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Birck,<br />>trashing the prefs seemed to work at first, but it's destructive of other stuff I don't want to lose,<br /><br />What "destruction" are you talking about?<br />>and anyway the problem came back after a while.<br /><br />I assume this happens with fonts other than those (such as Trajan Std) that were designed with just caps and small caps. It sounds like it may be a duplicate or corrupted font issue. Did you use a good font manager to check for duplicate or corrupted fonts? Did you clear font caches (with Cocktail)?<br />> tried the Phantom User,<br /><br />I see a black mask, cape and scary organ music here. <g> If logging in as a new user clears the problem, you may have a corrupted user identity and should stop using it.<br /><br />Neil
>A weird Photoshop problem: using the type tool, I can only produce type in large-and-small-caps, as opposed to upper and lower case. I can't generate any lowercase text.
Did you check to see that you did not inadvertently select the All Caps option from the flyout menu in Text mode (the one to the right of the Character and Paragraph tabs). Or, the shortcut shift-command-K, which does the same thing?
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Gentlemen, thank you very much for the tips. They have solved the problem. I need to rebuild or replace my user identity, clearly, but for the moment, I was totally unaware of the powers of the flyout menu on the Character panel, and your tips have taken care of the problem. Since, I have noticed, the problem occasionally mutates on the fly, i.e., while in use, it's probably due to a fumbled KB combination, and the corrupted user ID. Thanks for the help.
PS-No scary organ music; more appropriate would be the Three Stooges' "Wah-wah-waaaah".