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.
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Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt + (Win) + Shift + H toggles paragraph hyphenation on/off.
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.
To quickly select all type on a layer, double click the type layer’s thumbnail in the Layers panel.
If you’ve ever needed to add a text layer that contains the name of the open file here is a script to make it happen.
Download the script: AddFileName20pt.jsx and double click to unzip the file.
Place the script in your Photoshop CS5/Presets/Scripts folder.
Open your image.
Select File > Scripts > AddFileName20pt
A word of caution, it is doubtful that the script will add the type layer at the exact size and in the exact position that you will want it. In order to make changes to the type style (size, font, color etc.), it is CRITICAL (especially if you are recording the script as part of an action) that you double click on the “Filename” type layer in the Layers palette and make changes to the type (font, size etc.) using the Options bar. Do NOT swipe the text in the image area or it will record that file’s name as part of the action and all of the following images will be named the same as the first one that you recorded!
Special thanks to Thomas Ruark at Adobe for creating this script.
If you need to add the name of a file to an image as a Type layer, I have posted a script to http://www.jkost.com/photoshop.html to do this. Simply place the script in the Photoshop Applications Folder’s Presets > Scripts folder. Relaunch Photoshop and run the script it by selecting File > Scripts > AddFileName20pt. Note: if you’re using this as part of a Batch process and want to change the Type attributes, simply select the layer (not the individual type in the image area) and, in the Options bar, change the desired attribute such as font, color etc.).
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.
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.
When using the Type tool, Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) + Shift + up arrow or down arrow will increase/decrease baseline shift.
When using the Type tool, Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) + left arrow or right arrow will increase/decrease kerning/tracking
When using the Type tool, Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift + < or > will increase/decrease the point size.
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.
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.
Clicking the cursor within a type block will auto-select the Type layer on the Layers panel. Shift-click with the Type tool to create a new Type layer (in case you’re close to another type block and Photoshop tries to auto-select it). Double clicking on the “T” icon on Layers panel will select all of the type on the layer.
When entering text, you’re in a semi-modal state in Photoshop – similar to Free Transform. However, the return or enter key will break the text to the next line – not commit to it (like it would apply the transformation). In order to apply (or commit the text) use the Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + return or enter.