Posts tagged "Type Tool"

January 13, 2015

Accessing Special Type Characters in Photoshop

As a follow up to Monday’s blog – here are a few shortcuts for accessing special characters within Photoshop (assuming that the font that you have selected contains those characters!).

Bullet (•) – Option + 8 (Mac) | Alt + 7 (Win)

Cent (¢) – Option + 4 (Mac) | Alt + 155 (Win)

Copyright (©) – Option + G (Mac) | Alt + 0169 (Win)

Degree (°) – Option + Shift + 8 (Mac) | Alt + 248 (Win)

Ellipsis (…) – Option + Semi-colon (Mac) | Alt + 0133 (Win)

En dash (–) – Option + dash (Mac) | Alt + 0150

Em dash (—) – Option + Shift + dash  (Mac) | Alt + 0151

Registered Trademark (®) – Option +R (Mac) | Alt + 0174 (Win)

Trademark (™) – Option + 2 (Mac) |  Alt + 0153

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January 12, 2015

Julieanne’s Favorite Type Shortcuts in Photoshop CC 2014

Here is a list of my favorite shortcuts for working with Type in Photoshop:

1) Basic Formatting Shortcuts:
• Command + Shift + < or > (Mac) | Control  + Shift + < or > (Win) increases/decreases point size by 1.
• Command + Option + Shift + < or > (Mac) | Control + Alt + Shift + < or > (Win) increases/decreases point size by 5.
• Option + (Mac) | Alt  + (Win) left/right arrow key decreases/increases kerning (the amount of spacing between two characters).
• Option + (Mac) | Alt  + (Win) left/right arrow key decreases/increases tracking (if greater than 2 letters are selected).
• Option (Mac) | Alt (Win) + up/down arrow increases/decreases leading (the amount of vertical space between lines in a paragraph).
• Command + Option (Mac) | Control + Alt  (Win) + up/down arrow increases/decreases leading by 5.
• Option + Shift (Mac) | Alt  + (Win) Shift + up/down arrow increases/decreases the baseline shift by 1.
• Command + Option + Shift + A (Mac) | Control + Alt + Shift + A (Win) reverts back to Auto Leading.
• Command + Return (Mac) | Control + Enter (Win) commits the text (simply clicking return/enter will add a line break).
• Command + Shift + L/C/R (Mac) | Control + Shift + L/C/R (Win) aligns text Left/Center/Right (when using the Horizontal Type tool).
• Command + Shift + L/C/R (Mac) | Control + Shift + L/C/R (Win) aligns Top/Center/Bottom when using the Vertical Type tool.

2) Changing Font Style
If a font “family” (Myriad or Minion for example) has a font “style” (Bold or Italic for example), then the following keyboard shortcuts will change the Font Style. If the font doesn’t contain the style then “Faux” styling will be applied.
• Command  + Shift + B (Mac) / Control + Shift + B (Win) sets Bold.
• Command + Shift + I (Mac) / Control + Shift + I (Win) sets Italic.
• Command + Shift +  K (Mac) / Control + Shift +  K (Win) sets All Caps.
• Command + Shift +  H (Mac) / Control + Shift +  H (Win) sets Small Caps.

3) Selecting Type
• Shift + Left Arrow/Right Arrow selects 1 character left/right.
• Shift + Down Arrow/Up Arrow selects 1 line down/up.
• Command + Shift + Left/Right Arrow (Mac) | Control + Shift + Left/Right Arrow  (Win) selects 1 word left/right.
•  While the type (or a portion of the type) is selected, Command + H (Mac) | Control + H (Win) hides the selected “reversed out” type enabling a more accurate preview of the type (especially when selecting a color).
• Double click the “T” (Type Layer thumbnail) in the Layers panel to select all of the type on the Layer.
• Select multiple type layers at one time (using the Layers panel) to change attributes for multiple layers at once.

4) Resizing Type — When editing type, Command-drag  (Mac) | Control-drag  (Win) the anchor points (of the bounding box) to resize the type. Add the Shift key to constrain proportions.

