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Photoshop doesn't have all the type capabilities of a more traditional desktop publishing program, but it can handle most of your typographic needs, whether it's producing a single headline or a block of text precisely placed over a photo. Of course, getting the letters into the picture is only the beginning. After you have the type on the page, you can apply all Photoshop's filters, blending modes, and tools to it. You can warp it, distort it, punch it out of a graphic, or make the letters out of a picture. With Photoshop, your words can come alive. If all you want to do is set type, use a program such as InDesign. If you want to do strange and wonderful things to type, Photoshop has all the tools you need.


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 fly-out menu on the Character palette 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, ATM Deluxe or Font Reserve to sort your fonts into suitcases. Keep a suitcase for serif type and separate ones for sans-serif faces, display faces, and 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 that you have the type you want and that it's all spelled correctly before you render it. To save your project, you might be able to go back in the History palette to a state before you rendered the type.
Q4:Is there a way to use cut out type to reveal another picture underneath?
A4: Certainly. Place the photo you want to see through the cutouts on a layer underneath the layer that will be cut. Enter your letters as outlines and cut. To enhance the effect, apply a drop shadow to the top layer.



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