1 – Create a Text Layer
To create a standard type layer the user should click onto the image with the type tool selected. Photoshop will place all type onto its own unique layer. To edit the text the user should carry out two tasks. First select the appropriate type layer, second the user should select the type tool. The type can now be edited.
2 – Point Text and Area Text
This technique is where the user will click onto the screen and begin typing. Point text does not support automatic text wrap. The type will simply continue off the screen if the user continues typing. Area text consists of text inside a frame which supports text wrapping. To create this frame draw a box with the text tool and type inside the box and begin typing, when you reach the box edge the type will continue onto the next line.
3 – Text Inside a Custom Shape
This is also known as a clipping path where the text will show through an object. This technique is achieved by placing an image above the text layer, right click on the image and choosing 'create clipping mask'. The image can now be moved while the text will remain in the same location. To select the text the user must tun off 'auto select layer' in the layers palette. Next select the text directly and move it around the stage. This will move the text but not the image.
4 – Text on a Path
The process of orientating text to a vector path. The path can then be edited using the path selection and the direct selection tools. The text will adhere to all the normal vector text formatting attributes.
5 – Text Style
This technique can be applied to the text using layer styles. To apply select to the text layer, choose FX at the bottom of the layers palette and select the appropriate style such as drop-shadow. The effect can be copied to other text layers by clicking on the effect with the Alt key pressed and dragging to a new layer. The effect can also be recorded into the layer styles palette.
To preview the font assigned to an object quickly we can select the appropriate word, select the fonts in the font family section of the type option bar and use the up and down arrow keys to toggle through the available fonts. This will provide a real time preview of the font assigned to the word. To release the type tool select CMD / CTRL Enter.
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Source by Peter Meehan