Photoshop CS6 Essentials - Type Tool - XIV

14 March, 2013

Font size will increase or decrease the size in units. You can change the unit of measurement from the preferences dialog box and also type different unit, which photoshop converts automatically to the current unit of measurement.

Font Size

The size of the font differs based on the resolution of the canvas.

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You can change the font size from the options bar or from the character panel. Changing in one place will automatically change in another, just like font family.

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If you have selected the type tool, you can change the size from options bar or character panel. If you have other tools selected, you can change the size from the character panel.

Make sure you have the Type layer is selected in the layers palette, before changing the font size.

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If you want to see the increase of the text size when you adjust the font size, highlight the text and use the keyboard arrow key to increase/decrease the font size.

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Scaling with transform control will also increase the font size. Hold the Ctrl (Win) Command (Mac OS) will display the transform box.

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Three ways you can increase the font size
Mouse Wheel
Scrubby Slider

Highlight the font size text and pressing the arrow key will increase/decrease in one unit. If you hold the shift key and pressing the arrow key will increase/decrease in ten units.

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Same like keyboard, by moving the wheel forward or backward will increase or decrease in one unit. Holding the shift key and scrolling in ten units.

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Just bringing the mouse cursor over the font size text (TT) will display the scrubby slider. Moving towards right will increase and left will decrease.

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If you keep the mouse cursor on the text, it will display the Insertion point. But if you hold Ctrl (Win) Command (Mac OS) will display the scrubby slider.

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You can also increase the size in decimals by holding the Alt (Win) Option (Mac OS). Holding the shift will increase in ten units.

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The number which displays on top of the list is the number which the user entered manually and also the number which is not available from the list. Typing an existing number will have a tick mark.

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You can change the exiting unit of measurement from Points to Pixels or Millimeters from the preferences dialog box.

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The changes will display next to the numbers in the dropdown list.

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You can use cm, in, px, mm, pica and points for unit of measurement. Even thought centimeter and pica are not available in the preferences dialog box, you can manually enter them after the numbers. It will converted automatically to the current unit of measurement.

Unit of Measurements equal to 1 inch
72 pt
96 px
25.4 mm
6 pica
2.5 cm

(Ex: If your preference is set to mm, typing 1 inch as a font size and pressing enter will automatically change to 25.4 mm)

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One postscript computer point is 72 points/inch. You can also change this to the traditional way, i.e. 72.27 points/inch. You can change this from the preferences dialog box.

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Even though 72 points per inch it says. 72 is including the spaces around the type and its starts from cap height at the top till the decender at the bottom.

Anatomy of Type
Measuring Type

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