Photoshop CS5 has so many different tools and utilities to edit your images that it can be very easy to overlook some of the more basic ones. The ability to change the appearance of characters is found in most programs, so we have come to take it for granted. The filter and layer styling options are far more interesting than the font options, and you might forget how effective a font change can be. But you can change your text font in Photoshop CS5 at any time (provided that you have not rasterized the text layer) and gain a whole new look for your image. If you don’t like the selection of fonts available to you in Photoshop CS5, you can read here to learn how to add more fonts to Photoshop.
Edit Text Font in Photoshop
If you are new to Photoshop, or if you typically only use it for a few specific purposes, then you may not be aware of all the different windows and panels that you can display. Each window focuses on a specific task or image element and offers quick access to the most useful toolset for completing that task. This applies to editing text as well, and the tools for performing those edits can be found on the Character panel. We will provide some examples of what you can do to your text with these tools below.
Begin by opening your image in Photoshop that contains the text layer whose font you want to change.
Click Window at the top of the Photoshop window, then click the Character option. This will display a panel that looks like the image below.
Press the F7 key on your keyboard to display the Layers panel (if it is not already being displayed), then click the text layer that you want to edit.
Click the Text tool from the toolbar at the left side of the window.
Click anywhere inside your text, then press Ctrl + A to select all of the text.
Click the Font drop-down menu on the Character panel, then choose the font you want to use instead of the current option. Your text will switch to that font.
While you have all of your text on this layer highlighted, you can use the other tools on the Character panel to make some universal changes, if you would like. For example, there are options to adjust the space between characters, the text size and the text color. You can also use the icons at the bottom of the panel to underline your text, add a faux-bold style, or convert all of the text to upper or lower case. Experiment with the different icons and drop-down menus to see the options available to you. You can always undo your last action by pressing Ctrl + Z on your keyboard.
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