June 15, 2011
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.
March 31, 2011
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.
December 3, 2010
Using either the Shape tools or the Pen tool, create a closed path or shape (such as a circle) to contain the type. Then, select the Type tool and position the cursor with in the shape. The cursor appears to have parenthesis around it indicating that any added text will be constrained within the shape. Resizing the shape will reflow the type.
December 2, 2010
Using either the Shape tools or the Pen tool, create a path keeping in mind that the type that you will add will flow in the direction that anchor points were added to the path. Then, select the Type tool and click on the path where you want the text to begin (when the cursor is properly positioned above the path, the type insertion point icon will display a horizontal line – the baseline indicator, through it) and start typing.
When working with an open path (an arc for example), Command (Mac) / Control (Win) -drag the small “x” icon at the beginning of the type change where on the path the type begins.
When working with a closed path (a circle for example), use the same shortcut as above, and you’ll notice that there is an additional “o” icon on the path which can be dragged with the same shortcut and will act as an end point, restricting the type to flow beyond it.
When moving the starting point for type on a path, you will probably notice that you can flip the orientation of type on a path by Command (Mac) / Control (Win) -dragging either I-beam at the beginning of the type, or the flashing insertion point within the type, from above the path to below the path. Note that the text will flow the text the other direction. If you simple want to move the type above or below the text (without flipping it), use the baseline shift in the Character panel.
December 1, 2010
Command (Mac) / Control (Win) (while working with type) displays the bounding box around the type. Drag any handle to resize (scale) the type. Add the Shift key to scale proportionally.
November 30, 2010
Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + H will hide the selection of type. This is convenient, for example, if you have typed in your first and last name and select your last name to change it’s size, font, color etc. Use the shortcut to hide the selection of your last name in order to see the new font, size, color etc. accurately (instead of seeing the type reversed out because it’s selected).
November 5, 2010
When editing point (or headline) type, Command (Mac) / Control (Win) -drag the anchor points (or bounding box) to resize the type. Add the Shift key to keep it constrained.
When editing Paragraph type, the anchor points on the bounding box (for the paragraph type) are always visible. Click and drag the anchor points to resize the paragraph block. Command (Mac) / Control (Win) -drag the anchor points (or bounding box) to resize the type.Add the Shift key to keep it constrained.
November 4, 2010
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 have the style then “Faux” styling will be applied.
Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift + B sets Bold
Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift + I sets Italic
Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift + K sets All Caps
Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift + H sets Small Caps
November 3, 2010
With a type layer selected, Shift -click in the image to create a new type layer. (This can be very helpful when a image contains several type layers in close proximity.)
November 2, 2010
Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift + X resets Horizontal Scaling to 100%.
Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt (Win) + Shift +X resets Vertical Scaling to 100%.
November 1, 2010
To change the amount of spacing between two characters (knows as “kerning” if only two characters are selected, or “range-kerning” or “tracking” if greater than 2 letters are selected), Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) + left/right arrow key to decrease/increase spacing.
October 22, 2010
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) + Shift + A reverts back to Auto Leading.
October 21, 2010
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 they shortcut Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt (Win) + Shift + T 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.
October 20, 2010
Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt + (Win) + Shift + H toggles paragraph hyphenation on/off.
October 19, 2010
Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift + F to justify paragraph type while aligning the last line.
Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift + J to justify paragraph type including the last line.