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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Advanced, the second part of the popular and comprehensive series, updated for CS5, follows internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland as he dives into the workings of Photoshop. He explores such digital-age wonders as the Levels and Curves commands, edge-detection filters, advanced compositing techniques, vector-based text, the Liquify filter, and Camera Raw. Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, and enhancing colors without harming the original image. Exercise files accompany the course.
Recommended prerequisite: Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals.
All right gang, I am still working inside Text inside custom path.psd. In this exercise, I am going to take this text on the path that I just created, and I'm going to adjust it down using a function known as Baseline Shift. So, here is the idea. I was telling you that the baseline is that imaginary horizontal line upon which all of your characters rest. So with the exception of the descenders, which are the tails at the bottom of the G and the P and so on, all the other characters ride exactly along that baseline.
Now when you attach text to a path the way we have here, then the baseline now becomes the path. They are one, so the baseline is curving. Well, there is this function known as Baseline Shift that allows you to raise and lower any selected characters of type with respect to the baseline. So, if we assign a negative Baseline Shift value to our current text we'll be able to shift it down and away from the glove, and that's what I propose we do now. All right, switch to the Type tool. I'd like you to go ahead and switch over to the Layers panel, but, first notice here in the Paths panel that we have a temporary occupant of this panel, September, 2026 Type Path, which is showing me that this is the path for this text which is called September, 2026.
Just in case I want to edit this path because the text is not linked to our original down left path. That's very important. If you are to modify the down left path in any way, shape, or form that would not affect the text. You have to modify this temporary path outline right there. Anyway, switch back to the Layers panel. There is our text, and it is active. That's all I want to make sure. Just that it's active, and that we are not working inside the Text Entry mode because I don't want to adjust some characters independently of others. Now, switch over to your Character panel by clicking on the Character icon here, and there is our value right there.
It's Baseline Shift, as you can see. You can modify that value if you want to. I could go ahead and scrub it up, for example, to shift that text upward away from the Baseline Shift which can be useful for creating numerators and fractions that is the top number in a fraction or any other kind of raised numbers, ordinals, for example, which would be the ND in second or the RD in third, that kind of thing, or you can go ahead and shift your text downward if you want to.
In my case, I have over-compensated. I am going to go ahead and restore that value to 0 for the moment, and then I am going show you another way to work from the keyboard. I find this technique to be very helpful. I'll click inside the text with my Type tool, and I'll press Ctrl+A or Command+A on the Mac to select all the text. And then so I am not seeing the highlighted version of my type I'll press Ctrl+H or Command+H on the Mac. Now, then here is the keyboard shortcut Shift+Alt+Up Arrow raises the Baseline Shift value in 2 point increments, on the Mac that Shift+Option+Up Arrow.
Shift+Alt+Down Arrow here on the PC or Shift+Option+Down Arrow on the Mac lowers that Baseline Shift value in 2 point increments, starting from 0. I am going to press Shift+Alt or on the Mac, Shift+Option+Down Arrow, four times in a row, like so, in order to reduce my baseline shift value to -8, and that gives me this result right there. All right, now I will hide my Character panel, and just in case I feel like I need to nudge my text down just a little more, I will press and hold the Ctrl key or the Command key on the Mac, and I will drag this X down just a little bit, like so, to compensate for the new position of the text with respect that is to the bottom-left corner of my composition.
All right, this looks good to me. I am going to go ahead and switch away from the Type tool entirely, so I don't accidentally modify my highlighted text by the way, we can't see it, but if press Ctrl+H, Command+H on the Mac, you can see now that this text is selected and vulnerable to modification. So I am going to click on my Rectangular Marquee tool to make it active. Now let's go ahead and assign a layer effect, specifically Drop Shadow to this text, and we are going to do so manually. Drop down to the fx icon, and I will tell you exactly what settings to apply.
Click on fx, choose Drop Shadow, and you will see a preview of the default settings which are pretty close to being exactly right. In fact, we do want a Distance value of 5 pixels, I do want a Size value of 5 pixels, so that's fine. Spread should be set to 0. Angle, definitely leave that alone. Don't even touch it because you will mess everything up. If you change the Angle value right now, which is 120 degrees, because Use Global Light is turned on, you will mess up every single shadow and every single emboss effect, and every single other directional layer effect inside this composition.
So leave that as is. We will see what's going on there when we discuss layer effects in the future chapter. However, what I'd like you to do is change the color of the Drop Shadow. The Blend mode is fine, set to Multiply. Click on the Color Swatch, and I actually lifted a color from the image using the Eyedropper or just by clicking in one of the shadow details here, but this specific value, after I got an editing, that I came up with, because these values are pretty close to being right, but I changed the Hue value to 30, so I made a little bit more orange, and then I reduced the Saturation value to 50% from the color I lifted anyway.
And I lowered the Brightness value to 20% as well. So 30, 50, 20 respectively for the H, S, and B values, and you can see that gives us a very dark brown. I will click OK, and I will raise the Opacity value to 100%, and I achieved this drop shadow that you see down here in the lower-left corner of the window. Now I will click OK, and we are done with this layer. I am going to click this Up Arrow icon next to fx in the Layers panel just to go ahead and collapse my layer effects, and I am going to click off of this layer, so I am no longer seeing the path outline here.
I will click on the Pout layer, for example, which is one of the next layers that we are going to modify, and this is my final text along a path as created using a combination of a pre-drawn path outline, the Type tool, and the Black Arrow tool here inside Photoshop.
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