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Q1:Is there any way to improve the appearance of small type online? Anything less than 20 points looks like it's run together.
A1: By default, Photoshop displays type using fractional character widths. This means that the spacing between characters varies, with fractions of whole pixels between some characters. In most cases, fractional character widths provide the best spacing for type appearance and readability. However, for type in small sizes displayed online, fractional character widths can cause type to run together, making it hard to read. Use the check box in the Type dialog box to turn off fractional character widths. Using a full width character will keep small type from running together.
Q2:I have a lot of fonts installed on my Macintosh, and it takes forever to scroll down the list to find the one I want. Any suggestions?
A2: Use a font management program such as Suitcase or Master Juggler to sort your fonts into suitcases. Keep a suitcase for serif type and a separate one for sans-serif faces, one for display faces, one for special purpose fonts such as Handbill, StarTrek, or Wild West. Only open the suitcases with fonts you're likely to need.
Q3:I've typed in the text I want and have rendered it. The problem is I found a typo and when I try to go back and edit the text I can't. What can I do?
A3: After you render text, it's converted from an editable text layer to a graphic that can't be edited by any of the Type tools. Make sure you have the type you want and it's all spelled correctly before you render it. To save your project, you may be able to go back in the History palette to a state before you rendered the type. Otherwise, select the letter that's wrong and remove it. Replace with a correct letter. If you've flattened the layers, you'll have to do some rubber stamping or copying to replace the background.


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