Photoshop: Bounding box around text expands larger than text when resizing

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I have Photoshop CC and Illustrator CS6, both with the same problem. When I go to resize text with the bounding box handles, it (the box) expands larger than the text. This is particularly frustrating because it is calculating the numerical size as the bounding box and not the text.

I have read through many posts, but have not found an answer. Suggestions?
Thanks!
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D. Kenney

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Resizing a text box with the text tool should resize the box  bounds and not change the text size.

If you want to scale the whole thing, including text size, select the text layer (but not actively editing the text with the text tool) and go to Edit->Free Transform.
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Thanks for your response.
I tried that, but it still increases the size of the text box. I am trying to measure the size of the text (not box) in inches. Is there any way to do this without having to use guides? I tried to change the preferences in Photoshop CC to read in inches for text, but it is not an option.
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If you already know the dimensions you need in advance, you can use the shape tool in rectangle tool mode and instead of dragging, you click once on the canvas and it will bring up a dialog box you can enter dimensions into directly.

If you put the measurement unit type at the end of the number in the shape creation dialog, it will use that measurement... eg. 1.2cm, 2.45in, 5pt, 50px.

Do that and put 1.2in x 2.4in or whatever you need and it will make a vector box you can resize your text visually on top of. That has the advantage of letting you eyeball any dropshadow or stroke effects as well.
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Hi Kenny,

If you're not seeing a bounding box when you select your text, then it's Point Text and the method which you're using is actually changing the effective point size.  Instead, with the text layer selected, click Type > Convert to Paragraph Text and then you'll have the correct controls to resize the text's bounding box.

Thanks,
David
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Thanks, David. I already tried that, and it actually expands the text larger than when it was Point Text. Does it in Illustrator, as well. I think I am just resigned to having to go through extra steps. Thanks anyway...
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Howdy Kenney,

You can always resize that larger bounding box to suit your needs.  In fact, there are a few features which are easier to apply to paragraph text (such as rotation) with more designed.

Thanks,
David
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Hello Everyone,
I found out some method to to this problem and I hope it will help you :). Just group (Ctrl+G {if pc})  the current layer of the text, and now you can resize it without expanding bounding box :).