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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.
In this exercise, we are going to create and format a new text layer. I'm working inside Base layers.psd. Now I don't need to see both of these images at the same time. Both the base image and the final version of the magazine cover. So I'm going to go up here to the Arrange Documents icon, and I'm going to choose Consolidate All or if you've loaded Deke keys you can press Ctrl+Shift+A, Command+Shift+A on the Mac. And then I'm going to go ahead and zoom in on the model's shoulder right here, like so. I've already pressed the T key in order to get the Type tool.
Now notice up here in the Options bar that we have a series of options that are associated with the Type tool. We've got this Font option followed by a Type Style, then we've got Size and Anti-alias, Alignment, Color, this is Text Warp and finally we've got this option right there. If you click on it, it will bring up the Character panel. If you click again it'll hide the Character panel, and the Character and Paragraph panels contain some additional formatting attributes that do not appear inside the Options bar.
So we'll be coming to those later. For now, I want you to notice that at least my default settings are showing Myriad Pro Regular and a Type Size of 16.84 points. I don't know if that's the default setting or not, but it's going to be something in the medium type size neighborhood. Notice also that Black is my default Color, of the Alignment is set to flush left. Notice that if I go ahead and switch to a different layer, for example, I want to go ahead and create my new layer in front of this Fashion Formulas layer.
So I'm going to click on Fashion Formulas, and the moment I do, I lift all of its formatting attributes. So I still have a Myriad Pro, but now I have a Type Style Semibold, the Type Size is 76 and notice the Alignment is flush right and notice that the Color is White. All right so I'll go ahead and click someplace on the model's shoulder in order to create not only the blinking insertion marker that we're seeing there blinking away, but there's also a point notice that because what we are creating is point text inside a Photoshop.
The idea being you're just going to create one or two lines of text inside of your image. Probably a logo or a headline or something along those lines. Anyway, I'm just going to go ahead and enter 365 like so, and it appears flush right which is not what I want. I want it to be flush left. That is I want it to emanate from that point there to the right. So it should start with the point on the left-hand side, and then the text should flow to the right. In which case, I need to go and click on his Left Align text option in the Options bar, or you've got a keyboard shortcut that you should know about right away here, Ctrl+Shift+L or Command+Shift+L on the Mac.
Your text has to be active for this to work because you may recall that if you loaded dekeKeys, Ctrl+Shift+L or Command+Shift+L normally creates a new levels adjustment layer. So what in the world is going on here? Well, when text is active you get a whole new suite of keyboard shortcuts that have nothing to do with dekeKeys. So as long as text is active Ctrl+Shift+L or Command+Shift+L on the Mac make the text flush left. Ctrl+Shift+C or Command+Shift+C goes ahead and centers the text, and then Ctrl+Shift+R, or Command+Shift+R makes the text flush right.
And the other text formatting programs Illustrator, InDesign allow you to do this exact same thing. So Ctrl+Shift+L in our case for flush left type. At this point I just want to go ahead and accept this new text layer, and you can see over here inside Layers panel, I am seeing a new Type layer. It's got a thumbnail with the T inside of it, but right now, it's just called layer 1. Well I can accept this text layer by switching to a different tool. So if I just go ahead and click on the Rectangular Marquee tool, then I go ahead and accept my modifications, I accept my new text layer, and Photoshop automatically assigns it a name of 365.
So it names the layer after the contents of that layer. And Photoshop will go to great lengths to try to keep that name identical to the text inside that layer as we'll see. Anyway now let's say that I want to modify this layer. I want to edit the text. I could press the T key in order to get my Type tool once again, and then I can click inside my Type or drag across it or all that just to make some modifications. You can select entire words by double-clicking on them. You can select entire lines of texts by triple clicking and so on or let me show you this.
I'm going to go and switch back to my Marquee tool for a moment here. I can also add a text by double-clicking on the T thumbnail inside Layers panel, and that will not only automatically switch me to the Type tool, notice that I had the Marquee tool selected before, but now the Type tool is selected. It also goes ahead and highlights all of the text on that layer. Now let's say I decide to make some modifications. I'll go ahead and change this 6 to a 4879 whatever, and then I want to accept my changes as opposed to selecting a tool inside the toolbox.
I can also press the Enter key on the numerical keypad. So that would be that enter key in the far bottom right corner of your keyboard which presents a little bit of a problem. What if you don't have a numerical keypad on your keyboard because your keyboard is not that big, and this is particularly common on laptop computers? But there're also truncated keyboards out there that are associated with stationary computers. And so what you do in that case? Well, let's go ahead and switch back to the Type tool once again.
If you were to click at a specific location and press the standard Enter key or the Return key on the Mac, you're going to add a carriage return. So that's not what you want to do, and you definitely don't want to do that if you've got a bunch of type selected like this. If you have all the type, and then you press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac then you're going to wipe out all that text and replace it with a carriage return. Thankfully you've got an undo. So press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z if that happens. Let's say I make some changes here. Don't think you're going to accept your changes by pressing the Escape key, the way you do inside of Illustrator, or InDesign or some of the other creative suite applications because if you press the Escape key, you don't accept your modifications.
You cancel your edits as I just did there. Instead if you don't have that Enter key on the numerical keypad, then I'll go ahead and double-click on the T once again in order to highlight the type. I'll once again replace it with 365 because that's the number we want eventually here, and I will press Ctrl+Enter here on the PC or Command+Return on the Mac. So, remember those methods for creating text in the first place. We saw how to align text. We saw how to modify text, and we saw how to accept your modifications and how to abandon them.
In the next exercise, I'll show you how to work with font and typestyle.
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