Photoshop: Please add ability to style underlines and add text backgrounds

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(An example of a text background can be found here: )

Many UI and Web designers out there have been struggling with producing a very common type styling method in HTML/CSS.

In CSS terms it would be :

h1 {background-color: blue}

This is used for all sorts things. It's also a standard styling feature in many word processing apps, including Google Docs (know Drive).

Mocking this up in Photoshop is super cumbersome and impractical. It has to be done withy vector shapes, which have no relationship to the corresponding type layer. So if you change any of the attributes for that font (Line height, Letter spacing, Size, Font, even copy!) It has to be realigned. It's a fiddly and joyless task.

Is their any chance you'll bring Photoshops character styling attributes more in line with the possibilities of CSS? (ironic, just a few years ago it was the other way around)

This is closely linked to underlining, which is also stuck in the stone ages. Every Web Designer worth their salt will style underlines whether by colour, style, distance from the word, or thickness. This is impossible in Photoshop without again resorting to Vector shapes, which don't react to typography changes.

In InDesign you can hack the text background by editing the underline (make it fatter, and then base line shift.

Could we not implement this in Photoshop?
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Marc Kremers

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