5) Repositioning Type—Positioning the cursor slightly outside of the Type’s bounding box, temporarily toggles the icon to the Move tool. Drag to reposition the type in the image area without first having to commit to the type.

6) Adding a New Type Layer—Shift-click the Type tool in the image area to create a new type layer when close to another type block. (Adding the Shift key prevents Photoshop from auto selecting nearby text, which can be very helpful when a image contains several type layers in close proximity).

7) The Adobe Single vs Multi-Line Composer —The overall “look and feel” of justified text can be vastly improved by calculating the justification settings based on more than one line of text in a paragraph (as opposed to setting each line individually).  The next time you create a block of paragraph text in Photoshop, select the type and use the shortcut• Command + Option + Shift + T (Mac) | Control + Alt + Shift + T (Win) to toggle between the Adobe Single-line and Every-line Composer. The Adobe Every-line Composer will almost always produce tighter, better-looking paragraphs with more consistent spacing.

8) Paragraph Formatting Shortcuts
• Command + Option + Shift + H (Mac) / Control + Alt + Shift + H (Win) toggles paragraph hyphenation on/off.
• When creating Paragraph (or “Area”) type, Option -click (Mac) | Alt -click (Win) in the image area to set the width and height of the paragraph type bounding box.
• Command + Shift + J (Mac) | Control  + Shift + J (Win) will justify the paragraph and left justify the last line.
• Command + Shift + F (Mac) | Control  + Shift + F (Win) will justify the paragraph AND justify the last line.

9) Warping Type Layers — To warp multiple layers of text as a single unit, select the layers and convert them into a single Smart Object. Then, add the warp. (Edit > Transform > Warp or Type > Warp Text)

10) Changing the Color of Type
• Option + Delete (Mac) | Alt  + Backspace (Win) fills any selected type with the foreground color.
• Command + Delete (Mac) | Control + Backspace (Win) fills any selected type with the background color.
Note: If the type layer is selected, but no individual letters within the text block are selected (there isn’t any text insertion point in the text), these shortcuts will change the color of all of the type on a layer.

11) Previewing Fonts
Now that Photoshop displays live font previews in the image area, you might want to turn off the preview in the font menu (allowing you to see more of your image, and less of the menu). Choose  Type > Font Preview Size > None to turn off (or make smaller) the font preview menu.

The video below has more information on Instant Font Preview, Font Search and Typekit Features in Photoshop CC:

And here is more information on Typekit Font Matching in Photoshop CC

And a blog post about System Font Matching and Sub Pixel Rendering in Photoshop CC

What to know how to set default Type Styles in Photoshop CC? Watch the video below.

Learn more about Paragraph and Character Styles in the following Photoshop video:

I’m sure that there are more shortcuts that you find useful. If so, please share!

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November 10, 2012

Em and En Dashes in Photoshop

Option + – (hyphen or minus sign) creates an en dash on the Mac. On Windows the shortcut is Alt + 0150.

Option + Shift + – (hyphen or minus sign) creates an em dash on the Mac. On Windows the shortcut is Alt + 0151.

For more information about dash usage, click here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dash

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November 8, 2012

Six Type Tool Shortcuts in Photoshop CS6

• To warp multiple layers of text as a single unit, first convert the layers into a Smart Object, then add the warp.

• When creating point type, holding the Command (Mac) | Control (Win) allows the repositioning and scaling of the text. To constrain the proportions of the type while scaling, add the shift key).

• Command + Return (Mac) | Control + Enter (Win) commits the text.

• Shift-click the Type tool in the image area to create a new type layer when close to another type block. (Adding the shift key prevents Photoshop from auto selecting nearby text).

• While the type in the image is selected, Command + H (Mac) | Control + B (Win)  + H will hide the selected “reversed out” type enabling a more accurate preview of the type (especially when selecting at color).

