Type Shortcuts in Photoshop CC 2014

05 May 2015
  • posted by Veerle Pieters

A few handy shortcuts when working with type in Photoshop CC 2014. Some I knew about but most I learned from Adobe's Julianne Kost. She's an awesome resource to keep an eye on. Discover them after the jump.

1) Basic Formatting Shortcuts:

  • Command + Shift + < or > (Mac) | Control + Shift + < or > (Win) increases/decreases point size by 1
  • Command + Option + Shift + < or > (Mac) | Control + Alt + Shift + < or > (Win) increases/decreases point size by 5
  • Option + (Mac) | Alt + (Win) left/right arrow key decreases/increases kerning (the amount of spacing between two characters)
  • Option + (Mac) | Alt + (Win) left/right arrow key decreases/increases tracking (if greater than 2 letters are selected)
  • Option (Mac) | Alt (Win) + up/down arrow increases/decreases leading (the amount of vertical space between lines in a paragraph)
  • Command + Option (Mac) | Control + Alt (Win) + up/down arrow increases/decreases leading by 5
  • Option + Shift (Mac) | Alt + (Win) Shift + up/down arrow increases/decreases the baseline shift by 1
  • Command + Option + Shift + A (Mac) | Control + Alt + Shift + A (Win) reverts back to Auto Leading
  • Command + Return (Mac) | Control + Enter (Win) commits the text (simply clicking return/enter will add a line break)
  • Command + Shift + L/C/R (Mac) | Control + Shift + L/C/R (Win) aligns text Left/Center/Right (when using the Horizontal Type tool)
  • Command + Shift + L/C/R (Mac) | Control + Shift + L/C/R (Win) aligns Top/Center/Bottom when using the Vertical Type tool

2) Changing Font Style

If a font “family” (Myriad or Minion for example) has a font “style” (Bold or Italic for example), then the following keyboard shortcuts will change the Font Style. If the font doesn’t contain the style then “Faux” styling will be applied.

  • Command + Shift + B (Mac) / Control + Shift + B (Win) sets Bold
  • Command + Shift + I (Mac) / Control + Shift + I (Win) sets Italic
  • Command + Shift + K (Mac) / Control + Shift + K (Win) sets All Caps
  • Command + Shift + H (Mac) / Control + Shift + H (Win) sets Small Caps

3) Selecting Type

  • Shift + Left Arrow/Right Arrow selects 1 character left/right
  • Shift + Down Arrow/Up Arrow selects 1 line down/up
  • Command + Shift + Left/Right Arrow (Mac) | Control + Shift + Left/Right Arrow (Win) selects 1 word left/right
  • While the type (or a portion of the type) is selected, Command + H (Mac) | Control + H (Win) hides the selected “reversed out” type enabling a more accurate preview of the type (especially when selecting a color)
  • Double click the “T” (Type Layer thumbnail) in the Layers panel to select all of the type on the Layer
  • Select multiple type layers at one time (using the Layers panel) to change attributes for multiple layers at once

4) Resizing Type

When editing type, Command-drag (Mac) | Control-drag (Win) the anchor points (of the bounding box) to resize the type. Add the Shift key to constrain proportions.

5) Repositioning Type

Positioning the cursor slightly outside of the Type’s bounding box, temporarily toggles the icon to the Move tool. Drag to reposition the type in the image area without first having to commit to the type.

6) Adding a New Type Layer

Shift-click the Type tool in the image area to create a new type layer when close to another type block. (Adding the Shift key prevents Photoshop from auto selecting nearby text, which can be very helpful when a image contains several type layers in close proximity).

7) The Adobe Single vs Multi-Line Composer

The overall “look and feel” of justified text can be vastly improved by calculating the justification settings based on more than one line of text in a paragraph (as opposed to setting each line individually). The next time you create a block of paragraph text in Photoshop, select the type and use the shortcut: Command + Option + Shift + T (Mac) | Control + Alt + Shift + T (Win) to toggle between the Adobe Single-line and Every-line Composer. The Adobe Every-line Composer will almost always produce tighter, better-looking paragraphs with more consistent spacing.

8) Paragraph Formatting Shortcuts

  • Command + Option + Shift + H (Mac) / Control + Alt + Shift + H (Win) toggles paragraph hyphenation on/off.
  • When creating Paragraph (or “Area”) type, Option -click (Mac) | Alt -click (Win) in the image area to set the width and height of the paragraph type bounding box
  • Command + Shift + J (Mac) | Control + Shift + J (Win) will justify the paragraph and left justify the last line
  • Command + Shift + F (Mac) | Control + Shift + F (Win) will justify the paragraph AND justify the last line

9) Warping Type Layers

To warp multiple layers of text as a single unit, select the layers and convert them into a single Smart Object. Then, add the warp. (Edit > Transform > Warp or Type > Warp Text)

10) Changing the Color of Type

  • Option + Delete (Mac) | Alt + Backspace (Win) fills any selected type with the foreground color
  • Command + Delete (Mac) | Control + Backspace (Win) fills any selected type with the background color

Note: If the type layer is selected, but no individual letters within the text block are selected (there isn’t any text insertion point in the text), these shortcuts will change the color of all of the type on a layer.

11) Previewing Fonts

Now that Photoshop displays live font previews in the image area, you might want to turn off the preview in the font menu (allowing you to see more of your image, and less of the menu). Choose Type > Font Preview Size > None to turn off (or make smaller) the font preview menu.