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Okay, here is our poster in progress. We now need to add some paper behind this. Let me just mention that between finishing the last one and starting this one, I did just go in and fix up a few inaccuracies of placement and you might want to do the same, and do that at an enlarged view size, 100% or more. First of all, I am going to select all of these layers and I am going to put them into a group. Command+G or Ctrl+G. That's going to put them into a group. And then I am going to select the background layer. I am going to come and choose my Rectangle tool.
Make sure that white is my foreground color and I am going to draw myself a rectangle like so. That will go behind the letters. And if I wanted to, I could Command+A to Select All and then come to the Layer menu and choose Align To Selection > Horizontal Centers and Vertical Centers. Next, I am going to add a shadow to this. I am going to pull that shadow away like so. I'm not really worried about where it's going to go, because in the next step is going to be to create a layer from that shadow, which I will then go to the layer off and offset that slightly.
So now what I want to do is I want to warp the paper a little bit. I am going to press Command+T or Ctrl+T to go to Free Transform and then come and click on my Warp option and I just want to slightly warp it so that it's not exactly the same size as the shadow, so the shadows doesn't look so processed. Now, I might also consider adding a small amount of warp to the shadow itself. I am going to turn off my grid now, Command+ Apostrophe or Ctrl+ Apostrophe. I am going to reduce the Opacity on that shadow, and I'm also going to soften it a bit.
I am going to come to the Filter menu > Blur > Gaussian Blur and let's add a 10 pixel blur to that. Now, I think I would like the color of the paper to not be so shockingly white. So, I am going to choose a color that has a little bit of yellow and maybe a little bit of black in it. 3% yellow, 2% black. And I am going to fill the shape layer with that color. Option+Backspace. I might also consider just going and adding a Pattern Overlay to it.
And if I come and choose one of my paper patterns. Stationary, how about that one? Very subtle affect. In addition to which I would also like to add a Gradient Overlay to the paper. I am going to make the blend mode to Multiply. I am going to reduce the Opacity significantly. Now, it's time to knock through the J. So I am going to expand the group of the letters and come and find the J, now I could hunt and pick for it there, but they are not actually in alphabetical order, because we have had to rearrange them to adjust the overlaps of the letters.
So, I am going to hold down my Command key and click on the J. That would have worked had my Auto-Select being set to Layer, so I am going to set it to Layer and do the same thing again. Command and click on the J. That will select that layer. I am going to double click on it and then come to the Knockout and I am going to choose Deep Knockout, and I will need to now reduce the Fill Opacity of that to 0 and I will just and add an Inner Shadow to it. I can just pull that Inner Shadow around and increase the size on that.
And perhaps I will just slightly reduce the size of the letter itself. And upon closer inspection, I realize that I have got a few misalignments, which with my guides turned back on, I'll endeavor to fix. And it's going to need a bit more fussing with, but there essentially is our finished type poster.
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