Today’s tip grew out of a discussion on a photoshop yahoo group I participate in. I want to give a great big ‘luv ya‘ shout-out to my girlies Lynn, Linda and Doris for bringing this to light. It just goes to show you, just when you think you KNOW Photoshop, they go and improve somethin’ on ya, and you have more to learn!
We’re talking about “justified” type – like you see at left – where both edges of the text block are straight. Used to be you couldn’t do that in PS, then you could do it but only with the super secret keystroke combo (more on that later…)
When you type into a text box (get a text box by clicking and dragging your type tool) it’s called “Paragraph Text”. You will want to tell Photoshop how to align that text. Most of you are familiar with the alignment tools that are in the tool options bar at the top of your screen: Here you can Left, Center or Right align the type. But what if you want fully justified text like I have here, where the type ends in a straight line on BOTH sides?
You can use the super-secret keystroke combo – SHIFT-CTRL-J after you’ve typed your type, while you’re still inside the text box… BUT WAIT… THERE’s MORE!!
If you open the Paragraph Palette (the what? Go to Window>Paragraph or click on this symbol at the edge of your palette bin: and your Paragraph Palette will pop out) you can fully justify your type and so much more! When you open the palette, you see the familiar three options, and four more!
At the far right is the Full Justify selection – this will make all the lines spread out to meet the sides of the text box.
But what’s great are the other three:
The next one over, will change the position of the LAST line of the paragraph only – the rest stays fully justified. This can be important if you have just one or two words on that line and really don’t want them spread all over the place!
The other two center or left align that last line.
PSE USERS! You do NOT have this palette – but the super secret keystroke shortcut WILL work for you!
1. Drag your text box
2. Type your text
3. Press SHIFT+CRTL+J and your text will be fully justified!
In PSE, the last line always aligns left, which is probably what most of us would choose anyway.
Next week – we’ll talk about justifying text inside paths…