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Tip: How To Change Text Orientation

In todays Photoshop Tip, I’ll show you how to change the orientation of your text between Horizontal and Vertical Type. Very useful for beginning users looking to learn more about the Type Tools.

The Vertical Type Tool

There is a Vertical Type Orientation as well as a Horizontal Type Orientation

The Horizontal Type Tool is probably one of the most common tools in Photoshop. It easily casts shadows over its sister tool, the Vertical Type Tool.

Wait… there’s more than one Type Tool?

Yup. You just hardly ever see it since it’s stuck behind the Horizontal Type Tool. Shouldn’t there be an easier way to switch between the two text orientations since the tools are so similar?

Quickly Change Type Orientation

There actually is a very simple way to change text orientation on the fly, without switching between tools, or recreating text.

Horizontal and Vertical Text OrientationsWhile you are working with some type in a document, you can switch back and forth all in one simple click by pressing the Change the Text Orientation button.

Change the Type Orientation in Photoshop

That sure makes things easier!

I should also note that this technique also works for switching between the Type Mask Text Orientations. Also, you can change the text orientation of an existing text layer by right clicking it in the in Layers Panel.


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    pharmagirl (0 Points) September 4, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    A very helpful tutorial. Thanks for sharing. ^^

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    เพลงใหม่ล่าสุด (1 Point) February 3, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Thanks for your post , Great post.36

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    โค้ดเพลงhi5 (1 Point) February 2, 2010 at 1:51 am

    Thanks for your post , Great post.29

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    ฟังเพลงออนไลน์ (1 Point) February 1, 2010 at 3:07 am

    Thanks for your post , Great post.24

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    โหลดเพลงmp3ฟรี (1 Point) January 30, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Excellent post. Thanks

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    thanks for this wonderful tutoriol…………., ve learnt alot. though am still having trouble with typing. all I see when typing is just a long line. I never saw wht I typed.

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    Wow..this is a good tip..I’ve been switching the orientation by recreating the type layer..Now I can use this neat tip..

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    huwaw69 (1 Point) May 3, 2009 at 4:55 am

    This guide is great, i wondered how to do that, but now i know already.. thanks to you man!

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    @roren001: What if you’re required to write in a language that reads from top to bottom? In that case, this type of orientation makes the most sense.

    Also, this type of type orientation makes more sense when working with numbers sometimes.

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    roren001 (1 Point) November 19, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    This is fine, but typographically speaking it is wrong and unprofessional and to place text in this manner, not to mention “its ugly”.
    For beginners, I would suggest typing your text, then rotating 90 degrees.
    warlica357 you can just hit enter and it will go to the next line. Additionally, you can also create a text box in PS and type away.

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    Tony Prodger (1 Point) October 26, 2008 at 10:10 am

    I have a similar problem to warlica in that I am attempting to edit a template and any text I enter after pressing the key overwrites the first line. I cannot enter more than one line of text. I have closed down Photoshop CS3 Extended and tried to open a new image and enter text. Same problem. Do you think that I have corrupted my version of Photoshop?

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    you just need to press enter and it will go down to the next line so that you wont be making a new layer.

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    warlica357 (1 Point) July 14, 2008 at 7:31 am

    nice tutorial for a beginner like me.
    i have a problem, how can i type a message
    in paragraph?
    what i mean is, when typing, only 1 line i can type!
    i cannot make it below, otherwise u will
    add another layers 2 create new texts..
    help me pls! thanx & more power…

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    Pseudonym (1 Point) March 8, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    Hey, this is very helpful! Thanks a lot.

    While you’re on the subject of text orientation, I thought I might mention something else cool that you can do (not to steal any glory). If you use the pen tool and draw a line, you can then grab the text tool and type along the line!

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