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Wed, 03 December 2003 05:37 Go to next message
Steve_Delarue (Photoshop begginer)
Would it have been so difficult to have included a font preview facility in CS? Even $30 programs have that feature!
Wed, 03 December 2003 06:51 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Peace_Pipe (Advanced Photoshop user)
I agree steve
Wed, 03 December 2003 08:23 Go to previous messageGo to next message
matrixrose (Advanced Photoshop user)
1 Select the text you are trying to choose a font for
2 then in the font selection menu highlight a font,
3 you can use your arrow keys to scroll up and down the font list and as you do your selected text can be "previewed".

Functionality wise, that is a font previewer. Unless I'm missing something, in which case ignore this post :)
Wed, 03 December 2003 09:51 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Stuart_McCoy (Photoshop expert)
Hey, as long as they put in a way to turn the damn thing off, I don't care what they do. I hate the stupid font previews in applications and if Photoshop never gets one I wouldn't lose a wink of sleep. If I need to flip through a number of fonts I follow the steps matrix rose outlined. This is a much better method from the standpoint of being able to see the font and any layer effects applied to the text you are using within the context of your art work. Font previews in the drop down menu cannot match this ability, period.

Also, who cares if a $30 program has this feature? Should Adobe now code every feature of $30 programs simply because they are $30 programs? Where's the correlation? Price has little or no bearing on quality.
Wed, 03 December 2003 10:20 Go to previous messageGo to next message
ID._Awe (Photoshop expert)
Well, except that the 'highlighting' gets in the way of seeing any effects applied to the fonts, not that a font preview will do that either.
Wed, 03 December 2003 10:50 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Steve_Delarue (Photoshop begginer)
I do use the scroll method. It isn't perfect - especially with lots of fonts installed. And there lies the problem. It's not possible to remember the names of every font installed, so I want the preview facility to identify job-specific fonts - not to see what looks best in place. Some of us don't have that luxury!!

Also, who cares if a $30 program has this feature? Should Adobe now code
every feature of $30 programs simply because they are $30 programs?




No, because the features are useful.

Price has little or no bearing on quality.




True. So why do we pay so much for PS?
Wed, 03 December 2003 12:02 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Brian (Photoshop expert)
Steve_Delarue wrote:

> I do use the scroll method. It isn't perfect - especially with lots
> of fonts installed.

Font management software would resolve that.



And there lies the problem. It's not possible to
> remember the names of every font installed, so I want the preview
> facility to identify job-specific fonts - not to see what looks best
> in place. Some of us don't have that luxury!!

I make sample sheets for all my fonts, and keep them in a spiral binder
for easy access. Much easier to see the details of the fonts that way
than in a menu somewhere...



> No, because the features are useful.

Perhaps, as long as it is an option (as it is in Quark, for example -
you have to hold SHIFT as you access the Style > Fonts menu to see the
previews). I would never want Photoshop - the wrong place to set text
anyway - to show previews by default and always-on.
Wed, 03 December 2003 12:11 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Rick Moore (Photoshop expert)
The preview in Illustrator CS is nice, I have no idea what the fuss is over
this issue - it just seems like a humane thing to do and doesn't appear to
have any ill effect on the program.
Wed, 03 December 2003 12:47 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Stuart_McCoy (Photoshop expert)
ID. Awe,

Press Ctrl-H after selecting the type and prior to scrolling through the list.

Steve,

Perhaps you should identify why you do not have that luxury and remedy the problem. Designers need to be more mindful about typography and if they are not then they are being sloppy. I'm beginning to agree with the article I read in Print about a year or so ago that called for an association that would essentially license graphic designers in much the same way professions like carpenters and doctors are.

Derrick,

There is no fuss as long as the damn thing is turned off by default. The ill effects are not within the application itself but external, to the user of the application.
Wed, 03 December 2003 13:21 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Jay Jhabrix (Photoshop expert)
<Stuart_McCoy@adobeforums.com> wrote:


> Press Ctrl-H after selecting the type and prior to scrolling through the
list.

Cool... :) thanks... one lives and one learns....

Cheers...

JJ
Wed, 03 December 2003 14:01 Go to previous messageGo to next message
dave_milbut (Photoshop expert)
> Press Ctrl-H after selecting the type and prior to scrolling through
the list.




once you commit the type layer, you can simple scroll the font list in the character palette to change the font of the entire layer. no crtl-h needed.
Wed, 03 December 2003 13:55 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Robert_Barnett (Photoshop expert)
ID Do Control + H to hide the highlighting. Frankly I like this way of
previewing fonts better than like what Microsoft does in their programs.
This way I can use it if I want or not. Besides people complain already that
Photoshop is too slow, adding something that had to go through and pick up
and preview a couple of hundred fonts is really going to slow things down.
Then you have in the idgits that have thousands of fonts installed. No
thanks keep it like it is.

Robert
Wed, 03 December 2003 14:47 Go to previous messageGo to next message
dave_milbut (Photoshop expert)
.so there's that font previewer Steve was asking for.




actually, it's more like a postviewer. :)
Wed, 03 December 2003 14:50 Go to previous messageGo to next message
shecky_greene (Photoshop expert)
> actually, it's more like a postviewer. :)

yeah........ :)
Wed, 03 December 2003 14:43 Go to previous messageGo to next message
shecky_greene (Photoshop expert)
> once you commit the type layer, you can simple scroll the font list in the
character palette to change the font of the entire layer. no crtl-h needed.

Yep....so there's that font previewer Steve was asking for.
Wed, 03 December 2003 15:14 Go to previous messageGo to next message
matrixrose (Advanced Photoshop user)
Man I love this forum. . . .I think I'm going to have to start making a private cheat sheet of all the tips you guys give out.

I bought the Adobe Classroom in a book for PS, Illustrator and InDesign, and I am enrolled on the Online courses that adobe has offered. But still, this forum has so much value, the tricks and experience you guys all offer is priceless. (and of course it also has a lot of entertaining debates and rants, which keeps things lively).

Thank you everyone
Rose
Wed, 03 December 2003 15:40 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Brian (Photoshop expert)
> actually, it's more like a postviewer. :)

LMAO...
Wed, 03 December 2003 16:22 Go to previous messageGo to next message
dave_milbut (Photoshop expert)
I think I'm going to have to start making a private cheat sheet of all
the tips you guys give out.




been there, done that. VERY useful! mine is up to: 57.2 KB (58,587 bytes). each tip is at least titled (so i can search it, it's an plain text file i open in wordpad) and there's a ========================== between each tip.

:)
Wed, 03 December 2003 16:23 Go to previous message
dave_milbut (Photoshop expert)
btw, credit for that char. palette font scrolling tip goes to our own dear Phosphor.
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