Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring type anatomy and terminology, part of Photoshop for Designers: Type Essentials.
So, before we actually get working with type, let's just take a look at some basic type terminology. So let's begin with the baseline, the invisible line on which the type sits. Then we have the x-height, the height of the lowercase letters. The cap height is just that, the height of the capital letters. The ascender height, the height of, in this case, the h, the ascenders, which depending on the font may be higher than the cap height. There are many different classifications of type.
The broadest distinction we can make is between serif type and sans serif. Here is an example of serif type. Indicated in red are the serifs. Here is the same word sans serif without those ornamentations on the ends of the letters. The counters are the interior spaces of the letters. Descenders are those parts of the letters that go beneath the baseline, and the ascenders are those parts of the letters that go above the x-height.
So there is some basic type terminology. Let's now get working with type in Photoshop.
- 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 53m 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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