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Hi! This is Mama Shan with another tutorial for our Kick it Off series and this tutorial is going to focus on type and we are going to add some type to the image. The headline will be Kick it Off with the crown. So over in your toolbar select the type tool. But then since it is T and make sure that is set to the horizontal type tool and when you do that you can see there are options in the top options bar where you can quickly select the font family or style over here and the point size which is how small or large it is. Over here that set the Anti-Aliasing method, up here are the alignments of the text and the color swatch sets the text color. There is also features for warping your type over here and you can get more robust pallets up for type by clicking on this little menu icon in the top options bar and that will give you the paragraph and character pallets.
I am just going to close that for right now. There are two methods to initially set type. One method is called Point Type and the other is called Paragraph Type. And here is the difference when we just click and release in the document window and type something and I am just going to commit that. This is point type, with point type you see this little baseline in the flashing cursor and then to commit it, you click the checkbox up here or you can hold down your Control key on a PC, Command key on a Macintosh and hit your enter or return key simultaneously.
So it would be Ctrl+Enter or Command enter to commit the type which means you do not see that baseline which indicates you can edit individual letter or words etcetera. When you create point type it creates its own layer with a T on it and it will name itself with the first few words of the type set for that particular layer. The text that you see here say if I wanted to move this text right now, I could do that one of two ways, I could either hold down my Control key on a PC or Command key on a Macintosh and it will toggle to the move tool and then I can move it around or I can select the move tool and then move it around.
The reason I mention this is a lot of times when you have the type tools selected and you go to try to move it with the text I-Beam showing. If I were to click right now and drag, it is going to create actually paragraph type and then it is not going to move that previous layer, it is just going to create another layer here and it is waiting for you to type something in. This is something else that you should be aware of it if your layers pallet has a lot of type layers of just have default layer name. They are empty type layers and you should delete them.
So I am going to just—what I want to do is to Ctrl+Enter this. I am dividing up my headline into separate layers so that I have more edit ability freedom with staggering them and changing the font’s etcetera. If I put in on one line it kick with the crown, it will look a kind of boring. So I am going to try to lighten this up by creating contrast later on in the tutorial by varying the size and even the fonts for this headline. So notice now over here in the layers pallet it has added the words. So we know this is not going to empty type layer here. It is also paragraph type.
Now let me come back over here and if I just click with my type tool selected on this layer, you will see the bounding box for this type layer and if I were to type some more text in here then notice how it just floats down to the bottom. It will go to a new line with paragraph text and I can change how this is aligned or floating by changing the size of the box by clicking a corner handle. If I did not want a return for that crown to go to the next line I just stretch out my box here.
Normally when we are setting headline text, you are just going use point type occasionally. You will use paragraph type. But if you want to convert one to the other you can also do that and if you go under the layer menu here there is a sub menu called Type and in here it says right now convert to point text and that is grade out. You can convert your paragraph to point text or vice versa but what you have to do is first commit it. So well either hit Ctrl+Enter on a PC, Command return on a Macintosh or click the commit check mark up here.
Once it is committed and highlighted you can go up to the layer menu back to the type submenu and now you can see this is available. So I can convert this to point text. So now when I click on it, I know it point text because it has the baseline and the flashing I-beam with it. Conversely if I wanted to change to kick it to paragraph text I can just click on this layer, just highlight it, do not double click on it or anything. It is selected and when I go to layer into the type submenu. I can choose to convert it to paragraph text and nothing changes as you can see it will only change when you go to edit it by clicking the type I beam in there.
Now you can see that this is paragraph text. So by changing the size of this box it will automatically float some of the stuff onto the new line. I am going to commit that and I am going to convert it back to point. Some other options with text up here that you need to be aware of especially is the Anti-Aliasing methods that you can choose. Now looking at this at 25% it looks okay but I am going to zoom in on this and show you what none actually looks like and go in at least to 100% and I do not know if the video is going to show this or not but I think it will but around the areas that have curves or diagonal lines you will see this stairs stepping, going on and that is called aliasing.
We want to anti-alias that which means we want put a smoothing algorithm on the type so that it does not look jaggy. The only that you would use an option of none on type up here would be if your type size in Photoshop was very small like a 4 point type or 6 point type and at that small size turning off anti aliasing actually makes the type more readable at very tiny sizes. But for regular type sizes 8 and above, 8 points and above the smoothing algorithms make it better.
I am going to choose one; I will show them all to you. Alt select sharp and we are still—would still have got some anti-aliasing and here is the trick too. I need to be looking at that at 100%. Now I can make the type size larger for this so that we can really see it. When we double click on the T there with, so that it is highlighted and I will change it to 60 and then commit that and now we will change the aliasing I am going to try crisp and see how that is smoothes up that area, I am going to move this over here and I will try strong, makes it a little thicker and smooth.
For this point size, I think am going to go with the smooth algorithm. So let us look at what it look like with none and you can see that it is particularly on the H that has this curve that putting anti-aliasing on there definitely smoothes it up. So I need to do that with my kick it layer. I will change that to smooth and commit that.
