Advanced Type Trick & Workflows in Adobe Photoshop
Hi there. This video is all about advanced type. I'm going to show you how to get the most out of type kit. How to find visually similar fonts, how to set favorites, how to use open type fonts, variable fonts starts off with a really cool helpful stuff and eventually we get into the weeds with the nerdy stuff like anti aliasing and CSS of font plus hang around to the end. I save a cool thing called font pairing to the end where we go through we figure out how to match fonts headings and body copy just to get ourselves out of our normal font matching. Alright, I'll see you there. Alright, let's get started. It is a long one. Alright to get started. Open up any file. Have given us one just so we've got something to use. Its in typography. It's called type one. Thank you Kate Herzog. So grab the type tool. And the first little trick is if I go up to here to my fonts, okay, listen to all my fans but they're really small. So first little trick is go to type, go to font preview size and go t...
o huge. Okay, It just means when I go back in it's going to give me a better sample size, you might pick extra large, huge might be actually huge. Anyway, so let's quickly introduce type kit, if you're already using it awesome. We're going to move past it real quick. If you're not, the skinny version is drop down your fonts here, click on this one that says add fonts from type kit. A website is going to open here. It is. I'm logged into my creative cloud account. I'm at this browse option here. I'm gonna ignore. This first chunk will come back to that and down here it's just all it is is commercially usable fonts that I get to use for free and by free it means that I have licensed them through my Creative cloud license. It's all kind of tied into that so it doesn't cost me anything up here. You're probably going to have the word sample text. So if I'm working on I need the word hello for that project. So you can type in Hello and just look on here and say which fonts do I want to use. The nice thing about them is instead of a site like and one free fonts or dark font or what you'll find is fonts that are a bit more usable. They have a lot of the glyphs and ligatures we need for like other languages. But if you need a font shaped like a cactus or a blood dripping font, you probably have to go out to those other sites but in here some really pretty stuff. So let's say that I like this one. I just click on it. I can go into and have a look at what levels there are in terms of weights, wits, all that sort of stuff. You can see it here and you can go to this one that says Cinco and that will download into Photoshop in design illustrator. Supercool. This one here only has one font in the family but you might find that there's a whole host of kind of different styles of the fonts, weights of the font and you can sync them all. There's nothing to do. They just start working. And the other thing you can do in type kit is don't forget these things over here. So say you're looking for a slab serif. Okay. It's going to go and just kind of sort out all the fonts that it has available for you in that kind of style. The big heavy surface on the edges here. Um, I'm looking for a handwritten font or say a headings font versus a paragraph font gets really detailed. Okay, the weights, the widths, what kind of X height does it have? Super helpful. This one I find useful picking a font for a client that has this weird drop down on the baseline font client comes back and says the fonts are all mixed up. You're like, no, no, no. They're meant to be like that. You spend the rest of your time trying to trying to track these things up and down anyway, so that's the skinny version of type kit. Let's apply that font and just it'll sink in the background as my slow internet does its thing and we'll see if Elijah appears and somehow I've exceeded my sink limit by a lot. I don't know how I've done that. Don't tell adobe. Okay, back in Photoshop you can see this is just updated here. It says it's been added. I'm going to click in here and type in. Hello. Kind of selected. I'm going to find there it is there just ready to go change the color to good scattered up so you can see too big. So let's get into some more advanced stuff. So when I'm working with my type tool up here, because I've spent so much time like thinking about the type kit, fonts that I need because remember I've only got kind of these little settings up here. Really important for me. So if I click on type kit, it's only going to show me the fonts that have come down from type kit and often it just clears out all the junk and just gets my front list into a usable list of fonts that I've chosen for different projects. The other thing you can do is make sure you turn it off. Otherwise it's going to always sample it. Let's say that we're using a couple of fonds over and over like that new one here hit the star. Okay. And grab the ones that you use a lot. Maybe ariel because you have to because your client and let's say up here, I'm using museo for my business. Let's say this one here. So I'm gonna add a star to it. Okay. The nice thing about it is you can just click on the start, it just gives you the ones that you've started plus all the weights that