Posts tagged "Typography"

October 22, 2010

Changing the Leading

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.

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October 21, 2010

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 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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October 20, 2010

Paragraph Hyphenation

Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt + (Win) + Shift + H  toggles paragraph hyphenation on/off.

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October 19, 2010

Justifying Paragraph Type

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.

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October 18, 2010

Select All Type on a Layer

To quickly select all type on a layer, double click the type layer’s thumbnail in the Layers panel.

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September 20, 2010

Add File Name as Text Layer

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.

Quit Photoshop.

Place the script in your Photoshop CS5/Presets/Scripts folder.

Launch Photoshop.

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.

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January 15, 2010

Add File Name as Layer

If you need to add the name of a file to an image as a Type layer, I have posted a script to 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.).

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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.

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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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April 15, 2009

Selecting 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.

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