December 18, 2009

Editing Text in CS3 - Tutorial

This is just a simple tutorial on how to use some of the extra features in the "Character Palette" or what I like to call the Font/Text Box (yes, I make up my own names for things just because I don't know all the proper names for things...maybe one day I'll take a photoshop class and learn all the fancy names:-) Anyway, you all probably already know how to do this but I just learned that I could do all this stuff about a month ago and I use it all the time now. I'm using Photoshop CS3 but you can also do some of these extra features in Elements.

I have one of my text boxes open and first I want to make sure that I'm on the journaling layer and that I have the move tool selected. Then I will go to my sidebar there to the right and find the "Character" Tool....although I called it the Font tool for a long time. If it is not on your sidebar then you can go to Window>Character and it will pop up in your screen.
Then what I'm going to show you is how you make your individual text lines closer together. You'll go to the spot that says auto (or where you set the lead) and you can adjust the point. I chose 18 for this one. You can play around with it. It will need to be different for different fonts.
Here you can see the the text is closer together. You can also adjust how close the individual letters are right below that first button (the tracking-I don't think they have this one in Elements). I use this one for some of the cursive fonts, it makes them look more attached. For this font I'm not going to change it. Now, this is where the tutorial is going to stop but play around with the "Character Palette" and you do lots of different things but these are the two things I use the most...that I never use to use before.
I also just found this-Adobe Photoshop Text Tutorial. It will tell you what all the different things do in the "Character Palette".
Here's a freebie that you can use to try out this tutorial. It's a circle text box with a few outlines and mask. Just click here to download. If you need a tutorial on how to use a text box I have one here.


Barbara said...

Oh, you are such a good mommy, letting your girls out in the snow with their jammies on! That's when the memories happen.
Thank you for the text box; I'm hoping it will work with PSE, too.

Lori said...

Thank you for freebies. Link on your post was added to Lori's freebie list

thescrappywife said...

Who cares if they're in pjs? They are having fun, that's what counts, LOL!

I hope I can make time to check out your tutorials. Interesting ideas! Thanks for the freebie!

CBH-Freebies Search said...

Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 9 post on Dec. 19, 2009. Thanks again.

Sue said...

Thanks so much for the text path and helpful tutorial. I'll have to try it out.

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