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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements to organize and edit photos, build photos into projects like slideshows and photo books, and share photos with family and friends. Jan explains how to train Photoshop Elements 8 to recognize and tag faces, use the Smart Brush for targeted adjustments, and share photos using Adobe's online service, photoshop.com. She also dives deep into the application's editing tools, which rival those of the full product, Photoshop, in their ability to take snapshots and turn them into great photos. Exercise files accompany the course.
One of the special things that you can do with the text in Elements is to bend it to create your own unique look. This text is located on the type layer right here in the Layers panel. To warp this text first I'll click on the type layer to select it in the Layers panel and then I'll go over to the toolbar and I'm going to click on the Horizontal Type tool. Then I'm going to go up to the Options bar for that tool and click the Warp Text icon right here. That opens the Warp Text dialog box. I will start by selecting one of the preset styles from this menu of presets.
Some of these look better than others depending upon the text and the font and the style. There are some really wacky ones down here. Here's a Flag, a Wave, and even a Fish shape. I think I'm going to go with that Flag. Once I've selected a preset, then I can customize it by using the sliders. So I can bend and I can distort this horizontally, vertically. I think I'm going to put those both back to zero and just bend it a little more.
When I'm happy with it, I'll click OK. Now this type layer remains editable. So I can still come in at any time and change its color, or its font, or its size or I can come back into the Warp Text dialog box and change the warp of the text.
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