Photoshop Text Tips and Tricks You (Probably) Haven’t Known

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Can using text on Photoshop harm you?

Yes, man! And it can make you lose lot of time when there are superscript and subscript, letter-spacing, line-spacing, etc.

I usally spend one hour at day using Photoshop. Sometimes to fix bad photos, sometimes to create posters, but I also fought against text and it often won.

Now I want to show you some simple tips, tricks and keyboard shortcuts to simplify your works with text on Photoshop.

First of all select the Default Workspace of Photoshop (I use the CS3 Version)

Default Workspace

Now you are sure to have the text Character & Paragraph tab on the right.

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Quickly Preview Your Text With Different Fonts

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Select the Type layer in the Layers palette, click on the font selection option in the Options Bar at the top of the screen, then use your Up or Down arrow keys to change font.

Letter Spacing

Letter Spacing could reminds you of the CSS property and here works in the same way: it sets the space bewteen letters.
If you want to change it in an entire text level open the Characther, select the letter-spacing area and set it.

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You can also do this for a limited number of letters, just select the desired letters.

Keyboard Shortcut

Select the desired text and then “Ctrl+Alt” (Windows) or “Command+Option” (Mac) and use the Up and Down arrow keys to adjust linespacing by 10 points of default.

Line Spacing

This property is called “line-height” on CSS and it sets the space bewteen lines.
If you want to change it in an entire text level open the Characther, select the line-spacing area and set it.

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You can also do this for a limited number of line, just select the desired line.

Keyboard Shortcut

Select the desired text and then “Alt” (Windows) or “Option” (Mac) and use the Up and Down arrow keys to adjust linespacing by 2 points of default.

Superscript Text

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Keyboard Shortcut

Highlight the text and hold “Ctrl+Shift++” (Windows) / “Command+Shift++” (Mac)

Subscript Text

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Keyboard Shortcut

Highlight the text and hold “Ctrl+Shift+Alt++” (Windows) / “Command+Shift+Option++” (Mac)

Convert Text To All Caps

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Keyboard Shortcut

Highlight the text and hold “Ctrl+Shift+K” (Windows) / “Command+Shift+K” (Mac)

Convert Text To Small Caps

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Keyboard Shortcut

Highlight the text and hold “Ctrl+Shift+H” (Windows) / “Command+Shift+H” (Mac)

Apply A Fake Bold Aspect

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I often have to go up against some font designers ’cause they don’t include the bold style to their font.
With Photoshop you can fix this problem (in part))

Keyboard Shortcut

Highlight the text and hold “Ctrl+Shift+B” (Windows) / “Command+Shift+B” (Mac) to make text bold.

Apply A Fake Italic Aspect

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The same goes for the italic style.

Keyboard Shortcut

Highlight the text and hold “Ctrl+Shift+I” (Windows) / “Command+Shift+I” (Mac) for italics.

About the Author

WebDesignDev.com welcomes our newest blogger, Andrea Pelizzardi, an Italian web/graphic designer who is the author of this article and many more to come. You can follow Andrea on TheGoldenFlux.com.

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16 thoughts on “Photoshop Text Tips and Tricks You (Probably) Haven’t Known”

  1. One of the worst tutorial I’ve ever seen.. I’m sorry but it simply means nothing. They are not tricks, they’re just the buttons explained. And if you have 3 minutes in 1 day to try every single button, you’ll have the same result. Without reading the tutorial.
    I hope webdesigndev will have higher standards in the future.

    1. Takami, thank you for the candid feedback. Please keep in mind that not all tutorials are geared towards advanced users. We will keep your feedback in mind when releasing the next tutorial.

    2. Hi Takami, I’m the author of the post.

      This is not a real tutorial… In the title i wrote “tricks and tips”.
      The keyboard shortcuts are simple tips…

      I mean… I only want that users (novice or advanced) note things maybe they’ve never thought about.

      Users would like to see a list like this rather than browsing the whole PS manual/help menu, no?

      Anyway, you do a good job writing constructive criticism, I appreciate it. 🙂

    3. Haha, I agree with the fella above – this is a manual. When I saw TIPS and TRICKS, i thought it would be something that’s NOT out of the manual or explaining the things that people could already see and experiment.

  2. Just look at the images, and I even don’t think so to read the whole post. Leave this comments as a back link to my site and so you there’s someone coming here, so don’t erase the comments please, good try 😀

  3. you were absolutely right i did know anyone of them. I got to know many information about photo shop. Pictures made it easier to understand.

  4. Most of them are very basic stuff, somewhere in the title you could have mentioned, that it’s for beginners.

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