go along with it. So just Heidi's up that list if you're like me and you've traveled the world as a freelance designer and you've appropriated like a zillion fonts in your life, man. The font menu can be real tough and this next little feature where it says filter is the most important. Okay, so filter here, I want to go through all my fonts and pick out the script fonts. Now, the crazy thing about it is that I didn't tag like this one. This is from type kit. So yeah, type, get one added a tag to it that said I'm a script font. But this one here just happens to be on my computer. Lots of these prototypes here are these tt fonts are just stuff that was lying around on my computer. But somehow Photoshop knows which is a script font and which is not. It's bananas. Have you ever tried to do it using your front book or haven't used those font library things for a long time suitcase. That was the one I remember trying to sort out your fonts in suitcase and goodness we don't have to do that anymore. So filtering this goes through and says, I want all the handwritten fonts from your computer. This might be a font that you downloaded from 1, free fonts or font squirrel. Somehow it knows. Make sure when you're finished though, go back to all because it stays on those can be confusing. Okay, let's say we pick a font and say it's his lust here and we like it. I liked it but the client says it's a little bit too feminine for our colorado sign here needs to be more manly but similar. Imagine if there was a way to have a text layer selected just on my move tool. The text is selected. Go to your type tool. I don't have to have it highlighted but I can go to here and look at this a wavy, one weirdest icon in the world. I don't know how that works but it's the show similar fonts give it a click and it's gone through all of my type and match lust with all kind of other things that match it. You can see these are the ones that all on my machine. Just knows I know curls. Okay, so it's not perfect but it's gone through and yeah and picked them all pretty amazing. So client says you have to use comic sans. So you're like, oh no, but let's see if we can find something that is similar to comics hands but it's not comic sans. We're not gonna get in trouble from the design police. Here we go. Look at that. Look at that one. Proximate soft, they're never gonna know any other ones in there. Ah even that anything. As long as it's not coming sands now, just so you know the ones that are kind of got the stars Here are the ones that are on your machine. Eventually you'll get to this line that says, hey, we're now showing you fonts that we've downloaded. Not downloaded from type kit, but we're showing you previewing from type kit. So they won't work until you click that button. But because it's part of your license, you just give it a click and let's say Sophia, just give it a click and it's gonna sink and work. It's pretty magic. You can see there. Sophia font Pro was installed. Still thinking about it. Where did it go? Sophia? There it is there. Hello? Okay, let's get even more advanced and let's pick, I'm gonna pick lust. I really like it. Say I want this one here. Actually. No, I like the iconic one. Now, if you've picked a font, that's one of two things, it's either a type kit fonts or this. Oh, open type font. Okay, so open type fonts and type kit fonts are the same ones come from type kit but it's still an open type font. Okay. The ones that are not bad, but the oldest are ones these true type fonts, these Tt ones aren't going to do this. So if you're picking a font, pick an O or a T. K. And doesn't guarantee this is gonna work, but it's more likely to see if I highlight the word H. You can see it's giving me alternatives for that selection. This is an easy way to find the glyphs and or ligatures for different font set. So I'm going to go to I like the where is it? Like they're telling you one actually going to a regular and if I highlight the H you can see that there's an actual alternative that the front design is picked and I can choose it from my design team with the E if I highlight this or not, the whole thing, just the hover above it. Okay, there's all sorts of different. I'm going overboard here, but you get what I mean? Right. There's all these kind of things that you're like, man, how do they do that often with type? There's just some beautiful ligatures. That's also what happens. Sometimes you've got fonts on your computer, right. And it says you've got aerial, but you've got a real pro and you're like, oh, the same font. All these extra glyphs and ligatures or contextual alternatives, what do you want to call them? There is another way to find these rather than well, if that doesn't appear for you. One of two things, the font, even though it might be an open type font just doesn't have ligatures or there might be a pro version, you can go and upgrade too often what you have to do. Say I'm doing a body copy font for a large client and they have multi lingual or multi language. There might be a version of the font like dormant, but I need the Garmin Pro because I need all the extra weird accents above the letters, safer irish where I'm at or marry from where I am born. Those languages use all sorts of extras to adjust the latin letters. You can tell, I really don't know what that's called. The little ticks and whippets. So if you don't have it might not be in the font but double check and Photoshop preferences go down to type and in here there's one that says enable type layer glyph alternatives. If you get sick of that thing popping up, you can turn it off. Okay, it's on by default so it's probably still on. Maybe the other thing you can check. 