The text tool is an extensive tool bar, so I
sectioned it into pieces to so it would fit on the page. I will star
from LEFT to RIGHT and explain each of the options of Text.
#1. Presets: This is where you can pick a specific
font, colors, etc and SAVE the preset, click that preset button and
find the preset you saved and it will automatically set the text
tool like you wanted.
#2. Create As:
this drops down to show all
the choices. Some times you need to create text as a vector,
selection or floating, where it will have the 'marching ants' around
it.. I 99% of the time keep my text on the
#3. Direction :
This you use to have your
text going from side to side or up and down.
#4. Font: Drop down box to pick your font
#5. Size: You can use the sizes on the drop
down or type in the one you want.. that maybe in between those sizes
or might need a font bigger than 72.. you just type it in.
#6. Stroke Width: This is for the outline
of the text, how thick you want that line. Can use half sizes too
like 1.5 etc.
#7. Font Style: Whether its bold, italic,
underlined or strike through.
#8. Alignment: whether you want your text
left, middle or right justified.
#9. Anti-Alias: This is very important..
and alot of people over look it and their text looks AWFUL!!! ALWAYS
have it set on smooth or sharp.. NEVER OFF..
it will make your text look jagged and rough around the edges..
#10. Line Style
You can pick the line style you want.. for Text
outline. You can also custom design you lines also.
this is how the corners of the
text are joined or mitered.
#12. Miter Limit: for the life of me.. I've
tried everything with this and it don't change the text lol.. so
don't know.. sorry. If some one knows let me know :)
#13. Warp text...This is helpful when your
typing Text around a shape, most times you need to have the Warp
Text UNCHECKED... so that the text
looks normal. if its checked it does some weird things to the text
as it goes around corners and such.
#14. Offset: I tried all kinds of settings
on this.. I don't see a difference in any of them..
#15. Leading: If you have two lines of
typed Text the numbers above 0 will make the lines further apart.. -
minus numbers will bring the lines closer together.
#16. If Auto Kern is checked it will
automatically adjust the spacing of the letters to the shape.
#17. Kerning: numbers above 0 makes the
letters of your text further apart.. -minus numbers make the letters
closer.. this is really helpful when your using Vertical Direction
on text where its Up and down.
#18. Tracking: Numbers over 0 brings the
letters of the text farther apart like kerning does.. but the -
minus numbers of tracking makes the letters like mirror image like
When you click the Text tool
you will see the above Text entry
box appear. You click somewhere on your working image where you want
your text and this Text entry box appears. This is where you type
what you want as text. Its handy to have the remember text box
checked, You can type in the text you want in this box and if you
highlight the text like I have in the sample above you can change
the color of the font.. the font its self.. size... line width
etc... then click apply. Check out my other tutorial 'Working
with Text' it has the different things you can do with text.
Till the next tutorial.. Happy PSP'n