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For the first installment of Photoshop for Designers, Nigel French shows how to create editable, non-destructive effects such as shadows, glows, and bevels with layer effects in Photoshop. The course covers the use of layer effects like Drop Shadow, Inner Shadow, Bevel and Emboss, and Gradient Overlay, as well as how to combine effects with blending modes, transparency, and textures. With these techniques, designers can finesse type and graphics, control light, warp text, and extrude shapes, creating drama and adding depth to their compositions.
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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