Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video The pros and cons of setting type in Photoshop, part of Photoshop for Designers: Type Essentials.
When we talk of Photoshop, type is not necessarily the first thing that comes into our mind, and yet Photoshop is well suited to working with type. Why might we want to set our type in Photoshop? Well, first and foremost, it's convenient. If we are in Photoshop and we need to combine our imagery with type, we're in Photoshop, we don't need to go elsewhere. Also, Photoshop may be what we are most familiar with. We don't need to go to InDesign or Illustrator; we can just stay where we are. Because Photoshop creates live vector type, it's going to be crisp, it's going to be continuously editable, and we can do a tremendous amount with it and have it remain editable.
Photoshop has a lot of the same sophisticated type options that are avoidable in InDesign and Illustrator and other programs like that. It has excellent kerning and tracking options. It's got justification and hyphenation options, and we can get some really sophisticated-looking type working with OpenType. That said, it does have some drawbacks when working with type. You should not be working with extended bodies of type. If you are setting your resume or CV in Photoshop, you're in the wrong place.
If you are trying to create anything that involves using multi-pages, you're in the wrong place. But for headlines, labels, captions, short bursts of text, Photoshop may be the perfect place to create your type.
- 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
Up and Running with Photoshop for Designwith 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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