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Saturday, February 28th, 2009

88 00 99 !! @@ ## 88 00 99 !! @@ ## l The type layer in the Layers palette changes to a fill and vector mask. 8 Click Edit. 9 Click Transform Path. 0 Click Perspective. The text has a bounding box with anchor points. ! Click one of the top corner anchors and drag toward the center top anchor. The text appears to be lying down on a perspective plane. @ Click the Commit button. The text retains its sharp edges even as it appears in a perspective plane. # Click the Background layer to view the text without the mask outline. 147Chapter 7: Designing with Text Effects More Options! You can also click one of the top or bottom corner anchors and drag straight up or straight down to create a vertical perspective. The letters seem to disappear into the distance in a vertical position. Try This! When you need to select the Type tool to edit type, double-click the T in the type layer thumbnail in the Layers palette. The type on the layer is highlighted, and the Type tool is automatically selected. Try This! You can edit type with another tool selected. Double-click the T in the type layer, and the Type tool and options are temporarily selected. Or click the Character palette button and make any type changes directly in that palette.

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ADD PERSPECTIVE TO TYPE and keep it sharp

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

ADD PERSPECTIVE TO TYPE and keep it sharp When you warp a type layer, the letters always bend the shape to some degree, even if you set the Bend slider to 0. Although using the Perspective function found under the Edit menu s Transform submenu more accurately gives the illusion of text disappearing into the distance, this function is unavailable for a type layer. If you rasterize the layer and turn the letters into pixels to use the Perspective transformation, the characters blur as you change the angles. You can, however, add realistic perspective to type and preserve the crisp edges by converting the type layer to a shape layer. Converting type to shapes changes the type layer into a layer with a colored fill and a linked vector mask showing the outline of the letters. The outline is actually a temporary path and appears in the Paths palette as well. The text is no longer editable, but you can alter the vector mask, add layer styles, and use all the transformation tools to change the look. 66 44 55 77 33 11 22 146 1 In a new blank document, click the Type tool. 2 Select the font family, style, size, justification, and color. 3 Click in the image and type the text. 4 Click the Commit button. 5 Click Layer. 6 Click Type. 7 Click Convert to Shape.

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WARP TYPE to emphasize the words You can

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

WARP TYPE to emphasize the words You can create many different effects with type by warping the letters into various shapes. If you warp text using the Warp command found under the Edit and Transform menu after rasterizing the type layer, or turning the layer into pixels, the letters lose their sharp edges and appear fuzzy. Using the Warp Text feature of Photoshop gives text a completely new look and helps it remain sharp-edged and editable. After you type the text, you use the Warp Text dialog box to change it. You can select from a variety of warp styles and use the sliders to alter the look. You can control the direction of the warp as well as size of the letters. Because the warp style is an attribute of the type layer, you can change the style at any time by reselecting the layer with the Type tool and opening the Warp Text dialog box. As long as the text is on an editable type layer, you can apply any layer styles before or after warping the text. 99 77 55 66 88 33 11 22 44 1 In a new blank document, click the Type tool. 2 Select the font family, style, size, justification, and color. 3 Click in the document and type the text. 4 Click the Warp Text button. The Warp Text dialog box appears. 5 Move the dialog box so that you can see the type. 6 Click here and select a warp style. The text matches the style selected. 7 Click and drag each of the sliders to vary the effect. 8 Click OK. 9 Click the Commit button. The warp and changes to the text are committed. 145Chapter 7

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FILL ANY SHAPE WITH TEXT to create

