Designing with Baseline Shift
So now let's take a look and another useful formatting feature and that is something called baseline shift okay, so when you type you'll see that your letter characters the bottom of them they all appear on an imaginary line okay, so this were domestic you can see how the bottom of the road in e s t I c they're all perfectly even well in some instances such as the case of a big old drop cap which is a capital letter that has been dropped beneath that imaginary line that the letters air sitting on to create a drop cap you need to actually make that letter go below the imaginary line that the rest those letters air sitting on so this is a setting that you can do to change this setting without having to create the d on a whole other type player and use the move tool it's actually position it where you want it so we're going to change what's called baseline shift because the imaginary line that these letters were sitting on is called their baseline okay that's the bottom the line that they...
aligned to on the bottom so this time you do need to highlight the letter that you want to change okay so activate that type player then highlight with your mail's the letter and you could just click and drag across it to highlight it just like you were going to change one letter of a word in a word processor and again over here in your layers panel of the exercise files if you purchased the course, you'll see the keyboard shark it shift option on a mac or shift ault plus the upper down arrow will change baseline shift and allow you to scoot that letter vertically wherever you want to place it. Okay, so to make this a true drop cap, I wanted to drop it its baseline below that of the rest the letters so holy names shift an option our shift all on the pc and you can use the down arrow key to drop it down or the up arrow key to raise it. So you're shifting the baseline of a single character and as you can see it's a useful design trick, so I'll click back on the layers painful just to get rid of the highlighting that I had going on in the d and you can see that it is a useful design trick. So without knowing where that setting lives with the keyboard shortcut for it, the only other way to do it would be too put the d on its own type player and use the move tool to position it vertically where you want it and let us find that to be not as efficient and not as fast as this if there's any adobe illustrator fans out there all of these text formatting keyboard shortcuts that I'm sharing with you work exactly the same way an illustrator as they do in photo shop.
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Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CS 5.1