type1Today’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: type2 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:type3 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!

type4At 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:

type5The 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.  type6


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…

Happy Scrapping!


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  1. Kathy says:

    I love the tips and appreciate very much you sharing them with us. Thank you so very much.

  2. Sherrie says:

    Yippee !! Thanks for the tip !

  3. Thelma says:

    Thanks for including PSE in your instructions…Really helpful and a wonderful tip.

  4. Love that tip – going to give it a go. Thanks.

  5. gabs says:

    thank you so much – awesome!

  6. dawn says:

    great tip – thank you 🙂

  7. Beckygtx says:

    Thank you, thank you! Cannot wait to try this!

  8. jessie says:

    thanks so much for that tip. I hated that pse didn’t have full justification and walla .. now i have the super secret short cut!!! thanks!

  9. Laser says:

    I wish these quick tips were more often than once a week. they are all so helpful and inspire me to learn more about Photoshop.

    Thanks so much – looking so forward to next week’s tip

  10. simply sarah says:

    Great thing to remind us of! I always forget that, even in Word. I end up trying to figure out shorter or longer words to use or rephrasing my sentence all together to make it fit!

    Thanks for the info.

  11. CindyLou says:

    Wow, great tip!! Going to try this next time I add journaling!

  12. Pamela Nielsen says:

    fabUlos!!! XOXO

  13. Zanne says:

    Thanks Jenn…. I just need a cheat sheet with all the short cuts. LOL

  14. Jenn says:

    Now Zanne, if I gave you that, you’d have no reason to take the class 🙂
    Glad y’all are enjoying the tips!

  15. Tess Miller says:

    Guess what I found in my email? Stan a& Jenn in all their glory! Whoohoo!

    Thanks for the tip! I wondered if it would work in PS 7.0 and it is there! Cool Beans!

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