Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Copying a type layer, part of Photoshop for Designers: Type Essentials.
This movie is about copying type. But before I do that, I would like to change the color of the type. I'm going to be having a series of movies about changing the color, but it's bothering me right now, so let me just do this quickly. Here's a quick way to change your color. Currently, I have foreground color black, background color white. I'm going to switch that by clicking on this toggle switch or by pressing my X key. And then I'm going to hold down my Option key or my Alt key, making sure I have the text layer targeted, and press Option+Delete or Alt+Backspace.
Okay, now to copy my type, if I wanted to copy a piece of the text itself, well, I would need to choose my Type tool by pressing T, select the piece of type that I wanted to copy, Command+C or Ctrl+C, and then I can just go ahead and paste it, Command+V or Ctrl+V. If I want to copy the whole type layer, I can drag that layer onto the New Layer icon, or I can press the keyboard shortcut Command+J. You'll see that I now have two layers, one on top of the other, and I can now choose my Move tool and move one of them away from the other.
Perhaps the easiest way, and the way that I would usually opt for if you want to copy a type layer, is to hold down your Option key or your Alt key, and as you do so, you'll see your cursor changes to two arrows. And then you can just drag away from that, and then you create another copy. Now as you drag, you may optionally want to hold down the Shift key as well, as I'm doing. That's going to prevent wobbling from side to side like so, but only allow you to move the piece of text along one plane-- in this case the vertical plane.
Let's say we wanted to copy a piece of type from one document to another. I'm going to press Command+N or Ctrl+N to create a new document, and I'm just going to accept these values for that new document. And I'm going to fill the background with black, make my foreground color black. Press Option+Delete or Alt+Delete to do that. And now let's come back here and let's say we want to copy one of these layers of type into that new document. Here's one way of doing it.
When you're working in your screen mode that allows you to see your tabs at the top here, and by screen mode you can press your F key to cycle through those, so if you don't see the tabs, keep pressing your F key until you do. You can just drag this up onto the name of the document that you want to copy it to. And then you can see the bounds of that piece of type illustrated by a gray line around it, and then you can just drop it wherever you want it to go. That's one way. Another way would be to split your screen so that you can see a 2-up view, and you've got the two documents side by side.
So if I come back to this one right here, I'll choose the layer of type that I want to copy, and then I can just drag it over to where I want it to go. So, two different approaches for copying a type layer from one document to another.
- The pros and cons of setting type in Photoshop
- Setting type preferences
- Choosing fonts
- Sizing type
- Entering glyphs and special characters
- Tracking and kerning type
- Using Baseline Shift
- Working with OpenType fonts
- Justifying and aligning paragraphs
- Masking type with clipping masks
- Warping type
- Converting type to shape layers
Skill Level Intermediate
Photoshop for Designers: Shape Layerswith Nigel French2h 52m Intermediate
Photoshop for Designers: Type Essentialswith Nigel French2h 37m Intermediate
Learning Photoshop for Design (2011)with Deke McClelland3h 36m Appropriate for all
1. Introducing Type in Photoshop
Setting type preferences3m 37s
2. Entering and Editing Text
3. Character Formatting
4. Paragraph Formatting
5. Masking Type
6. Path Type, Rotated Type, and Vertical Type
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