How to Use the New Type Menu in Photoshop CS6 - dummies

How to Use the New Type Menu in Photoshop CS6

By Barbara Obermeier

In Version CS6, Photoshop has added a new main menu command — Type. Many of the commands on the Type menu can also be found on the Options bar, and the Paragraph and Character panels. Others have been moved out of the Layer→Type menu and into the Type menu.

Here’s what you find on this new menu:

  • Panels: Choose from the Paragraph Panel, Character Panel, Paragraph Styles Panel, or Character Styles Panel.

  • Anti-Alias: The submenu includes four different types of smoothing to use on your text, plus None (which leaves your text unsmoothed). For small type, try Sharp to avoid your type from being too fuzzy around the edges. But the exact results depend on the typeface, so be sure to take a gander at your type.

  • Orientation: Choose between vertical and horizontal text orientations. Just select the type layer you want to transform and choose Type→Orientation→Horizontal or Vertical. This option works with point type and paragraph type, although the results you get from switching the paragraph type to vertical orientation may look odd.

  • OpenType: When you work with OpenType fonts, you may find that they include tables of various font attributes. These tables allow you to apply various styles, such as true diagonal fractions; alternate Old Style numerals; fancy cursive type uppercase letters (Swash and Titling); ligatures (designed to fix the kerning of certain awkward letter combinations, such as fi and tt); and ornamental fonts (think dingbats or wingdings), such as leaves and flowers.

  • Extrude to 3D: This feature, which makes type look three-dimensional, is only found in the Extended version of Photoshop CS6.

  • Create Work Path and Convert to Shape: You can convert your type to either a Work Path or Shape and them as you would any other path or shape with the Pen and Selection tools.

  • Rasterize Type Layer: Rasterizing type layers allows you to apply filters on your type and also merge the type with other pixels in your image.

  • Convert to Paragraph Text: This optio will convert point text to paragraph text.

  • Warp Text: This option lets you warp and bend text by using 15 different types of distortion.

  • Font Preview Size: Choose from various sizes, from Small to Huge, to preview fonts in your font menu.

  • Language Options: If you are using the same language in which you installed Photoshop, you can leave this option on Default Features. If you are using East Asian or Middle Eastern fonts, choose those options to have access appropriate options.

  • Update All Text Layers: When you import bitmap type layers created in older versions of Photoshop, choose this option to convert them to vector type

  • Replace All Missing Fonts: If your file uses fonts that are not installed on your computer, you will get an alert dialog box when you open the file. If you then try and edit one of those type layers, Photoshop alerts you to substitute another font. You can, however, thwart these annoying messages by choosing Type→Replace All Missing Fonts and choosing your new desired font for all type layers.

  • Paste Lorem Ipsum: This new option enables you to paste placeholder text like you can in Adobe InDesign. Simply drag a text box with the Type tool and choose Type→Paste Lorem Ipsum. Your designated space is filled with placeholder text, which you can then format you desire.