Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Interacting with type layers, part of Photoshop for Designers: Type Essentials.
This movie is about the conventions of working with type layers in Photoshop. When you use your Type tool and you type on your canvas, you create a type layer. This is what a type layer looks like. It has a T on the layer thumbnail. The first 30 characters that you type will be the name of that layer. If you wish to rename the layer for whatever reason, you can just double-click on the existing name and type a new name. For the most part, we want our type to remain as type layers so that it is editable as type.
There may be certain things that we need to do to our type which cause it to be rasterized. For example, if I wanted to give this type a motion blur, that's going to involve me coming to the Filter menu and choosing Blur > Motion Blur. I will get this warning message. The type layer must be rasterized before proceeding. Its text will no longer be editable. Sometimes you have to break the eggs to make the omelet, but the consequence of this is that my type is no longer editable type.
We see the T has now disappeared from the layer thumbnail. I'm going to undo that by pressing Command+Z or Ctrl+Z. One other thing I'd like to mention is that if you have multiple layers in your composition, you may need to change the stacking order of those layers. And the easy way to do this is just to get your type layer and drag it up to wherever you want to it to be within the composition. I've now put this back as being the top layer in my layer stack, so we can now read the type.
I can use my Move tool to just reposition my type wherever I need it to be on my canvas. And because type exists on its own separate layer and we want to retain those layers, we will need to save our files in a format that retains our layers-- that means Photoshop or TIFF.
- 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
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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