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Spell Checking and Photoshop

Photoshop's spell checker is sort of like a tasting spoon at Baskin-Robbins. The checker is serviceable, but for heavy-duty text formatting, spell checking, and other word processor tasks, you should use a word processor.

Still, it's nice to be able to do spot checks in Photoshop, and the following steps will show you how to check the spelling in your creations and add your own custom spellings to the spell-checker's dictionary.

Spell Checking and Increasing the Number of Words

  1. Open the GrandFunc.tif image from the Examples\Chap03 folder on the companion CD.

  2. Choose white for the foreground color. Choose the Text tool, and click in the image to deliberately mistype Grand Func Railway (two lines of text and a 48-point ornamental font will do fine).

  3. Highlight Func and then choose Edit, Check Spelling. A box pops up suggesting word alternatives. Pick the correct spelling from the Check Spelling dialog box, and then click on Change, as shown in Figure 3.50. Click on OK when a dialog box notifies you that the spell check is complete.

  4. You receive a call. The band has changed its name to The Brawloney Bros. Fair enough. You type this name in the image window, and as part of a well-oiled routine, you summon the spell checker. Guess what? Brawloney is not in the spell checker, mostly because it's not a word. But you're going to be doing business with the band for a while, so you can add Brawloney to the spell checker for future checking (see Figure 3.51).

Keep Photoshop open and go see the Brawloney Bros.—or whatever they're calling themselves this week. I hear they're opening for McCartney in Chicago in a few months....

Figure 3.50Figure 3.50 Photoshop's spell checker can prevent large mishaps unless the Oxford English Dictionary is your "light reading" at bedtime.

Figure 3.51Figure 3.51 Customizing Photoshop's spell checker is easy.

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