You can also create a new type layer by duplicating an existing type layer. So I am going to highlight the upper type layer and press Ctrl+J on a PC, Command J on a Macintosh and notice it says with the crown copy. I am going to hold down the Control key on PC, Command key on a Macintosh to toggle the move tool so I can just separate this for a minute and what I am going to do is double click on it and I am going to type “The” and I am going to edit the bottom layer because we have got happening in here with “With” crown.
So what I am going to do is double click on this and I am just going to delete all of this commit and back up to the layer or duplicate that again. Ctrl+J on a PC, Command J on a Macintosh. Hold down the Command key to toggle the move tool and just double click on that T to highlight it so I can change the word.
Okay. Now I am going to work with changing the font families and the size to try and get this up to snap and notice when I did apply this, this is a sticky setting up here once you set that aliasing and your point size and your type that is what is going to happen.
So I am going to come down here and just move this around. It kind of get it to how I wanted to look, I want a stagger so, I am highlighting this stuff. All right, I am going to come down here to where it says kick it. Now to change the font size which is what I am going to do, you can come in here and select the point size, it stops at 72 so, if you wanted something larger than 72 you can do that one of two ways. You can just type a larger point size and a point is actually equal to 172 of an inch not that you need to know that but that is how it—how the measurement is this for it.
So say I wanted something larger for this particular word than one of the presets, I could simply type something in. You could type in 85, you can even do decimals, I could do 85.5 points and hit Enter and that would make it larger. I could also—let me get another type layer here. I could also just highlight the type layer that I wanted and do a Ctrl+T on a PC or Command T on a Macintosh. So that we get the free transform bounding box and I can scale it so, I can—if I want to do this proportionately by dragging hold the Shift key down and grab any corner handle. And this part is very important. If you want to keep the letter forms proportionate, hold Shift and grab a corner handle to scale in or out.
Now if you want to change the horizontal scale or vertical scale you can do that quite easily by just dragging a middle handle either on the X or Y access. So if we wanted to vertically scale this we drag it this way or this was. It is no longer proportionate or horizontally we could do it this way. I am going to hit the cancel and when I do that you will not commit the type.
Now I am going to try to give contrast to this and a little more interest by introducing a couple of different font families here. You can highlight your type layer that you want to affect and come up here and select a font, you do not have to have the type highlighted to that but you can also go in here, scroll down, look at your types and they will be examples of what the font looks like. But if want to cycle the font menu just highlight this field up here or you can do the font family window in here just highlight it and use you upper down arrow keys and that will quickly go to some different fonts for you.
I am going to choose Scriptina for this fond and if I want to make this a little bit larger I can come under here. Do something like that I am going to work on crown right now and move that out of the way. I am going to move this. Highlight the crown layer and let us see if I can find another font that I may want for this. Again, you just need to highlight the layer and if you have your type tools selected you do not need to double click on this, you do not need to have a highlight around the text to change it. Just so long as it is highlighted here and the type tool is selected when you go into these areas here.
Then I am going to use the up arrow to just cycle these fonts. Sometimes they may get stock on a certain font families and you will see that if you do not see a changing and you will have to get it unstuck by going in here and selecting something that you want. Then continue cycling by using your arrow keys. I think I am going to go with what is called Bickham Script for this one and I am going to make this little bit larger see what 72 does. I want it a little bit larger than that so again you can type in an amount or use your transformation key. I wanted about that big and now we are going to work on “The”, I think I want “The” to look like a little bit of a crown over on the top, click in here.
I want “The” to be all caps. Now I could go back and just type all caps but there are also is some options over here when you click this menu to open up your paragraph and character pallets highlight the character tab. Let me move this over here and click the fly out tab and you can add all caps or small caps here. Let us see what small caps looks like. Let us see what all caps looks like. I think I am going to go with the small caps.
Now, one thing worth mentioning with regard to type is that depending on which layer you are highlighted on if you want to click a new type layer. Say for example I click on “The” here and my type tool here. And click to start a new line of type. If you are too close to another text line it is going to jump to that. So be aware of that if you see that underline that base line and flashing cursor on an existing line then hit cancel and then try to move your cursor to set your type away from that area.
So I am going to click back on “The” and click down here and you can tell by the name Layer 1 that is waiting for you type something in but what this is going to do is actually take on the attributes—the font attributes of the previous layer “The”. So if I type in something here and I am just using lower case it is coming up in small caps because of that previous layers attribute.
So what you can do is be aware of that commit it but then come back into the character pallet here if you did not want small caps and uncheck it and it will go back to the way you typed it in. Another way that you can reset all attributes that you can come down here to reset character in the fly out tab of the character pallet. That is going to change the font to your default font on your system in Minus Myriad Pro.
So that is something basically work to uncheck this special areas here. We are going to cover some more new one of the character pallet and the alignments in the next video.