Photoshop CS6 Essentials - Type Tool - II

28 January, 2013

We have seen how to create and edit a basic Point Type in our previous essential. Let see how to move the text in different ways and also transform options.

When you create a text from point type, the placement might not match with the other content or the text might be little longer or shorter from the exact place. To fix this, sometimes you have to move the text manually to match the content.

1st part of this Essential >> Essentials for Type Tool - 1


Every time you make a text on the screen you don't have to switch to move tool to move the text. Type tool has two cursors which toggle back and forth based on the placement and pressing the keyboard key.

You can move the text anywhere in the screen when you are still in the 'Edit mode'. Move the cursor away from the text will change the cursor to move tool temperately. And you can click and drag anywhere in the screen to move the text freely.

(fig 1.0)

If you are wondering how far you have to move the cursor away from the text to toggle to move tool. Press 'Ctrl + A' (Windows) 'Command + A' (Mac OS) to select all and see the space around the text. As long as the cursor is not inside the highlighted area, it will display move tool.
(Space i mean the gap you see on top and bottom of the text when you highlight)

The text below are highlighted and when i move the I-beam away from the text, notice the change in the cursor

(fig 1.1)

Each and every font family is individual and each one has different margins around the text. So if the text has more margin space then you need to move the cursor away, till you see the move tool. You don't have to highlight all the text every time you move the cursor. I am just using that as a reference.

The image (fig 2.0) has same text with three different font family. And i have highlighted all three (just to illustrate), notice the space around the text and also notice the baseline. Remember, these margins doesn't start from the baseline.

(When you highlight a letter or word, you won't see the 'I-beam' and if you select all the text you won't see the baseline. But you can see the start of the baseline with the dot at the beginning.)

(Based on the alignment the dot shifts. We'll see more of alignment in the Options bar of this essential)

(fig 2.0)

When you are in the edit mode and if your cursor is inside the text area, it will display I-beam. You cannot move the text if you have an I-beam cursor. Moving the cursor with I-beam will only highlight the text.

(fig 3.0)

But what if you have a text that takes up the whole screen space. How do we move?

(fig 4.0)

If you want to move the text when the cursor is showing I-beam, then press 'Ctrl' (Windows) 'Command' (Mac OS) to toggle to move tool, which also displays a transformation box around the text.

If you release the 'Ctrl' (Windows) 'Command' (Mac OS) key the cursor goes back to I-beam

Try it out
- Type anything on the screen, probably the same text i have entered here 'This is a Point Type'
- Try to move the text by placing the I-beam in between any of the word
- With the I-beam as a cursor, hold the 'Ctrl' (Windows) 'Command' (Mac OS) and move the text now

(When you move the text with transformation box, a transformation values appears on top or bottom right.)

(fig 5.0)

When the transform box appears with handles on all sides by holding 'Ctrl' (Windows) 'Command' (Mac OS), taking the mouse cursor away from the text area, will change the cursor to transform controls.

Scale: Scaling the text will also increase or decrease the font size.
Rotate: You can Rotate Clockwise or Anti-clockwise.
Height: Adjusting the height from top or bottom will distort the text and also affect the font size.
Width: Adjusting the width from left or right side will distort the text.
Skew: Skew will distort the text. You can use skew on on all four sides.

All the transform controls will distort the text, but it doesn't rasterize them. You can still edit the text.

(fig 5.1)

After you commit the text.
Keeping the cursor inside the text area displays I-beam, outside the text are display Type tool.

When the cursor (I-beam) is inside the text, clicking anywhere in the letter will take you to edit mode.
When the cursor (Type tool) is outside the text, clicking anywhere will create a new point type. If you click and drag with the 'Type tool' it will create a bounding box for paragraph type.
(We'll discuss more about Paragraph Type in the next essential)

Now, how to move after we commit the text?

(fig 6.0)

The only way to move after we commit the text is to hold the 'Ctrl' (Windows) 'Command' (Mac OS) and toggle the cursor to move tool.

Even if your cursor is inside the text or outside, it always display move tool as long as the 'Ctrl' (Windows) 'Command' (Mac OS) key is pressed in the keyboard.

(fig 7.0)

At first it might confuse you. But as you go along, you'll get used to it.
Edit Type: Cursor inside text: I-beam
Cursor outside text: Move tool
Edit Type with Ctrl/Command: Cursor inside text: Move tool
Cursor outside text: Transform control
Commit Text: Cursor inside text: I-beam. Ctrl (Windows) Command (Mac OS): Move tool
Cursor outside text: Type tool

Every font has its own behaviour and sizes. If it requires frequent edit by adding or removing text or changes from font family, size or any other type options, then point type might not work the way you wanted to be. Any time you make changes, you need to re-align the text based on the content in the work area and longer text will go outside the document frame. You have to spend lot of time aligning the text every time when some changes happen.

In the same Type tool, there's another type called 'Paragraph type'. This will give you more control and wraps all the text inside a bounding box.

We will see how paragraph type works in the next essential >> Essentials for Type Tool - 3

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