Photoshop Is A City

Paul Miller:

“I love and hate Adobe,” he said when we first discussed this piece. See, Adobe doesn’t build Photoshop for my dad. Adobe just builds Photoshop, and Photoshop is an insane mess. Every couple years brings a new version, costing hundreds of dollars, chock full of new features he doesn’t need, and lacking the improvements he wants.

That’s why I’m still on CS3.

It’s not that Photoshop keeps adding out of place features that’s bothersome. Is that they do that and overlook fundamentals.

For example, here’s my method for centering text layers in Photoshop CS3.

  1. Make a new layer
  2. Fill that layer with a color
  3. Use transform on that layer to find the vertical and horizontal center of the document (don’t actually transform it)
  4. Drag guides out from the sides so I can properly determine the vertical center
  5. Undo the transform function
  6. Create a new text layer and type my text in
  7. Align the center of the text box with that guide I just made.

And that’s how easy it is to center a text layer in Photoshop!

But wait! Wouldn’t it be easier if you could just drag the text box handles to the width of the image and center align it? It sure would! But, if you do that in CS3 you don’t just resize the text box, you TRANSFORM the entire text! Then you have to go back and edit the text, make sure it’s properly sized – not just font size, but the vertical and horizontal proportions of the text probably got messed up when you did that, so screw it – might as well use my 7-steps-or-more method from the start.

But that’s ok because there are some 3D features I never use.