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Chapter 8. Working with Type in Photosho... > Understanding Photoshop's Type Capab...

Understanding Photoshop's Type Capability

As the subject of type and text in Photoshop is discussed, it's important to keep one basic concept in mind: Photoshop is an image-editing program. It is not designed to be a page layout program nor a word processor. Don't consider Photoshop's type-handling capabilities to be substandard, however; rather, think of them as a bonus. If you have large amounts of text to add to a document or need to work with very small type, consider Adobe InDesign or Illustrator.

Just a few versions ago, Photoshop's type capability was restricted to creating masks in the shape of letters. The biggest problem with type masks is that the type isn't “live.” You can't edit the words or change the typographic attributes without re-creating the entire type element (see Figure 8.1).


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