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Hey guys! I’m back…with another text tutorial. Betcha didn’t know there was so much you could do with the text tool did you? Today I am going to tell you about Warping Text. I remember as a kid doing Power Point Presentations, and the cool thing was to make your text all “arty” I don’t remember what the tool was called in Power Point, but it reminds me of PS’s Text Warping tool. So lets begin!

Here Is the text we are going to warp. With your text tool selected click on that T with the “frowning” face under it. See the red arrow?

A menu box like this one will pop up. As you can see, the style NONE is the  default selected. Click on the arrows to show the whole menu.

Look at all the different styles you can use! Some of these are a lot of fun. For this tut we are going to select Arc.

Once you pick a style, you can adjust the Bend, Horizontal and Vertical Distortions.

What a fast, fun and easy way to manipulate text, right? Sometimes it’s easier and quicker to do this then use a text on a path. One thing to remember is that you can only do this to un-rasterized text. So, have fun, play  around with all the effects and make some fun Word Art!

Missed my other tuts on the text tool? Check HERE, HERE, and HERE.

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Every once in awhile, I want a vertical title. Usually, it’s not a big deal if I use an alpha from the kit, but in this case, the alpha didn’t really match my LO. So I was going to make my own {remember the Tut on making your own alpha?} I wanted my title to go right down the side of the series of pictures. Well, there is an easy way to flip your text so it writes vertically instead of horizontally.

Select your Text tool. On the tool bar to the left, activate the fly out menu for the text tool. You can do that by right clicking on the T. Once activated Simply click the the Vertical Type Tool option.

Now, place your curser where you want to type and have at it! Pretty easy right? And in case you were wondering, to switch back to the horizontal type, you go through the same steps. I turned my LO into a QP FREEBIE for you! minus vertical title, so you can add your own. DL HERE I use Candy Corn by Flowerscraps and a Template from my newest template pack Multiplicity V2. Enjoy!

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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!

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