Working With The Type Tool In Photoshop

Creating text in Photoshop is quite easy to do, whether it's for artistic effect or simply to add essential information.We'll look at the various options available with the Type tool

Type and text has numerous applications in Photoshop. You can create logos, web buttons, cool 3D text, even paragraphs of prose using the Type tool. In earlier versions of the program, text was a very basic affair. You created text as a selection which could be filled with a colour in a layer or applied as a layer mask to create type that knocked out part of an image, or was itself filled with an image or texture.

In Photoshop 7, text has become a fully-fledged feature, and the most important aspects of this are its Type Layers. Like Adjustment Layers, Solid Fill and Gradient Layers, Type Layers are 'live'. This means that the text is created as real type just like in a word processing program or vector illustration program. The type can be edited, so that you can go back and change the font used, the colour applied or the properties of the text, such as scale, leading (line spacing) and kerning (letter spacing).

Quality assured

Type layers are produced using vector technology, just like in a vector-based tools such as Illustrator or Freehand, and this has two very important consequences. The first is that type is 'resolution independent'. This means that you can scale, rotate, stretch and distort type layers

Page 84 Get to grips with the idea of different kinds of anti-aliasing for text

Page 82 Older versions created text as selections. Photoshop 7 is more flexible

Page 83 Type layers in Photoshop 6 and above can be edited at any time

Page 84 Get to grips with the idea of different kinds of anti-aliasing for text

Page 82 Older versions created text as selections. Photoshop 7 is more flexible

Page 83 Type layers in Photoshop 6 and above can be edited at any time

Page 84 Learn how to distort vector text in later versions of Photoshop

Page 87 The Warp Text palette lets you distort your type any way you like

Page 89 Use Layer Styles with live layers to create rich and varied text effects

Page 84 Learn how to distort vector text in later versions of Photoshop

Page 87 The Warp Text palette lets you distort your type any way you like

Page 89 Use Layer Styles with live layers to create rich and varied text effects and they will never degrade. It is the vector paths that are altered, and the rasterization is performed at the end. You'll always have crisp, clean type, until the Photoshop document is saved as a flattened image or printed.

Pixel perfect

The other consequence is that you can, if you wish, decide to keep the text as vectors if you print to a postscript printer. This means that the type is printed at the highest possible quality and is never converted to pixels. Even perfectly rasterized type will print slightly fuzzy at the edges. This is because of the necessary anti-aliasing that is used in order to convert the flowing lines of the vector paths into the rows of square, coloured pixels in a normal image layer. To be honest, printing type as true vectors is only important when producing the highest quality artwork for printing on professional printers. Because of this it only works when out-putting CMYK separations from Photoshop.

Note: Rasterization is the process of converting vectors and paths into 'raster'images, made up of pixels. Once a type layer is rasterized it loses any of its special editable properties and becomes just an ordinary pixel-based layer.

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