Paragraph Palette

To finish out your control over text, you'll need to visit the Paragraph palette. While there are not as many choices, you will still need these controls. If it wasn't clear from its name, the Paragraph palette works best with Paragraph Text.

Use of the Paragraph palette allowed the text on this poster to be precisely aligned.

Note: Paragraph Art

For a more creative example of using the Paragraph palette, open the project file Concert Sign.psd to examine its construction.

Alignment/Justification Buttons

These buttons will attempt to align text left, right, or centered. They also add support for justification, which causes the text to be aligned to both margins through the adjustment of spaces between words.

Indent Fields

These three fields allow for the indentation of the left or right margins, as well as the first line of text. If you are going to have multiple lines of text, be sure to use the first line indentation to improve readability.

Spacing Fields

To further improve readability when multiple paragraphs are involved, use the Spacing option. You can specify how much space to add before or after a paragraph (either really works). This is a much better option than adding extra hard returns at the end of a paragraph.

Enable Hyphenation

At the bottom of the Paragraph palette is a Hyphenate checkbox. If enabled, this will allow lines to break mid-word. Photoshop will use the selected dictionary from the Language Selection Menu in the Paragraph palette. While this better fills out a text block, it is not always the best for large type. It is more acceptable for a multicolumn layout or body copy. Be sure to try out the Adobe Every-line and Single-line Composer options, which can be accessed from the Paragraph palette submenu.

  • Adobe Single-line Composer: This option determines line breaks on a line-by-line basis. While it is the default option, it can often lead to strange hyphenation or line breaks.

  • Adobe Every-line Composer: This option examines the entire block of text and makes line breaks based on all lines of text. This can often create a better visual flow. This option is generally preferable to the Single-line Composer.

Note: Number of Fonts

There are no hard and fast rules about how many fonts to use on a page... but here are a few "basics."

  • Using a font family (with mixed weights/styles) is best.

  • Using two fonts is good.

  • Using three fonts is OK.

  • Using four fonts (are you sure)?

  • Using five fonts or more (you're in trouble)!

Understanding. AdobeR PhotoshopR. Digital Imaging Concepts and Techniques
Understanding Adobe Photoshop: Digital Imaging Concepts and Techniques
ISBN: 0321368983
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2004
Pages: 129

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