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Tutorial Tuesday: The Text Tool Continues…

by Steph on 30 October 2012
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Today, I want to show you all the things your text tool can do. Wait…it does more then just write? Oh yes, my friends. SO MUCH MORE!  Unfortunately, you can only edit text preferences in Photoshop CS. This tutorial isn’t applicable to PSE. Sorry guys. Ok here we go-

I am going to go over pretty much everything in the Text Tool’s character panel. Some things I’m sure you already know about, so I won’t be spending much time on things like font size and color. But I am sure you will learn something! Your Text character panel should look something like this- I have numbered the things I am going to go over.

1.  font you are currently using- you can change the font from here too.

2.  font size

3. Kerning- the space between 2 letters. Will expand on in number 8

4. Vertical and Horizontal Scaling. As the name implies, you can change the width and height of your text. Essentially making it really tall or really fat.

5. Baseline Shift. You can move selected letters above or below the base line. Positive is above the baseline and negative is the baseline. You can do something like this-{this is a really dramatic example. LOL}



6. Faux styles. You can make your font bold, italic, all caps, underlined or with a line through it. These are kinda fun.

7. Leading. The space Between Lines of text. Sometimes you may be using say a cursive font with lots of loops. If you lines are too close together, it can make your text hard to read. I customize this all the time. It’s also useful if you have a small space to journal and want to fit in more lines. The smaller the number the closer the lines.

8. Tracking. The space between all the letters in your text. I use this often. I, however never use Kerning. Kerning and tracking are very similar, it can be hard to keep track. I like to think of Kerning being local- only 2 letters at a time- and Tracking being global – all the letters- One of my pet peeves is when I use a cursive font and the letters don’t run together like actual cursive. I can “squish” the letters closer until I get the desired effect. To me, a cursive font looks much better when there are no breaks between the letters.  A negative number will move the letters closer together and a positive number will spread them further apart.

9. This is the color of your font.

Of all those options above, the ones I most use are Leading and Tracking.  Here is an example of how you can get different text effects by playing with leading and tracking-

I hope you learned a few new tricks to put in your Photoshop tool box! Play around in the Text Character Panel. It’s fun to kind of customize fonts. Have a scrappy good day!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 LLinda 26 November 2012 at 5:08 am

One of the best all-time tutorials on this subject that I’ve seen! Excellent explanation of a confusing subject!


2 Amberpony 11 February 2013 at 5:41 am

Thank You for explaining All the Boxes. This should Really Help save some time, Much faster then how I have been squishing my Cursive Fonts together.


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