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Alright guys, I'll freely admit I'm a complete n00b when it comes to PS. I was rolling along quite nicely following some texture tutorials and such, but I cannot for the life of me get any kind of text to work and have no idea what to do to fix it. I'm guessing I screwed up some setting at one point, but who knows. This is what I end up with:

 

PS01.jpg

PS02.jpg

 

The first pic is a normal view with 12 pt font, the second pic is ridiculously zoomed in with 72 pt font so you can see what it looks like. I've scoured the net and I even have Adobe's 'Classroom In a Book' and I haven't found anything that addresses this, it usually just says 'click where you want text to appear and then type away'wtf.gif. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. (This is PS CS)

 

Thanks,

Gary

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Do you get a cursor when you click the text tool on the page? Usually you just click where you want the type to go, and the cursor appears, and you type. I just recently got CS, but have barely used it yet. I'll open it up at work tomorrow and see if I can figure it out. All I have at home is version 7.

 

The first picture looks like an empty text anchor from Illustrator, which is Adobe's vector-based "image" application. I know that since version 6, Photoshop has had varying amounts of vector output support, but I have never used the feature. Maybe they're making the type tool act the same as it does in Illustrator and InDesign. But even if that's the case, you should be able to click the text tool on the page and type, no problem.

 

I'm going to attach a layered Photoshop (.psd) file with some type in it, so you can modify it or cut and paste it into your document. It might help you figure it out in the meantime.

 

Good luck. :)

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I do get a cursor, but it's micro-sized. Basically that black square in both the pics is where I've placed my type tool and started typing, the resulting line is the actual 'text'. This happens no matter the font type/size I pick so I dunno what the hell I've done to cause this.

 

I'm stuck at work for the day so I wont be able to grab your attachment, but I'll definitely give it a look when I get home tonight.

 

Thanks,

Gary

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I tried in CS this morning, I get the same kind of anchor point... but with type. You're not typing in white are you? When you select the type tool, on the top of the screen, about in the middle, there's a coloured box indicating the type colour. By default it's usually black though.

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