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Photoshop offers you four tools, the Options bar, and a pair of palettes (Character and Paragraph) to control your work with text. By default, the Character and Paragraph palettes are hidden; because you can make the major type-related decisions (such as font style and alignment) right from the Options bar, that's generally fine. You might need to show the palettes if you're doing some fine-tuning of the text appearance. When you do need the palettes, you can show them by choosing WindowOCharacter or WindowO Paragraph, respectively, from the menu bar or (with the Type tool active) by clicking the Palettes button toward the right end of the Options bar, as shown in Figure 13-1.

Figure 13-1: Photoshop gives you lots of tools for working with text.

Photoshop CS2 adds one of the most requested type-related features in the history of the program. For the first time, as you can see in the inset to the lower right in Figure 13-1, Photoshop's Font menu actually shows a preview sample of the font styles so that you don't need to memorize the appearance of all your various type faces. And you can choose PreferencesOType to select from three different sizes for the font preview.

Type can be informative or decorative or both. You can use the type tools to add paragraphs of text or a single character as an element of your artwork. The text can be plain and unadorned or elaborately dressed up with layer styles, such as drop shadows, glows, bevel effects, and other effects that you apply to make the layer content fancier. However you use it, text can be a powerful element of both communication and symbolism. Take a look at Figure 13-2, in which I use the Type tool to add the binary code to the left and even the musical notes below.

Figure 13-2: You can also use Photoshop's type as symbolic or decorative elements.

But before you add any text to your artwork, you need to have a good handle on the various type tools, palettes, menus, and options available to you. I start with an introduction to Photoshop's type tools.

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