To insert text into your document, simply click on the Type
tool icon on your toolbox and click on the area of your document
where you want to insert text.
cursor will highlight and will prompt you to start typing. To
change the character font, size and style you can use the top
Menu (shown below)or the Character palette (shown on the right).
To edit an existing block of text, select the Type tool from
the toolbox, and position the cursor on the text, it will identify
the text and allow you to edit it.
You can apply different styles and formats within one text layer,
to do this, you need to select the text with the cursor and
apply the changes. If you need to apply one formatting style
to ALL the text in the layer, than simply select the layer from
the layer window, and make the choices you need.
To Display: Choose Window > Show
Paint and image-editing programs such as Photoshop create bitmap
type composed of pixels. The sharpness of bitmap type depends
on the type size and the resolution of the image. For example,
type that has been scaled up may show jagged edges.
NOTE: Photoshop disables many features of its
interface while the type tool is selected, for example, if you
want to Save or use another command like Zoom in or out, it
will not allow you to do it unless you de-select
the type tool!
Tools and Palettes
A. Foreground color B. Default Colors C.
Switch Colors D. Background color
There are several ways to change color. To use the toolbox,
just click on either the foreground or background square (See
image above), the following Color
Picker will appear:
Select the desired color with the cursor. Move the Color Slide
up and down to view the range of color levels available for
the selected color component.
You can see the color values in various color modes: HSB, RGB,
LAB, CMYK (percentages) and Hexadecimal (Web values).
TIP: You have the option to
only display Web Colors, click on the Only Web
Colors checkbox on the lower left side of the Color Picker
Choose Windows > Show Color
Click on the palette options arrow on the top right side of
the window and choose a color mode set of Sliders..
|There is another tool to help you choose colors
from, this is the Swatches
palette. Most of the time it shows within the color palette,
as a tab. The swatches palette is a quick access to pick colors,
this way you avoid having to click on the color toolbox, open
the color picker to change the color.
any other palette, you can click on the palette option arrow
to see more options. For example, you can select "Web Safe
Colors.aco" from the drop-down menu in order to see the
so called Browser Safe colors, see graphic on the right.
Web browsers software is based on an 8-bit, 216-color palette.
This palette was originally created by Netscape to solve the
problem of displaying color graphics in a similar way on different
operating systems (such as Macintosh, Windows, and UNIX). Because
a majority of the Web audience years ago had 8-bit display screens,
256 colors was the upper limit for the color palette. The 216
colors chosen by Netscape are identical in both the Macintosh
and Windows system palettes.
Most Web users nowadays have computers and monitors set to "thousands"
or "millions" of colors, so the importance of the
so-called Web-safe palette has sharply diminished in the past
few years, so there is no longer any need to restrict
your color choices to the 216 Web-safe colors.
The Paint Bucket tool allows you to fill similarly colored areas
with the foreground color.
Just click inside the selected area. The foreground color you
chose will fill the selected area.
It's hidden tool within the Toolbox is the Gradient