January 25, 2007

Mo’ betta tips for Photoshop type

Author & Photoshop TV personality Dave Cross shares a wealth of tips for working with text in Photoshop in a 10-page PDF on CreativePro.com.   The chapter (excerpted from Dave’s book) gives succinct answers to a variety of questions (how to fill type with a texture, how to insert a copyright symbol, when to update type layers, etc.) and should be worth printing out for future reference.

For more tips, see my 12 Tips for Photoshop Text, which Russell Brown demos & expands upon in this video.  For more type bits, see the Typography category of this blog.  And while I’ve got your ear:

  • Veer says, "Next time you have to explain kerning to a layman, you’ll have a live demo just a zip away"–and with the sweater they’re offering, they’re right.   Nice. :-)
  • CreativePro has also launched TypeTalk, a monthly Q&A on typography.  If you wonder things like which direction the apostrophe should face before "’70’s," for example–and yes, I do–the column should be a good read.
Posted by John Nack at 11:18 AM on January 25, 2007

Comments

  • Jim Heid — 12:44 PM on January 25, 2007

    This makes my former-typographer’s heart leap with joy. I cringe every time I see a “typewriter” quote or incorrect opening or closing single quote in a lavishly produced graphic.
    [True dat. What’s funny, though, is how convention & meaning change with tools. Godawful ALL CAPS brush fonts now say, “I’m authentic, from da *street*” because that’s what the crappy stitching machines at swap meets offer. Therefore a particular design style becomes associated with something desirable and thus becomes its own little idiom.
    I thought of this because of the info about whether drop caps are supposed to be separated from words, noted in the TypeTalk article. I’d always thought they were, given that that’s what computer software has done for as long as I’ve been paying attention. In fact, I’m so used to the “wrong” thing that the right thing now looks like a mistake. –J.]

  • brett jordan — 3:25 AM on January 26, 2007

    of course, 70s shouldn’t have an apostrophe IN THE FIRST PLACE!
    [Really? But it’s an abbreviation. –J.]
    yes, i’m a typo nerd… sorry…

  • d — 9:01 AM on January 26, 2007

    I’m typesetting my dissertation now and I shudder at how many errors there are in it… though its a very technical maths paper so I doubt anyone who reads it will notice!

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