Planet Photoshop

Don’t Have Italic Or Bold? Don’t Sweat It

If you have a typeface that doesn’t have a bold or italic version available, don’t sweat it—Photoshop can make a fake bold or italic version for you. They’re called faux bold and faux italic (don’t pronounce them “fox bold” or the French will get really cranky about it. It’s pronounced “fo,” as in “Fe, Fi, Fo, Fum”). To apply a faux style to the type, highlight your type and choose Faux Bold or Faux Italic from the Character palette’s flyout menu. Here’s another tip: Don’t forget to turn off these faux styles when you’re done, because they don’t automatically turn themselves off. Vive le Français!

Posted by Corey Barker

Corey is an education and curriculum developer for KelbyOne. He is a graduate of the Ringling School of Art & Design in Sarasota, FL, with a degree in Illustration. Over the years, Corey has worked as a graphic artist in a variety of disciplines such as illustration, commercial design, large format printing, motion graphics, web design and photography. His expertise in Photoshop and Illustrator have earned him numerous awards in illustration, graphic design and photography. Using Photoshop since version 2, his expertise and creativity have evolved exponentially with every new version, which makes Corey an invaluable addition to the KelbyOne team.