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Photoshop for Designers: Layer Effects
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Building a type poster


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Photoshop for Designers: Layer Effects

with Nigel French

Video: Building a type poster

Now that we've made 28 letters, A through Z, plus the ampersand and the question mark, we're going to place those and make an alphabet poster and for the background we're going to use this coffee table. Not just any coffee table but my very own coffee table, which I'm very fond of. To aid us in doing this, I'm going to turn on my guides. I'm going to press Command+ Apostrophe or Ctrl+Apostrophe. That turns the guides on. Now I'm going to press Command+K or Ctrl+K to go to my Preferences. Guides, Grids, and Slices.
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  1. 1m 41s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      38s
  2. 13m 22s
    1. What are layer effects?
      3m 9s
    2. Using the Layer Style dialog box
      2m 25s
    3. Moving, copying and removing layer effects
      2m 20s
    4. Working with preset styles
      5m 28s
  3. 29m 46s
    1. Shadow effects 1: Drop Shadow
      7m 11s
    2. Shadow effects 2: Inner Shadow
      1m 2s
    3. Glow effects 1: Outer Glow
      3m 41s
    4. Glow effects 2: Inner Glow
      1m 35s
    5. Bevel and Emboss effect 1: Structure
      2m 9s
    6. Bevel and Emboss effect 2: Shading
      2m 46s
    7. Bevel and Emboss effect 3: Contour
      1m 44s
    8. Bevel and Emboss effect 4: Texture
      1m 29s
    9. Overlay and stroke effects 1: Satin
      1m 1s
    10. Overlay and stroke effects 2: Color Overlay
      1m 27s
    11. Overlay and stroke effects 3: Gradient Overlay
      1m 58s
    12. Overlay and stroke effects 4: Pattern Overlay
      1m 43s
    13. Overlay and stroke effects 5: Stroke
      2m 0s
  4. 25m 37s
    1. Blending modes
      2m 55s
    2. General opacity vs. fill opacity
      1m 16s
    3. Creating a knockout layer
      2m 37s
    4. Blending interior effects
      1m 35s
    5. Blending clipped layers as a group
      1m 18s
    6. Transparency Shapes Layers
      2m 34s
    7. Converting a layer style to image layers
      1m 45s
    8. Blending with the Layer Mask and Vector Mask Hide effects
      1m 56s
    9. Using the Blend If blending option
      3m 53s
    10. Working with contours
      5m 48s
  5. 29m 22s
    1. Placing multiple files as Smart Objects into the type poster
      1m 29s
    2. Creating offset outlines with Drop Shadow, Inner Shadow, and Fill Opacity
      6m 19s
    3. Using Fill Opacity to create "ghost" text
      2m 19s
    4. Creating live (editable) blurred type with Drop Shadow
      1m 56s
    5. Creating an extruded shadow
      4m 42s
    6. Customizing a drop shadow
      5m 53s
    7. Reflecting a shadow and applying a displacement map
      6m 44s
  6. 28m 56s
    1. Inflating type by softening a smooth bevel
      3m 7s
    2. Creating a chiseled bevel
      6m 14s
    3. Embossing a stroke
      2m 31s
    4. Creating a soft bevel and customizing the contour of the inner shadow
      5m 20s
    5. Combining a smooth bevel with transparency effects
      2m 34s
    6. Embossing the contour of a bevel and adding an outer bevel with texture
      4m 13s
    7. Set in stone: Customizing a bevel with diffused light
      2m 22s
    8. Creating an embossed stamp
      2m 35s
  7. 19m 45s
    1. Working with texture: Pattern Overlay or Layer Mask?
      6m 25s
    2. Creating depth with Pattern Overlay and Inner Shadow
      1m 23s
    3. Creating and applying a custom pattern
      5m 57s
    4. Layer effects and Smart Objects 1
      1m 21s
    5. Layer effects and Smart Objects 2
      4m 39s
  8. 26m 7s
    1. Using Inner Glow to create interior shapes and neon
      7m 6s
    2. Choking an Inner Glow effect to create inline effects
      2m 4s
    3. Adapting an Inner Glow using the Contour, Range, and Jitter controls
      1m 30s
    4. Creating a stencil effect with Outer Glow and Shallow Knockout
      7m 41s
    5. Customizing contours to create multiple outlines
      2m 11s
    6. Combining Gradient Overlay and a gradient stroke 1
      1m 51s
    7. Combining Gradient Overlay and a gradient stroke 2
      1m 24s
    8. Using Satin with a custom contour
      2m 20s
  9. 9m 3s
    1. Building a type poster
      4m 26s
    2. Adding paper behind the letters
      4m 19s
    3. Goodbye
      18s