100% know if it has it or not have the front layer selected and go to window. You're looking for this one called glyphs and mine is defaulted to alternatives for the selection because that's what that's doing all right. It's going when I hold over the selection, give me alternatives for it. I'm just going to switch it to the entire font. I'm going to make this bigger and now I can see all the extras that it has luggages. Some just extra punctuation, all sorts of bits and pieces in here. Oh, I love that. Are we need to find a use for the er Alright, let's close it down. One of the other things I'm going to show you before we go is it's new but old, it was something you got introduced a long time ago and never took off but it's coming back. It's called variable fonts. What are they? They're pretty magic. What you're looking for is it doesn't matter which one actually the largest. Too big, huge, it's got extra large. So I'm gonna grab my, it doesn't really matter if you're using this one or the type to all the top, you're going to go over here now just to mix that up. Okay, what we're looking for is we saw open type, you see open type, var, variable fonts. I'm going to click on this one, you won't have many on your machine. The really expensive Dubai, there's another one there, so you just gotta scroll through. There's no searching in here for variable fonts yet. So you're gonna have to do some serious scrolling. You probably don't have many. So I'm gonna use this one here acumen variable font and what you're going to get, you might have to extend your Properties panel out to see the whole thing. Okay, this chunk and you're like, what does that do? Imagine if you could have a font that had Put that to zero variable weight. Okay, not just like light, extra light condensed light. Look at this, you just drag it. It has like a zillion different properties and it's not like we've all done it right. We've hacked up font together like put a stroke around it to make it heavier. This here is actually designed by somebody and all these different sizes so that it reads well, it's beautiful. Okay, so same with the weight, I can look at the width, can lower that down to make a condensed font or compressed italicize. Ng it it's pretty amazing. Huh? So if you are in charge of picking a font and you know, it's going to be working at a place and it is, it's huge. They do scientific documentation for atomic energy. I don't know why I picked that but I feel like they're going to need lots of different weights and sizes and slants and language is a variable font might be right for you. Alright, let's say that you are doing a lot of web design or ui app design in Photoshop just so you know, we're getting nerdier and nerdier here. Okay, so let's say that I'm designing it and n type kit here. One of the options is up here says include web only families turn you on so you pick a font and you like mighty slab. It's awesome. What you need to do is just double check that. It's actually our web font and not just a desktop font because you want to use this in your app or in your website. So you can't just pick any font. Right, Because we want it loaded with CSS rather than be an image. So what you're looking for while this thing is loading and spending a while, can you see that option? Means I can download it from my desktop. This option means it's available is what type kit calls kit, you can load them to a kit, web stuff downloading for your computer. So this is available for a web project. So that's awesome. So what I want to do is back into Photoshop, we pick our font. What is that one? Mighty slab one. I don't think I have that one. It's gonna pick something else. Something kind of body copy ish. Roboto. It's like the area of the internet. If you're looking for a buddy cubby font. Roboto is a good one. YouTube use it. I use it loads as well but we need to use it quite small. Okay, and this is just a mock up. Remember in Photoshop is not going out to a website yet, but I need to use it quite small and it's starting to pick slate as it gets quite small because it's just there's not a lot of room for it. So what you can do just to make sure it's legible, first of all. Don't use white. Let's go to blank. Okay. And we're going to look at. So I've got this layer selected rela Oh actually what I might do as well in here is just after rela I'm going to put in a space and then I'm gonna go type, I'm going to go to paste Lauren ipsum because I've got lots of text in here so you can see it a bit easier. Just pace in an arbitrary amount of Lauren Gibson quite a bit actually. Okay, you get the idea but it's quite small. What you can do just to make sure it's doing as good as it can or look as good as it can in this mock up is whether layer selected, go to your type tool. There's this option up here is the anti aliasing of the font. Don't