• Option + Delete (Mac) | Alt  + Backspace (Win) fills any selected type with the foreground color. Command + Delete (Mac) | Control + Backspace (Win) fills any selected type with the background color. If the type layer is selected, but no individual letters within the text block are selected (there isn’t any text insertion point in the text), these shortcuts will change the color of all of the type on a layer.

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November 5, 2012

Customizing the Type Tool’s Default Settings in Photoshop CS6

To change the Type tool’s default settings, close all open documents and make your changes in the Options bar. These settings will now be your new defaults.

If you often set type in Photoshop, you can also use Tool Presets to save and reuse certain combinations of fonts, sizes, colors etc. To save a Tool preset, customize the Type options, then save them as a tool preset either from the Tool Presets panel of the Tool Presets drop down in the Options bar.

Of course if you are using Photoshop CS6, you also have the ability to save Character and Paragraph styles. Click here (Paragraph and Character Styles in Photoshop CS6) for more information on the new Type features in Photoshop CS6.

 

5:18 AM Permalink
May 21, 2012

Video Tutorial – Paragraph and Character Styles in Photoshop CS6

In this video tutorial (Paragraph and Character Styles in Photoshop CS6), Julieanne Kost demonstrates how to increase your productivity when working with type by creating Paragraph and Character styles in Photoshop CS6. With these styles, you can apply formatting to selected characters, lines, or paragraphs with a single click.

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June 15, 2011

Video Tutorial – Creating Transparent Logos for Watermarks and Overlays in Photoshop

In this Episode of The Complete Picture (Creating Transparent Logos for Watermarks and Overlays in Photoshop) I will demonstrate how to create a single vector logo out of multiple type and shape layers, specify a consistent size, apply a style and save the entire creation as a Tool Preset! In addition, I will show you how to add a scan of your signature to any photograph with a simple change of a layer blend mode.

 

 

 

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March 31, 2011

Tool Presets

Tool presets can save hours of time a week depending on the tools you use. For example, if you have three different fonts that you use for different clients all at certain sizes with specific alignment options, colors etc., simply set those options and, at the far left of the Options bar, click the tool icon to display the Tool Presets Picker (or select Window > Tool Presets to view the Tool Presets panel). Click the New Preset icon (the dog-eared page icon) to save your preset. You can also click the arrow for a variety of additional options such as saving and loading tool presets that you may share between machines and/or with friends.  Obviously Tool Presets go far beyond fonts, as they can save any tool’s options such as cropping sizes, dodge and burn settings,paint brushes etc.

 

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May 15, 2009

Changing Multiple Type Layers

To change multiple Type layers at one time, select them in the Layers panel and with the type tool selected, change the desired attributes in the Options bar.

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May 14, 2009

Paragraph Type

When using the Type tool, Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift + L, C, R will align a paragraph left, center, or right. While working with text, Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + M to display the Paragraph panel.

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May 13, 2009

Changing Baseline Shift

When using the Type tool, Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) + Shift + up arrow or down arrow will increase/decrease baseline shift.

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May 12, 2009

Changing Kerning & Tracking

When using the Type tool, Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) + left arrow or right arrow will increase/decrease kerning/tracking

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May 11, 2009

Changing Point Size

When using the Type tool, Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift + < or > will increase/decrease the point size.

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April 17, 2009

Point vs. Paragraph Type

Simply clicking with the Type tool will create Point Type (lines of type that have to be manually broken to wrap using the return key). To create Paragraph Type, (type that is flows within a bounding box) click and drag with the Type tool to draw the bounding box. Or, Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -click in the image area with the Type tool to display the Paragraph Text size dialog box to numerically enter the height and width of the bounding area.

5:23 AM Permalink
April 16, 2009

Previewing Type

Click in the text entry field next to the font family (on the Options bar) to highlight the font name and use the up/down arrow keys on the keyboard to select the next/previous typeface (if the type is selected in the image area, you can see the type change as you select different typefaces). While type in the image is selected, Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + H will hide the selected “reversed out” type enabling a more accurate preview of the type.

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