Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting type preferences, part of Photoshop for Designers: Type Essentials.
Let's start by taking a look at our Photoshop Preferences, specifically those ones that relate to type. So I am going to come to the Preferences menu. Now, for Windows users, you'll find your Preferences at the bottom of the Edit menu. And then go straight to Type. Now, most of these are pretty self-explanatory. Use Smart Quotes. Yes, we want to have paired quotation marks, although we will see in a later movie how sometimes this can trip us up, but for the most part, this is a good thing. We want these turned on. Show Asian Text Options, obviously relevant if I were working with Asian text.
I am not going to be, so I am going to leave that turned off. Enable Missing Glyph Protection. This will make sure that any glyphs that are missing are going to be substituted. Show Font Names in English. Yes, please. And Font Preview Size: Medium, Small, et cetera. Let me just show you what this is, if I come and select this type here. Here is our font preview size. So we've currently set at Medium. I could come and change that. No compelling reason to do so.
I am quite happy with the way it is, but let's see what it would look like if it was set to Huge. There is the difference, but I am going to go back and put it to Medium. Now, there is one other thing that I would like to do here, and that's in my Units & Rulers. I want to make sure that my Type is set to pixels as opposed to points, and I recommend that you do the same, because pixels are in absolute measurement. Points are always going to be relative to the resolution of your Photoshop document.
Column Size looks like it's going to be a type-related preference. It actually has nothing to do with type whatsoever. It's just the size at which you can crop an image. We have the potion of adding our own custom keyboard shortcuts to any menu item that doesn't have a keyboard shortcut. And there are a few candidates that we might want to consider when working with type. Here are a couple of my personal favorites, which I find to be quite useful. I am going to come to Keyboard Shortcuts, and I am going to create a new keyboard shortcut set, which I will call nigel.
Feel free to call your something different. I'm going to expand the Application menu command for layer, and then scroll down. We have here a list of everything, including all of the sub-items on the layer menu. I am going to keep scrolling down until I get to the Align commands. And the two that I am after are the Vertical Centers and the Horizontal Centers. So, I am going to click in the Shortcut column and I am going to create a shortcut for aligning the vertical centers.
And I am going to have this shortcut be Command+Option+Shift+Left Bracket or on Windows, Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Left Bracket For the Horizontal Centers, same three modifier keys, right square bracket. I will accept that. Click OK. Let me just show you what that does. So, if I move this piece of type so that it's no longer centered horizontally or vertically, if I press Command+A or Ctrl+A to select all, rather than coming here, Align layers to Selection and choosing these two options twice-- I'd need to make two visits then-- I can just use those keyboard shortcuts to center not the type itself, but the block of text on my canvas.
So, those are our type preferences and just a couple of examples of adding your own custom keyboard shortcuts.
- 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