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Type Mask

Q1:What is the Type Mask tool?
A1: This tool lets you create a selection based on text. When you are finished typing, you will have a selection rather than a Type layer. Note: A new layer is not automatically created with this tool.
Q2:Is it possible to edit the font and size after you've used the Type Mask tool?
A2: No, you cannot edit the font, because the Type Mask tool creates a selection. As an alternate plan, you could create a regular Type layer using the regular Type tool (T), and then Command-click (PC: Control-click) on the Type layer's thumbnail to load it as a selection. That way, you can edit the Type layer and then create a new selection based on that edited text.
Q3:Why doesn't the Type Mask tool create a new layer? When I used the Type Mask tool, I assumed it would make a new layer like the Type tool, but it doesn't. Why not?
A3: Frankly, I can't tell you why, but I can confirm that, yes, you need to click on the Create a New Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers palette first if you want that type-based selection to be on its own layer.


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