In This Chapter
Effectively using fonts
Playing with text
Combining text and images to create art
Creating text from images
Cavemen drew pictograms — word pictures that represent ideas — on walls. Ancient civilizations chiseled hieroglyphics on tablets using small tools. Early printing presses clacked and clattered, slapping ink on heavy vellum paper to combine text with pictures. The history of communicating with text and art obviously goes back a long time.
As the use of text for communication grew, so did font families, which are typefaces classified according to style, line thickness, and strokes. The old Roman type lettering changed when people invented new styles, and then new categories of typefaces (computer-generated) appeared when people wanted more new versions of old styles as well as brand new looks.
Today, you can use all kinds of applications, even Microsoft Word, to communicate thoughts via words. You can easily place text into your document by entering text within an image in Photoshop or creating an image file that can be copied and pasted into Word. And text in Word and text in Photoshop are interchangeable: Just copy from Word to Photoshop by using the Copy and Paste commands in both programs. And create with not just words alone but also words combined with an image (or sometimes hundreds of images), each layered on top of another ...