Why "Update Text Layers for Vector based Output"?

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Jan 14, 2004
I restore old photos. On each, my final (top) layer is a Text Layer identifying the photograph and date. I just installed Photoshop 8 on a new computer and moved all my image files (created in Photoshop 7 and 6) to the new computer.

Now when I open any image file in Photoshop 8 that was created in Photoshop 6 or 7, I get a warning dialog stating . . . “text layers might need to be updated before they can be used for vector based output. Do you want to update these layers now?” (And I seem to recall something similar when I went from PS 6 to 7.)

What’s going on? Wouldn’t both Photoshop 7 and 8 use the same internal methods by which each created a Type Layer? Do I need to go through the dozens and dozens of images I’ve restored and “update” each file pursuant to the above-described Photoshop dialog.

Thank you for any information.


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Jan 14, 2004
The type engine keeps getting changed, hence the message. If all the type is, is information for you, I wouldn’t be too concerned about it.

Jan 14, 2004
Thank you, Bob. But I suppose I was not clear on one point:

The name of the individual(s) in the photograph and the date the photo was taken, which I usually place these in the lower corner of the image, are not merely for me, but remain a permanent part of the final restoration.

That said, do you still believe that I should just answer "yes" to the update question and otherwise forget about it? In any event, you seem to suggest that I have not done anything incorrectly that resulted in the above-described behavior of the program.

Jan 14, 2004

From The Photoshop CS Readme File (which you will find in your PSCS root folder):

Text Positioning

Due to a minor change in the way the Photoshop CS text engine renders certain text blocks, opening documents created in earlier versions of Photoshop may change the position of a text block. This specifically affects text blocks with hanging carriage returns, but may affect others as well.
Jan 14, 2004

Thank you for the information. I will "update" my Photoshop image files, and watch to be sure that text remains as intended.


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