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Hour 17. Adding Type to Pictures

Hour 17. Adding Type to Pictures

If a picture's worth a thousand words, how many more is it worth if we add words to the picture? Well, never mind…. The fact is, though, sometimes you have to add type to a picture for one reason or another. Up until the last Photoshop revision, type handling was its' worst feature. Well, they fixed it. Now, you can add type directly onto a page, edit it, and control its leading, tracking, and kerning. You can set type vertically as well as horizontally, and you can warp it onto a predetermined path. You can set text either by clicking a start point on the page, or by dragging the Type Tool to create a bounding box and then filling the box with type. Let's start with the basics.

A few things haven't changed. Photoshop still places your type on a separate type layer. Type must still be rendered, or rasterized, before you can apply filters. You can apply gradient fills and layer styles such as drop shadows, bevel, and emboss, either before or after type is rasterized.


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