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Join author Nigel French in Designing a Book Cover as he walks through several approaches to creating professional, engaging book covers using Adobe Creative Suite applications. This course covers document setup, composition and layout, illustration, typography essentials, and printing. Exercise files accompany the course.
In this second technique for creating distressed type we are going to see how we can apply a layer mask to this type running down the side "No Pasaran". And use a different technique from what we used here on the yellow type. So this is going to involve using a texture file. In the Exercise Files is this photograph of a paving slab. What we are going to do is drag this with the Move tool up to the top bar. Keep your mouse button pressed as you do this and then drag it back down on to the image, and you've now loaded that as a layer in this composition.
Next thing we want to do is rotate it so I am going to press Command or Ctrl+T. That's going to take me to my Free Transform. And then spin it around. I am holding down the Shift key to spin it in increments until we get it like so. And then I am going to distort it, just pull it around until it covers the type that we wanted to affect. Then press Return to accept that transformation. And now I am going to come to the Adjustments and do a Threshold adjustment to this particular layer so that we get all of the pixels on this layer either black or white, determined by this Threshold slider how much black and how much white we have.
At this way you have more black or you'll be masking more; move this way and you have white and you'll be making less or revealing more. So I think I am going to leave it pretty much in the middle. Click OK to that. Having done that we then need to use this layer as the basis for our layer mask, and to do that I need to turn off all the other layers. I am going to hold down the Alt key and click on the eyeball of Layer 1 and it will hide all the other layers.
Then go to my Channels panel where I will hold down the Command key or the Ctrl key and click on the RGB composite channel. And that will load the luminosity for that channel, which means that I have a selection there of everything that is 50% or lighter. I am not entirely sure how it works but it works. So now I will turn on my layers again and I need to target the text layer and then with my selection active you can see the marching ants and I'll come to my Add Layer Mask icon, click on that, and press down I have my distressed type.
What we would then need to do is save this as a PSD file so that we can retain the layers and then in our InDesign document we can just place it. I am going to delete that one and place this one again. File > Place and I am going to go to my folder where the original version is, open it, and place it. And then of course send it behind the type. And the only thing that remains to be done in InDesign is to apply the author name, which in this case I have put in an orange rectangle.
And I have changed the opacity of that rectangle so that we can see a little bit of the texture through it. I have done this through the Effects panel applying the opacity reduction just to the fill, making sure I am not affecting the text, so that's Effects and then just reduce the Opacity, wherever you like it.
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