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Photoshop for Designers: Layer Effects
3h 3m Intermediate May 19, 2011

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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.

Topics include:
  • Moving, copying, and removing layer effects
  • Working with gradient, color, and pattern overlays
  • Converting a layer style to image layers
  • Applying layer masks and vector masks
  • Beveling and embossing type
  • Creating depth with Pattern Overlay and Inner Shadow
  • Using Inner Glow to create interior shapes and neon
  • Customizing contours to create multiple outlines
Subjects:
Design Design Techniques
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Nigel French

Building a type poster

Now that we've made 28 letters, A through Z, plus the ampersand and the question mark, we're going to place those and make an alphabet poster and for the background we're going to use this coffee table. Not just any coffee table but my very own coffee table, which I'm very fond of. To aid us in doing this, I'm going to turn on my guides. I'm going to press Command+ Apostrophe or Ctrl+Apostrophe. That turns the guides on. Now I'm going to press Command+K or Ctrl+K to go to my Preferences. Guides, Grids, and Slices.

And I want to set the gridline increment. I'm going to make that be 650 pixels. Each of these letters was designed in a 750 pixel square and I have left 50 pixel borders around all four edges and in some cases the parts of the letters are going to extend beyond the 650 into that border and overlap with other letters. I'm going to use a subdivision of one. So that's what the grid now looks like Just before I start placing, I'm going to make sure that I have my Snap turned on, and I'm also going to make sure that I have Smart Guides turned on.

One other thing is that I have made a keyboard shortcut to speed things up. This doesn't always live there. If you want to make a keyboard shortcut, you can do so under the Edit menu right there. So I've added the keyboard shortcut to Place command and that keyboard shortcut is Command+Option+Shift+D. I'm going to come to the Finished Letters folder and we'll start with the A and I'm just going to drag that into place. And let's just increase the view size on that. So I'm going to press return to place that.

I'm now going to zoom in and just drag that into place, and you'll have to take my word for it, but that is just really snapping into that square. So now I'm going to repeat that step. Drag it into place, press Return. Now this is an example with the F where we've got a bit of interaction between the letters going on. We have a lens flare in this corner here and I want that lens flare to extend into the adjacent letters.

So here I need to make sure that that is above the B in the stacking order of the layers, and because it's placed more recently, it is. And here we have the stencil sticking out beyond the H of the grid. Now when we come to the J, we didn't create a J and that was intentional. That's because we can only see the effect of the J in the context of the poster itself, because what we want from the J is a deep knockout, but we won't see until we put the paper behind it.

So we're going to place the J for now and then when in the next step we put the paper behind the letters, we are going to knock through the paper to the coffee table, but until that is there, there is nothing to knock through, so we're just going to place it for the time being. Now here I want the K to actually go beneath the G, so I need to locate where there is on the Layers panel. I'm going to drag that down underneath the G so the loop of the G or overlaps the K.

Now as you're dragging these transformation rectangles around, make sure you're not dragging from the center point. That's just going off-center that and that's not what we wan to do. So drag from inside of the rectangle. And I want to make sure that the H is overlapping the L and indeed it is. That's because I had come down further in the layer stacking order. I wasn't aware of that, but that's not a problem. Here is another case where we need to change the layer stacking order. I want the M to come above the N so that the letter impinges on the square of the N.

Likewise with the O. That's going to overlap the K and the N. In the case of the U we want this to go beneath the Q, so I'm going to drag that down so that's underneath the Q and tail of the Q overlaps it. So there are our placed letters. Join me in the next movie and we'll put the paper behind them and we'll also punch through the J to the coffee table.

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