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)
Now you are sure to have the text Character & Paragraph tab on the right.
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 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.
You can also do this for a limited number of letters, just select the desired letters.
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.
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.
You can also do this for a limited number of line, just select the desired line.
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.
Highlight the text and hold “Ctrl+Shift++” (Windows) / “Command+Shift++” (Mac)
Highlight the text and hold “Ctrl+Shift+Alt++” (Windows) / “Command+Shift+Option++” (Mac)
Highlight the text and hold “Ctrl+Shift+K” (Windows) / “Command+Shift+K” (Mac)
Highlight the text and hold “Ctrl+Shift+H” (Windows) / “Command+Shift+H” (Mac)
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))
Highlight the text and hold “Ctrl+Shift+B” (Windows) / “Command+Shift+B” (Mac) to make text bold.
The same goes for the italic style.
Highlight the text and hold “Ctrl+Shift+I” (Windows) / “Command+Shift+I” (Mac) for italics.
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