Friday, February 27th, 2009

FILL ANY SHAPE WITH TEXT to create unique effects In Photoshop, you can type text in several ways. Any text that is typed is placed on a type layer, retaining its vector-based outlines so that you can scale, skew, or rotate it to fit your design. With the Type tool selected, place the cursor anywhere in an image and type the text or type the text so that it flows along the edge of a path. You can also type text as a paragraph, either horizontally or vertically, and control the flow of the characters within a bounding box. For text in a 99 00 77 11 88 33 44 22 11 6655 55 144 rectangular shape, you can use the Type tool to drag diagonally and define a bounding area and then click and type the text. Typing text as a paragraph is useful for creating brochures, scrapblogs, or various design projects. The bounding box, however, is not limited to the rectangular shape created by dragging the Type tool. You can also drag out any shape selected from the Custom Shape Picker using the Custom Shape tool. You can then fill the shape with paragraph text to create unique visual effects. 1 Click the Custom Shape tool and select a custom shape as in steps 11 and 12 in Task #62. 2 Click the Paths button. 3 Click and drag in the image to create the shape. Note: Press Shift to constrain the shape and press the spacebar to reposition the shape. 4 Click the Type tool. 5 Select the font family, style, size, and color. 6 Click here to center the text. 7 Click inside the shape. l A bounding box surrounds the shape. 8 Type the text until the shape is full. l You can click and drag the anchor points around the shape to alter the form. 9 Click the Commit button. 0 Click here to view the text without the outline of the shape.

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Friday, February 27th, 2009

%% ^^ $$ !! @@ @@ ## !! ^^ %% ^^ $$ !! @@ @@ ## !! ^^ ! Click and hold the Rectangle tool and select the Custom Shape tool. @ Click here and select the copyright symbol. # Press Shift and click and drag in the photo to create a copyright symbol. The copyright symbol appears on the image and as a shape layer in the Layers palette. $ Press Option (Alt) and click and drag the Layer Style icon to the shape layer to copy the effect. The same emboss style is applied to the copyright symbol. % Double-click in the Fill data field and type 0. ^ Click the type layer to select it and repeat step 15. The name and copyright symbol appear embossed on the image. 143Chapter 7: Designing with Text Effects Caution! There are three options on the Options bar for the Custom Shape tool. When you select the Shape tool for the copyright symbol, make sure that the Shape Layer button is highlighted on the Options bar rather than the Paths or Fill Pixels button. Did You Know? The Layers palette includes two types of sliders. The Opacity slider affects the visibility of both the filled pixels and the layer style. The Fill slider affects only the transparency of the filled pixels without changing any style that is applied. Try This! Double-clicking the Type thumbnail in the Layers palette selects and highlights all the type on that layer. Double-clicking the blank space next to the name of a layer brings up the Layer Style dialog box.

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Create a CUSTOM WATERMARK to protect your images

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Create a CUSTOM WATERMARK to protect your images If you upload your proofs to a Web site for client approval or if you sell your digital artwork online, you want people to see the images but not to use the files without your permission. You can add a custom watermark with a transparent look to any image to protect it and still keep the image visible. A custom watermark can be as simple as your name and the copyright symbol. After typing your name on a type layer and adding a large copyright symbol as a shape layer, you can add any kind of bevel or embossed style to your personalized watermark. You can even copy the two layers to another photo to apply the same custom watermark. To give a transparent look to each layer, you lower the Fill opacity, which only affects the fill pixels, leaving the beveled areas appearing like a glass overlay. You can also use the same technique to give a transparent look to any text, shape, or other layer on any image. 66 44 55 99 11 33 88 00 77 22 142 1 With the image open, click the Type tool. 2 Select the font family, style, and size in the Options bar. 3 Click in the image and type the text for your watermark, such as your name or company name. 4 Click the Commit button. 5 Click the Layer Style button. 6 Click Bevel and Emboss. The Layer Style dialog box appears. 7 Click here and select Inner Bevel. 8 Click here and select Smooth. 9 Click Contour. 0 Click OK.

