Photoshop CS6 Essentials - Type Tool - III

30 January, 2013

Text that comes inside the bounding box are called 'Paragraph Type'. You can add as many text as you want and all the text stays inside the box, if the text is longer than the box size it will be indicated with the 'Overflow' icon, but it won't get deleted.


Mouse-cursor for Point Type and Paragraph Type are looks the same. If you click and start typing in the work area will create a Point Type. For paragraph type, you have to click and drag to define a bounding box and anything you type will be inside the box.

(fig 1.0)

After you release the mouse-cursor the box is defined with a blinking cursor waiting for you to type (fig 1.1). Anything you type will be inside the box.

Just like Point type, you can cancel this operation by pressing 'Esc' from the keyboard or click the 'Cancel' button in the options bar. This will clear the bounding box and its layer.

(fig 1.1)

If you commit without any text, the layer takes it own layer name (since there is no text).

(fig 1.2 - 1) When you are in the edit mode, notice the layer options like 'search and fill opacity' is grayed out in the layer palette. After you commit the text (fig 1.2 - 2), everything becomes active.

Because we commit the text and not cancel, the bounding box is still there in the work area.
(we'll discuss this in the next essential 'Edit Paragraph Type')

(fig 1.2)

You can also create a predefined bounding box. Hold Alt (Windows) Option (Mac OS) and click on the work area to bring a 'Paragraph Text Size' pop up box.

You can enter the values in the width and height and press 'OK' will create a bounding box based on these values.

(fig 2.0)
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Alternatively you can also create a box from the center by holding the Alt (Windows) Option (Mac OS) key and drag the cursor in the work area. Release the mouse will display a 'Paragraph Type Size' with the values based on the defined area.

(fig 3.0)

You can either edit the values, (fig 3.0) or click 'OK' to accept.

You can also see the size of the bounding box created without the 'Paragraph Text Size' box.
Open the 'Info' panel from the windows menu when you are in the edit mode for paragraph type, check the 'Transform width and height' property (fig 4.0).

(fig 4.0)

When you are in the edit mode, unlike point type you won't see a baseline below the text. In paragraph type the text always stay inside the bounding box and the bottom of the bounding box acts like a baseline(fig 5.0 - 1). In Point type each and every line is individual, hence the baseline. Technically there is no baseline for paragraph type.

Just like Point type after you commit the text, the layer name change to the text you have entered in the work area (fig 5.0 - 2).

(fig 5.0)

Anytime you adjust the font family, size or any other options, the bounding box won't get affected.

(fig 5.1)

If the box is smaller than the text, you will see an 'Overflow' icon at the bottom right handle of the bounding box. This will look like 'Plus' symbol.

Photoshop doesn't tell you how much text is overflowing outside the box. You have to drag the handle to see it manually.

(fig 5.2)

Even if the orientation of the text is horizontal or vertical, the flow is always from top to bottom with the 'Overflow' icon at the bottom right.

(we'll discuss more about 'Type Orientation' later in this essential)

(fig 6.0)

Two ways you can create a paragraph type.

- Click and drag with Type Tool.
- Converting a Point Type to Paragraph Type.

(we'll discuss more about converting point > paragraph and paragraph > point later in this essential)

(fig 7.0)

I have used the same paragraph type on both sides (fig 8.0) and both bounding boxes are in the same size. The right one has most of the customization and yet everything wraps inside the box, i can add more text or reduce and whatever i do the text will never go out.

(fig 8.0)

In a nutshell, Point type is good for shorter text and Paragraph type is good for longer text. You can also use paragraph type for shorter text.

Next essential >> Essential for Type Tool 4

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