Photoshop Tutorials - Working with the Text
Working with the Text
Images are often enriched with the text. Please note that fonts and texts used in Photoshop are the elements of the vector graphics and they are saved in vector layers that you cannot apply the bitmap graphics or effects to.
There are four tools to work with the text: Vertical Type Tool, Horizontal Type Tool, Vertical Type Mask Tool and Horizontal Type Mask Tool.
Horizontal Type Tool and Vertical Type Tool are tools that create new layer with horizontal and vertical text respectively.
Horizontal Type Mask Tool and Vertical Type Mask Tool create the selection in the shape of the text. Such selection is useful when you do not want to fool with converting vector layers to bitmap layers. However, working this way you do not have access to many text options that are available with first two tools.
Text layer is easy to distinguish in the Layers palette. It has the T letter instead of the small image icon that other layers have. When you choose one of the text tools, their settings appear in the Options palette. The settings are traditional. You can set the font and its size, make it bold, italic and underlined, and you can set the anti-aliasing method. If you have several rows of text you can set the alignment. You can warp the text. When you want to warp the text there are several settings that will help you that open in the special window. The Style option sets the shape of the text curve, Bend option sets how strong the text curve is bent. Horizontal Distortion lets you distort text horizontally to the right when it is set to the positive value and to the left when the negative value is set. Vertical Distortion lets you distort the text vertically. It works similar to the Horizontal Distortion.
Toggle the Character and Paragraph Palettes icon brings up the menu where you can set various character and paragraph options like the leading, tracking for selected characters, kerning, set the margins and add paragraphs and enable Hypernate option that automatically moves the word to the next line to avoid division at the end of the line.
You can rasterize the text layer to turn it to bitmap from vector graphics. To do so go to Layers > Rasterize > Rasterize Layer.