog and there at the bottom is the word Type and you can change the Font Preview Size to, well, let's make it Huge. Click OK and now when I go back up to that list, I definitely get a much larger font preview.
Now the reason I don't find this all that helpful, especially your pop-up menu for your fonts here now it's huge, it just going to take forever to scroll through it all, plus I just don't find the word Sample to be all that helpful. The word that I'm going to format and choose a different font for, this doesn't have near the amount of characters that I'm probably using in that particular type layer. I have actually heard some people to claim that Photoshop's performance takes a little bit of ahead to generate these font previews. So I'm going to teach you a better way to do font previewing that I think is much more helpful in real world.
First, we are going to go back to Preferences, Command+K, Ctrl+K and I'm just going to turn this off, I don't know about the claim of our performance but, hey, I'm going to turn it off and not worry about this. I just don't find this a very useful feature. I'm going to click OK. Now, when I want to see what my font looks like or for my text here and I don't even need to select the text here, I just need to have my type layer chosen with my Type tool active. Now when I hit the Enter key, watch what happens up in the Options bar. So again, I have the text layer chosen, it's active, I have the Type tool chosen but I don't actually have any highlighted text. When I hit the Enter key on my keyboard, did you see what happen? It put the focus, this is called Interface Focus, put the focus in the font field, I can now use my Down arrow or my Up arrow to jump to the next font in the list and as I press the arrow keys, what you see is the actual text in the Photoshop document that text layer actually changing to that font.
I find this to be a much more useful font preview. You just scroll through and just keep going and you are actually seeing your actual literal text in your layout changing to the font that you are choosing and then when you find a font that you like, you can just hit the Enter key again to apply that. So, there is Trajan Pro, if that's the font I want to stay at, just hit the Enter key again. That takes the focus out of the font field and applies that change to your text layer. So I find that to be a much more useful font preview system and now when you click in the pop-up menu, you actually get a more condensed type menu and because we turn that Preference off, we are not getting the word Sample, making this font menu much wider.
So it's up to you, you decide whether you like the standard way better. I think this way is much better but again, that's just my opinion.
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