Text tools in Adobe Photoshop

May 21st, 2006 by Posted in Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Basics

   

If you’re anything like me, you don’t like the default text of Adobe Photoshop. You like a lot of space between your text and some space between text lines as well. Or maybe the default line height is too much? Either way, this tutorial is for you.

Lets show the menu

To start off, we need to show the Character Menu from the window options, go to Window > Character. This will show the character window in your application.

Text tools in Adobe Photoshop

Text tools in Adobe Photoshop

Alright, now that we have that window open, lets take a look at what each part does. First we need to create some text in your document. I used a new document to demonstrate this, but you can use whatever document you like. Create text by using the text tool:

Text tools in Adobe Photoshop

Now that we have our text, you can change the font family with the first option which is found on the commonly used text toolbar.

Text tools in Adobe Photoshop

Or you can change the font type with the second option, which is also found on the text toolbar.

The other two options that appear on the text toolbar are text color and the font size. Two very commonly used options with text.

Let’s take a look at some options that are not on the text toolbar, but are very useful on the character palette. The first of which is the Line height option. Text tools in Adobe Photoshop Setting this value smaller than your text will cause the text to overlap, as seen by the following image.

Text tools in Adobe Photoshop



Text tools in Adobe Photoshop

Next up is the Letter Spacing Text tools in Adobe Photoshop. Changing this option, which is in fact my favorite, will cause your letters to be more evenly spaced apart.

Text tools in Adobe Photoshop

Another feature set of options, which are great for making logos, are the horizontal scalar tool and the vertical scalar tool. They can change the look of the text dramatically. Here is what they can do:

Text tools in Adobe Photoshop

The next item on the list is the Baseline Shift. This option does exactly what it sounds like, it moves the text X pt above the baseline. This option is important if you need to keep the baseline inline with another element, but need the text to be higher (to keep the subtext below the baseline element for example.)

Text tools in Adobe Photoshop

Here we have the first layer of text with a 0 pt baseline shift, and the second layer with a 5pt baseline shift. This could be very useful for faking drop shadows solid drop shadows, or to create a very basic 3d effect.

The last row of options is pretty basic, and can be found in any word processing program. I just labeled them for you to take a look at.

Text tools in Adobe Photoshop

The reasons behind sharing these features of Adobe Photoshop with you are because they can create some very nice looking text and logos. For example:

Text tools in Adobe Photoshop

The first part of this logo was spaced using the letter spacing option. The second part was a combination of letter spacing and superscript option.


I hope that you have learned something and can use your new found option in Adobe Photoshop to make some really sweet looking text.

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