Photoshop CS6 Essentials - Type Tool - XII

27 February, 2013

Every font is unique and has its own letters, symbols and numbers. Some fonts will have ornaments, swashes, stylistic alternates, old-style figures, glyph, ligatures and so on.. We will discuss these in Characters panel essential.

Once you created a text inside Photoshop you can change to different font family easily with the help of font family drop-down menu in the options bar and also from the character panel.



Font Family

The fonts available in your system can be accessed from the font family drop-down menu in the options bar.

If you have selected type tool from the tool bar, you can change the font family from the Options bar and as well as from the Characters panel (fig 1.0 - 1).

If you are in the move tool, you can still access the font family in the Characters panel (fig 1.0 - 2)


(fig 1.0)

Click the arrow next to the font name to see all the available fonts. The selected current font will have a tick mark.


(fig 2.0)

The font menu is organized in three columns, font format, font name and the sample of that font.

Font Formats
O OpenType
α PostScript Type 1
TT TrueType
MM Multiple Master


(fig 2.1)

If you have non-roman text which displays font names in their own language, you can change the name to english from the preferences dialog menu.


(fig 3.0)

Go to Edit menu > Preferences and choose Type in Windows (Ctrl K) or Photoshop > Preferences > Type in Mac OS (Command K).
In the Type Options, Check Show Font Names in English, click OK.


(fig 3.1)

If you know the font name, you can directly type in the font field. Select the font field and if the font is available in your system, as you type it automatically selects that font. Press Enter to accept.


(fig 4.0)

You can also use the keyboard to open the font drop-down menu to choose the font. Select the font field and hold the Alt and press the Down arrow to open the drop-down menu. Release the Alt key and use the Up or Down arrows to navigate the fonts in the list.

(This feature is not available in Mac OS)


(fig 5.0)

If you have more than one font family applied to a text, the font field in the options bar and character panel will display no-font. (fig 6.0 - 1).

If you do not select the text layer in the layers palette the font field will display the previously used font family (fig 6.0 - 2).


(fig 6.0)

If you want to see the font for the text layer which has a multiple fonts, place the insertion point between the word.


(fig 6.1)

Changing the font family in the options bar will automatically change in the character panel, also change in the character panel will reflects in the options bar.


(fig 7.0)

You can adjust the size of the font preview (font drop-down menu display).
Under Type menu, select the option from the Font Preview Size.


(fig 8.0)

Selecting None as a font preview will display only the format and the font name, the rest of the options will display all three.


(fig 8.1)

If you have a multiple fonts applied to a text, and by changing the font family will change all the text to that selected font.


(fig 9.0)

If you want to change only a word or a line, highlight the text and change the font.


(fig 10.0)

If you place the insertion point (anywhere inside the text) without highlighting any text and changing the font family does not change the existing text. But if you type something, the new text will be on the currently selected font.


(fig 11.0)

After commit text you can use the keyboard arrow to change the font without opening the font drop-down menu.

Highlight the font in the font field and use the up or left arrow for previous font and down or right arrow for next font. Make sure the text layer is selected in the layers palette.


(fig 12.0)

You can also change the font in the edit mode. Highlight all the text and use the Arrow key in the keyboard (fig 13.0 - 1).

If you do not want to see the highlights you can hide them temporarily (fig 13.0 - 2) by pressing Ctrl H (Win) Command H (Mac OS) or you can go to View Menu and uncheck Extras.

If you are not sure you are in the edit mode or commit text, see the Cancel and the Commit text button in the Options bar.


(fig 13.0)

You can change fonts for multiple text layers in the layers palette. Select all the text layers (or whichever you want) and change the font in the options bar or in the character panel.


(fig 14.0)

If you are opening a document which has a Missing font, you will get a Alert message (fig 15.0 - 1). Pressing 'OK' will open the file.

The missing font text layer will have a Exclamation mark in the Layers palette (fig 15.0 - 2). Also if you open the font drop-down menu, the font will be at the end of the list.

(Missing font means currently the font is not available in your system.)


(fig 15.0)

If you try to edit any options or if you double-click on the text layer, you will get another Alert message. Pressing 'OK' will substitute with another font.

(You can also press 'Cancel' and install the missing font in your system and re-open the file will fix this issue.)


(fig 15.1)

If you have more than one missing font in a document, you can also choose Replace All Missing Fonts from the Type Menu.


(fig 16.0)

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