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Burn Rubber: smokin' Type Tips

Burn Rubber: smokin' Type Tips

Do you remember the song “Burn Rubber” by the Gap Band from back in the early 80s? Remember it goes: “Burn rubber on me, Charlene… whoa, no….” Not ringing any bells? It doesn't matter. This chapter has nothing to do with burning rubber—I was just curious to see if you're as old as I am (which is young. Very young. I heard that song accidentally on an oldies station in my dad's car).


This chapter is dedicated to making the time you spend using type in Photoshop more productive. Here's the weird thing about Photoshop type—back in version 6, Adobe added most of the high-end typography features found in Adobe's high-end page layout program, InDesign. Which made me think, “Why?” I can't imagine setting a book or magazine article in Photoshop, because when Photoshop type gets below 12 points, it starts to get fuzzy, so laying out columns of text and tweaking the balance, spacing, and paragraph specs for columns of type just doesn't make sense. Then I figured out what's going on. Somebody at Adobe must be hittin' the crack pipe. Could that be it? Or is it so not, that it freaks you out.

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