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The Non-Designer’s Photoshop Book: Essential imaging techniques for design by John Tollett, Robin Williams

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6. Photoshop Type

Type in Photoshop is made from vector paths, which are mathematical descriptions of the letterforms. Vector paths let you resize type as much or as often as you want without degrading the quality. All sorts of effects and filters can be applied to type while preserving the ability to edit, scale, rotate, and warp.

Some changes you make to type require that you rasterize the type layer, which means Photoshop converts the text to pixels and thus it is no longer editable as type. Once you rasterize text, it becomes pixels on the screen, which means you can treat it like any other image in Photoshop, but not as text that you can edit again. If you need to rasterize your type, make a copy of the original type layer before rasterizing ...

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