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Photoshop® CS4 Bible by Dan Moughamian, Simon Abrams, Stacy Cates

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13.4. Single-Line Type

As mentioned earlier, single-line type, or point type, is useful for entering short amounts of text in your document; for example, when creating image titles or photo credits.

Create some point type by clicking anywhere in your document with the Type tool. A new type layer is created, and the blinking I-beam indicates that you're in Edit mode and ready to start typing. As you type, the text extends from the point where you initially clicked, either horizontally or vertically, depending on which Type tool you're using (see Figure 13.5).

The short, horizontal bar going across the I-beam indicates the baseline, or the imaginary horizontal line that the text rests on when using the Horizontal Type tool. When using the Vertical Type tool, it indicates the horizontal center of each character.

To resize type while in Edit mode, press Ctrl/ and use the handles on the type bounding box to scale, rotate, or use other transform commands on the text. Again, because it's vector text, you can transform it to your heart's content without losing that nice crisp edge.

To accept your edits once you're finished entering text, do one of the following:

  • Click the check box icon in the Type Options Bar.

  • Press Ctrl+Enter/+Return or press Enter.

  • Click on a different tool, layer, or panel. ...

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