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In this course, author Jan Kabili introduces the photo organizing, editing, and sharing features of Adobe Photoshop Elements 10, the less expensive version of Photoshop that’s ideal for casual photographers who want to achieve professional results. The course covers importing, organizing, and finding photos with the Organizer. It explains how and when to use each of the editing workspaces—from the simple Quick Fix and Guided Edit workspaces to the Full Edit workspace for enhancing your photos—including making photo corrections, retouching, compositing images, and adding text. The final chapter offers creative ways to share photos with Elements, including print projects like greeting cards, calendars, and books, emailing photos, and posting them on Facebook and Flickr.
One of the new Type tools in Elements 10 is the Text on Selection tool. With this tool, you can bend and wrap text around any object you can select in a photograph, so it's perfect for scrapbookers, designers, and photographers. I have already used the tool on the word on the right; the word SHELTER, and you can see there is a type layer in the Layers panel for that word. I'm going to create a new type layer using the Text on Selection tool, and add a word to the left side of this archway. I will select the Text on Selection tool from the flyout menu of Type tools.
At first, this tool works like the Quick Selection brush. I can use it to select an area of a photograph based on color and tone by clicking and dragging with the tool. If I select too much, I can choose the Subtract from Selection option, and then come back into the image, and drag over the area that I don't want to include in the selection. And here's something that you might miss: when you're done making a selection with this tool, you need to find this floating options bar, and click the green check mark.
When I do that, my selection is converted into a path, and its this path that's going to bend my text for me. Before I add some text to the path, I'm going to choose a couple of options for how the text is going to look up in the options bar for the Text on Selection tool. I'll choose a font; I'm going to choose this one, but you can choose any font that you like. I will leave the style of this font at Regular, I'll choose a font size, and I'll leave the color at black for now. Then I'm going to move over this path, and notice that my cursor changes from a round brush tip, to an I-beam with a diagonal line in it, which indicates that I'm right over that path, and that if I click, I can start typing text.
So now I'm going to type a word. Notice that the word wraps around the selection. Obviously I don't want it like that, but I will fix that in a moment. As is always the case when you add text, I need to commit the text. So I will go up to the Options bar, and I will click this green check mark. Now I not only want to reposition the text; I also want to change its appearance to match the word shelter on the other side. So I need to change its size, and its color, and add a style to it. I could use whatever options there are for the Text on Selection tool up here in the Options bar, but there are more options for other Type tools, and I can use any Type tool to do this.
Notice that there's now a new type layer in the Layers panel for the new word I just created; TORNADO. With that type layer selected, I will go over to the toolbar, and I will select the Horizontal Type tool. And now any change that I make in the Options bar will affect all the text on the selected layer, just as it always does when you're editing a whole layer full of type. Here, I'm going to change the font size to 30 points. I will change the color by clicking the arrow to the right of the Color option, and I will move down to one of these color chips -- this burnt orange color -- and select that.
If you don't see all the color chips, then drag your color picker by the right bottom corner to make it longer. I will close the color picker by clicking in the Options bar. And now I want to add a style to this text, so I will click the arrow to the right of the Style field here. The first styles that I see are bevel styles. If you don't see those, go to the double arrows on the right of this style picker, and choose Bevels. I'm going to select this Simple Pillow Emboss by clicking on it, and that applies it to the text on the TORNADO layer. I will close the style picker by clicking in a blank area of the Options bar.
Now all that's left to do is move this line of text over a bit along the path. I'm going to zoom in, so you can see that better, by clicking with the Zoom tool. And I'm going to use another tool to move the text along the path. That tool is called the Shape Selection tool, and it's in this flyout menu of Shape tools near the bottom of the toolbar. With this tool, I will move over to path, and I'm going to click on that small circle that you see right there at the beginning of my text. I will click and drag toward the left, and that moves that little circle.
The little circle indicates the end of where I could add text on this path. When I move the circle away, I can see that there is an X here on the path, and that X represents the beginning of my text on this path. So now that I've moved that circle, I can click on this X, and move it down, and to the left as well, bringing the text with me. So this is how you move text around on a path. If I want to go back in the other direction, I could do that by pushing up, and to the right. I will leave it just about there to match the other side.
Now, you do want to be careful, when you're using this arrow tool, not to drag toward the inside of your selection like this, because then the text can fall inside the selection. So I will drag back toward the outside of the selection, and I'll position that text just where I want it on the path. When I'm done doing all that, I have to commit those changes by going up to the Options bar, and clicking the green check mark. There is one more thing I want to do. I want to move this layer of text down on top of the arch, rather than have it up here outside of the arch.
So I'm going to get my Move tool, and then drag down into the arch. Now the text needs a little bit of reshaping, so that it matches the curve of the arch. So I'm going to move my cursor over one of the corner anchor points of the bounding box, and click, and that brings up these options in the Options bar. I'm going to uncheck Constrain Proportions, and now I can click and drag on any of the anchor points of this bounding box to change the shape of this text.
When I have got it the way I want it, so it's following the arch, I will click the check mark. And now I am done, so I am going to zoom out so that you can see this better, and there is my new layer of type created with the Text on Selection tool. Now, if you're working with an image that doesn't have an object around which you want to bend text, you can create a shape, and bend text around that, and that's what I am going to show you how to do in the next movie.
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