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Adobe PhotoShop Elements : Understanding Type Basics

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Elements has four type tools. Two of them are for entering horizontally-oriented type, and two are for entering vertically-oriented type. Don’t worry about the vertical type tools. Although you can use them, they’re really designed for the Asian market, to enter Chinese and Japanese characters. The horizontal and vertical type tools are identical in their attributes, so we just cover the two horizontal type tools from here on, and, for the sake of simplicity, we just call them the Type and Type Mask tools:
Type tool: Use this tool to enter type. This type is created on its own type layer except when used in Bitmap mode or Indexed Color mode, neither of which supports layers.
We refer to layers a lot in this chapter, so if your layer knowledge is rusty,
Type Mask tool: This tool doesn’t create actual type; instead, it creates a selection border in the shape of the type you want to enter. The selection border is added to the active layer. You can do anything with a type selection that you can do with any other selection.
We also talk more about selections in this chapter; for even more detail on selections, 
You can enter text in Elements in two different modes: point type and paragraph type. Both the Type and Type Mask tools can enter either one. Here’s a brief description of each one; for the step-by-step process of creating the text, see the following sections.
Point type: Use this mode if all you want to enter is a few words or so. To create point type, select the Type tool, click in your image, and, well, type. The text appears while you type and continues to grow. In fact, it even continues past the boundary of your image! Remember that point type never wraps around to a new line. To wrap to the next line, you must press Enter.
Paragraph type: Use this mode to enter longer chunks of text on an image. To create paragraph type, click and drag your type tool to create a text bounding box and then type. All the text is entered in this resizable bounding box. If a line of text is too long, Elements automatically wraps it around to the next line.
Elements is capable of displaying and printing type in two different formats. Each format has its pros and cons, and which format you use depends on your needs. Here’s the lowdown on each one:

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Posted By : Ann Maria
On date : 09.24.09

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