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Working with Type

Although Photoshop is not by definition a type setting application, such as Adobe InDesign, it does have some very powerful type features. For example, Adobe Photoshop allows you to output PostScript text to a printer with a PostScript option. This way you will not need to place Photoshop images into type intensive applications, such as InDesign or Illustrator, just to create a few lines of text. In addition, Photoshop's new type menu lets you see fonts as they will print or display. For designers that use a lot of fonts, this WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) font menu is a timesaver. You can use Type preferences (new.jpg) to help you select the type and font options you want to use in Photoshop.

Work with Type Options

oneyellow_icon.jpg Click the Edit (Win) or Photoshop (Mac) menu, and then point to Preferences.
twoyellow_icon.jpg Click Type.
threeyellow_icon.jpg Select the Type options you want to use:
  • Use Smart Quotes. Select to use left and right quotations.

  • Show Asian Text Options. Select to display Japanese, Chinese, and Korean type options in the Character and Paragraph palettes (new.jpg).

  • Show Font Names in English. Select to display non-Roman fonts using their Roman names.

  • Font Preview Size. Select to display fonts on the menu in small, medium, or large size.

fouryellow_icon.jpg Click OK.

IMPORTANT Photoshop uses PostScript measuring systems to size fonts. Therefore a 72 point font will print 1 inch tall. Using this number as a yardstick lets you know how big the fonts will appear when output to print.

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