worry too much about it. But a font kind of ends up looking like this horrible stuff. There's a little bit of magic that goes on top of it to smooth the edges. The computer does it as it shows it to You. Don't worry about that either. Basically you've got options to tell the computer to kind of redraw it in different ways so I can click on sharp. That's the way it came crisp, strong and smooth. You can see it actually it's the same font, same weight. Just kind of redrawn slightly differently. So you might find that your font and your color might just need a different one of these to look nice in your mock up, it'll look perfect in your website because the browser draws it and let's say you're not doing web stuff. You're just doing normal flyer design casing and increase the font so when you get to a certain size it doesn't matter anymore. It doesn't matter. It's not as important. So I'm going to go down to something to say this is a body copy for a flyer that I'm doing and I want it to be easier to read. So the land selected type tool and just work your way through decide sharp versus crisp. I like sharp better. Strong versus sharp and I just kind of run them off of each other. It's hard to tell the difference between those two. I like strong best. So strong and smooth. Strong winds, awesome. So great for small fonts. Normally it's mock ups T and CS down the bottom and that's called anti aliasing. Let's say you are doing web and Ui work. We're gonna look up doing proper web exporting at the end of this video series lookout exporting there'll be a section on exporting for web but what we're hearing all the type stuff is with that layer selected. You can go to layer, there's one that says copy CSS not SVG. I want to go to the one that says copy CSS and this is a nice easy way you can paste this into an email and explain to your designer or developer that it's this font size. It's that font family, there's the color, it gives them all the kind of code to make sure that your mock up matches what they build in the website. There's some but you don't need, if you're not a web designer, that's fine. Just sending them all of this. If you are a web designer, you'll realize you only need a couple of those things go on. Even makes a class based on the name here. So if you name your layers, right, you can name your classes anyway. If you are keen on web design or getting into it, Dreamweaver might be your go. And I've got of course for that shameless self promotion. The second little tip I've got written here is drop shadows and you're like, I know what a drop shadow is. Just want to show you a weird little thing you can do with drop shadows. Say I want this text here to have a drop shadow. So with a layer selected FX drop shadow. What you can do is say you like that drop shadow, but it needs another one you can actually hit plus and have to drop shadows, which is crazy. Okay, Maybe not crazy, but it's useful. So the one at the bottom here, I'm going to actually make bigger and terrible. Let's go that way. Let's go the distance out a little bit. I'm gonna turn the opacity down a bit. You see what I'm doing here. I've added two shadows. So let's turn the eyeball off. There's one that's really tight around the outside just to give it the fullness on the left. And then this other one that's kind of more wafted. That'll help it. Kind of lift out of the document. Okay. We're getting into the weeds here. One last little feature before we go is font pairing. If you're not doing type all the time even if you are me, stick to the same fonts. You look at anything that I've designed lately. It's probably lust and it's probably either museo rounded for the type or it is Roberto. So to get out of that, I need to do a client or another concept. There's a term called font pairing. It's not really a feature in here. It's just something you can go and do. I'll show you what I mean. So all I did is a winter google and I typed type kit, font pairings and I just clicked on the first three results because what's happened is designers better than me. Carrie Dills has spent some time going through a matching fonts for headings and body copy and you just kind of go through and go, oh, I like that combination and then work out what it is. And this font is actually just the same font just in different things. So sexy. Okay, Other ones, this one I end up at quite a bit type eO dot IO libraries, type kit. Okay. And you can just see, it's just like I find this is nicer, you can see actually used in design work with colors and you can see here this one here is using these two fonts. Okay, another one here. These two fonts. These two farms are some really nice font pairing matches that you can go to now. Type kit, download so you can get the same kind of effect. Another one here. Just my type dot co. There's a bunch of font pairings. There's a load of font pairings in here, click on type kit. There's a load of font pairings here too. Don't stop there though. Do a google image search for font pairing type kit. See if you can get the old creative type combination juices flowing. So that's it for advanced type tricks and workflows. Don't go away in the next video, we're going to do slightly more type. Let's just do with matching fonts. Let's jump into there now.