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Thursday, February 26th, 2009

^^ && ** qq ## $$ @@ (( %% !! ^^ && ** qq ## $$ @@ (( %% !! The dialog box changes. ! Click here and select Normal. @ Click and drag the Opacity slider to 100%. # Click and drag the distance to 0 pixels. $ Increase the size of the glow to about 24. % Click here. The Select Shadow Color dialog box appears. ^ Click and drag the color slider. & Click in the color box to select a glow color. * Click OK. ( Click OK. ) Press D to reset the default foreground color to black. q Click the Background layer to select it. w Press Option+Delete (Alt+Backspace) to fill the background with black. e Repeat steps 6 to 19 to change the color or size of the double glow. The text appears with a neon glow against a dark background. 141Chapter 7: Designing with Text Effects Attention! The double-neon glow technique works best on a dark background; however, it does not need to be black. You can also select the Gradient tool and click and drag across the Background layer to create a gradient color fill. Keyboard Shortcuts! With the Type tool selected, pressing Return (Enter) moves the cursor to the next line and pressing Enter or +Return (Ctrl+Enter) applies the type or any transformations. Pressing Esc cancels the Type layer. Try This! Type some text with the Type tool. Before clicking the Commit button, press and hold (Ctrl) to bring up the transformation anchor points. Click and drag the anchors while pressing (Ctrl) to transform the type.

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Add a DOUBLE-NEON GLOW to text for a

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Add a DOUBLE-NEON GLOW to text for a unique design You can easily give any text a double-neon glow effect using a variation of a technique taught by Colin Smith of PhotoshopCAF . Colin is an award-winning Photoshop and Flash designer and teaches the new media through his instructional videos called the Photoshop Secrets video training series. He also writes the CAF cup, a free subscription newsletter, and runs the PhotoshopCAFE.com Web site, a powerful resource for Photoshop-related news. The double-neon glow can be very effective for creating album or Web page titles. Set against a dark background, the glowing letters quickly capture your viewer s attention. You can easily change the way the letters glow on the screen by changing the background layer color or adding a gradient background. The double-glow effect surrounding the letters can be varied anytime and changed by simply double-clicking the effect icon in the Layers palette to reopen the Layer Style dialog box. By keeping the text as a type layer, you can edit the text and maintain the glow, so you can use the double-glow technique for multiple applications. 66 77 00 22 44 88 99 140 1 Open a new blank document. 2 Click the Type tool. 3 Select the font family, style, and size in the Options bar. 4 Click in the image and type your text. 5 Press Return (Enter) to commit the type. 6 Click the Layer Style button. 7 Click Outer Glow. The Layer Style dialog box appears. l Move the dialog box so that you can see the text. 8 Click and drag to increase the spread to about 13%. 9 Click and drag to increase the size to about 16 pixels. 0 Click Drop Shadow.

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Add a Double-Neon Glow to Text for a

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Add a Double-Neon Glow to Text for a Unique Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 Create a Custom Watermark to Protect Your Images. . . 142 Fill Any Shape with Text to Create Unique Effects . . . . . 144 Warp Type to Emphasize the Words. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Add Perspective to Type and Keep It Sharp . . . . . . . . . . 146 Make Your Text Follow Any Path. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148 Create Eye-Catching Photo-Filled Titles . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150 Blend Text into a Photograph Creatively . . . . . . . . . . . . 152 Create an Amazing Colored Shadow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154 Weave Text and Graphics for Intriguing Designs . . . . . . 156

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Designing with Text Effects If a picture is

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Designing with Text Effects If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a picture with words has even more persuasive powers. Although Photoshop CS3 is not a page-layout application, you can add text to photographs for added impact or to create an original design. You can also add special text effects to give personality to the words or even use the words alone to create the design. With Photoshop, you can apply effects to text in more creative ways and more quickly than is possible using traditional tools. Not only can you see the end result instantly, but you also have complete creative freedom to make changes without wasting any paper or ink. By combining layer styles, patterns, colors, and fonts, you can create type with just the right look for your project. You can use text on images and make the words appear as part of the photograph and, conversely, make the photo appear as part of the text. When you type in Photoshop, the text is placed on a type layer as vectors, or mathematically defined shapes that describe the letters, numbers, and symbols of a typeface. You can scale or resize the words, edit the text, and apply many layer effects to the text while preserving the crisp edges. Some commands and tools, however, require the type to be rasterized, or converted to a normal layer filled with pixels. The filter effects and painting tools and the perspective and distort commands can only work after the type has been rasterized. After the type layer has been converted, the text is no longer editable.

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