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Photoshop is the world’s most powerful image editor, and it’s arguably the most complex, as well. Fortunately, nobody knows the program like award-winning book and video author Deke McClelland. Join Deke as he explores such indispensable Photoshop features as resolution, cropping, color correction, retouching, and layers. Gain expertise with real-world projects that make sense. Exercise files accompany the course.
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Yet again, here I am in Firefox. In this exercise, we're going to build this graphic right here, complete with tiny little photograph, text bar and stroke. I just want to make sure you know how to put these kinds of graphics together. So I'll go and switch back to Photoshop. I've saved out the smaller version of the images, 590x260 photo.tiff, found inside your 12_for_Web folder. I've also got this other image opened right here called 590x280 with text.psd, found inside that same folder.
All it contains is the text and nothing more. When you open it up, you are going to get this familiar text warning, because once again, I've use Rotis for this text. But all you need to do is click OK. We're not going to be editing the text. It's going to look just fine when we're done. All right, so we need to move one photo into the other. I'm going to do that by grabbing my Move tool this time around, because I want to make sure that the image snaps in the place properly. I'll drag the image up onto the title tab for 590x280 with text. Then move my cursor back into the Image window.
Press and hold the Shift key and go ahead and drop it into place. Now that centers the image inside of its new environment. We need to scoot it up a little. So I'm going to just drag it up like that. It should snap to the top of the document. Now I'll rename this new layer photo. I'm going to press Ctrl+[ or Command+[ on the Mac to move it beneath the text layer. All right, the next step is to grab of all tools, the Magic Wand tool. This is a really great use for this tool. I don't want this bar to exactly fill the space below the image. So I'm going to change the Tolerance value to 0.
And I'm going to turn off Anti-alias. Then I'll drop back down into the image, and making sure the photo layer is selected, I'll go ahead and click underneath it and that exactly selects that transparent area. Now the advantage of using that technique instead of loading a selection from a layer, and then choosing inverse or something along those lines is if you had other transparent areas inside of your layer, you would select this one and only this one. All right, so now we've got a selection for our bar. I'm going to go ahead and create new layer by pressing Ctrl+Shift+N, Command+Shift+N on the Mac. I'm going to call this one bar. It can be in front of photo that's going to work out just fine.
Now press the D-key to make sure the foreground color is black. Then press Alt+Backspace or Option+Delete to fill that selection with black. All right, now I'm going to switch back to my Rectangle Marquee tool. The next thing I want to do is I want to make the stroke. I'm going to make the stroke around the entire image. It's going to be exactly one pixel wide, because I've already scaled my graphic exactly the size it wanted to be. So I'll press Ctrl+A or Command+A on the Mac in order to select the entire image. We'll go ahead and put the stroke in yet another new layer, so I'll press Ctrl+Shift+N or Command+Shift+N on the Mac, and call this guy stroke, and click OK. Now I want to move stroke to the absolute top of the stack, so I'll press Ctrl+] or Command+] on the Mac to move it up there.
I'll go to the Edit menu. There's this command called Stroke. This is going to work out better for you than the Stroke layer effect, because it'll give you an exactly one pixel stroke without any softening or rounded corners or any of that jazz. If you loaded Deke Keys, I gave you a keyboard shortcut for this command, because I really like it. It's Ctrl+Shift+' or Command+Shift+' on the Mac, just because that happened to be open, and quote character is just a little thing, like a single pixel stroke, brings up the Stroke dialog box. Make sure the Width is set to 1.
Location should be Center. The mode should be Normal, Opacity 100%, Preserve Transparency off. So all the default settings, Color is black incidentally. If it's not for you, you can click on that swatch and change it to black. I'm going to click OK. Now I have a one-pixel stroke. I can press Ctrl+D or Command+D on the Mac in order to deselect the image. There is my Stroke. Now the next thing I tend to do, I don't like those big dark strokes like that. I'd like to temper them a little bit by pressing the 5 key to reduce the Opacity value to 50%.
That gives you a nice line weight I think, and ends up creating a pretty attractive image. We are done. That is the small version of the graphic. In the next exercise, I'm going to show you how to take the larger image and assign it a copyright and a bunch of other metadata, and we'll learn why that's so very important.
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