I have a new kit coming to you very soon. I had expected to release it on April 12th. But instead of working this week, I’m hanging out and lazing about at Havasupai. I thought it would be better to wait to release the new kit until next week. So make sure to look for a new kit April 19th.
I use a lot of text in my designs and on my scrapbook pages. One of my favorite Photoshop time savers is Type Tool Preset option. This is a handy little thing, that can save you some time if you are a heavy journaler like I am! Because I frequently use a handful of the same fonts, sizing, tracking, spacing, justification, etc., I use the Type Tool Preset to save those settings. Then when I want to use them, instead of resetting all of the type options, I just click the preset I’ve saved and all of my text is instantly formatted the way I like it.
When I scrap, I tend to use one of about five different fonts. Since I don’t like to have to reset my preferences on every page, I have created several type tool presets. You can create them too in just a few simple and easy steps.
The first step is to select the Type tool.
One of the fonts I frequently use is, “The Future Freaks Me Out” (font by Heather Hess) sized at 14 pts. I also like to have my text set to left justify, anti-alias strong, tracking at -10. With the Type tool selected, click the little type formatting box on the option bar to toggle between the character and paragraph options.
Set your character preferences then toggle to the paragraph tab, and set your paragraph preferences.
If you would like to learn more about text formatting, and exactly what each character and paragraph option does, Adobe has a Text Formatting guide that you can follow HERE.
Once you have all of your type settings formatted the way you want them, it is time to save your type parameters. Click the Type Tool Preset Icon in the upper left corner. Remember that the Type Tool Preset Icon is only visible when you have selected the Type tool in Photoshop.
Click the small icon that looks like a circle with a triangle inside to access the Tool Preset menu.
Click on the option, “New Tool Preset…”
Type a name for your new Type preset. Click “OK.”
Now when you click your Type Tool Preset Icon, you will see the option for the new preset you have created.
In the future, whenever you want to use this specific text format, simply open the Type tool, click on the Type Tool Preset Icon and choose your Type Tool preset. Drag a Text Box on your page and start typing!
You can create as many Type Presets as you would like. I have several saved in my presets. This is another example of a Type Preset that I frequently use in my design work.
You can actually save tool presets for all of the tools in Photoshop using this same method. You can read more about creating and using tool presets HERE on Adobe’s website.
I hope that this little tutorial is helpful to you! Now, go create and use some Type Tool presets today!