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For this installment of Photoshop for Designers, Nigel French explains the fundamentals of working with type in Photoshop, distinguishing when it is appropriate to set type in Photoshop rather than InDesign or Illustrator and what makes Photoshop unique for certain type treatments. This course demonstrates essential techniques, such as entering and editing text; interacting with type layers; and adjusting the color, transparency, character and paragraph formatting of type.
Another type of alignment is radial alignment, where the words radiate from a fixed center point. In this case, we are rotating these words around this circle that we see cropped in the bottom left-hand corner, specifically around the center point of that circle, and they are at 15-degree increments like the hands of a clock. In order to achieve this, to make it sort of easier to know where those 15- degree increments are, what I've done is I have drawn myself a shape layer.
I have created a 12-pointed star using the Polygon tool, coming up to my Polygon options and setting the number of sides as being 12. Okay, so with the polygon turned off, and it's essential that each of these words be on its own separate layer so that each word can be rotated independently, so I am going to turn off the finished layer group and turn on the begin layer group, and they are all down here in the same position currently overlapping each other.
So, this is how it's going to work. I am going to start at the beginning with the word THE, and then I'm going to press Command+T or Ctrl+T to get my free transform. Now, here is the punch line. What we need to do is we need to change the point around which the type is rotating. So, I am going to go and grab this center target that's in the transformation box and put that on the center of this circle. Now when I come into this transformation box, I can come to one of its four corners, so that I get the rotate icon and move it up, and you see it's going to spin beautifully around that circle.
And I'm just going to leave it right about there, so the baseline is being pointed to by one of those spokes of the star. I will press Return, move down to the next layer, and repeat. Command+T or Ctrl+T, move the rotation points to the center of the circle, come to my rotation cursor, I am moving outside of the transformation box, and move it right up into position.
And each time, I'm pressing Return to accept my transformation, choose the next layer, Command+T or Ctrl+T. Okay, so now with my type in place, my starburst has served its purpose, so I can turn that off, and there is my finished result.
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