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Photoshop is one of the world’s most powerful image editors, and it can be daunting to try to use skillfully. Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced, the second part of the popular and comprehensive series, 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 CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.
I've gone ahead and saved my progress so far as type on a balloon.psd and the next and last thing that we are going to do inside this project and inside this chapter is to create the type on a name plate and we want it to appear as if it's engraved into the nameplate and we can do that while keeping the text editable. All right, so this is the effect we are going for, right there. I Love You, Smooshy. All right, turn that off and turn this off too so that we have just greenish and background on and then turn on the I Love You, Smooshy text. What I'm going to do is I'm going to take it, let's go ahead and make it active actually as well, and I'm going to move it down a little bit. So it's down here, on top of the nameplate. Everything we are going to do here, this engraving here is all going to happen with layer effects. So we don't actually need any fill whatsoever, any color inside the text.
So let's go ahead and reduce the Fill Opacity here inside the Layer palette to 0, like so and the text disappears, that's to be expected. The next thing I want you to do with this, I Love You, Smooshy text layer active, I want you to go down to the FX icon and I want you to choose Bevel & Emboss. This time I'm not just giving you a Bevel & Emboss effect upfront, we are going to build one together so you can get a sense of how this works, even though we haven't really seen layer effects yet, and there is a really bad I Love You, Smooshy that doesn't go along with its background at all, looks bulbous instead of engraved, totally wrong.
But we do want an inner bevel that's going to work for us, meaning that the highlights and the shadows are going to appear on the inside of the letter. So that's good. Smooth is fine. However, we are going to reduce the Size value down to just 3 pixels like so and we are going to accept the Global Light settings. I'll tell you what that is, it just means all the lighting effects are consistent throughout the composition, but we will explore the many uses of global light in later chapter when we talk about layer effects. But this Angle value of 120 and this Altitude value of 30 are just fine. They are going to work for us very nicely. What's not going to work for us are Screen and Multiply, they are just too weak. And you notice we have got some major highlights and shadows really here inside of this 3D artwork and that's what we want to match.
So I'm going to change the Highlight Mode to the brightest of them all, Linear Dodge (Add) and the Shadow Mode to the darkest of them all, which is of course Linear Burn right there. That's a little too much where the burning is concerned and so let's change that Opacity value down to 35% and that's going to serve us well. Now you might look at it and say, well, that's still a bit tepid Deke, and I would agree with you. That's why we are going to increase the Depth value and I'm going to take that Depth value actually up to, if you want to match what I'm doing, 180% like so. One more thing that we need to change is that we need Down, we don't want a direction of Up, we want a direction of Down. I was thinking it looked like the light was coming from the wrong direction.
So the lights coming from up here some place and it cast a shadow on the upper left area and increase the highlight in the lower right area and that's why we need Down and Down also gives us the effect of embossing going inward as opposed to outward so that we are getting an engraving effect. All right, that looks more like it. Click OK. Now, of course you can't really make absolutely sure that your layer effect is looking the way you want it to, until you warp the text. So let's go ahead and warp that text, why don't we? And we will do that by switching over to the Type tool, Click on that little icon right there, it brings up the Warp Text dialog box. Now let's switch over to Arch.
Another advantage by the way of working this way is that it gets remembered so that you can come back and modify your settings if you like later, and that's too much arching. So I'm going to take this value down and really before we can tell how much arching we need, I need to move this text into a better location. So let's see that might be 34%. I'll Click OK. Now let's move that text down. I'm going to press Ctrl+Shift+ Down Arrow like so. That would be Command+Shift+Down Arrow a few times on the Mac to move the text down where so it's inside of the nameplate.
Now let's try and adjust our settings. Make sure that it is going to work right for us. Go back out to this icon, in the Options bar, Click on it, take this value down. I'm going to nudge it down and it looks to me like 31% is about right. But we don't have the right amount of distortion going on. Notice this I is straight up and down and it should be at a little bit of an angle to match the angle of the nameplate, same with the Y. So we are going to take this Vertical Distortion value here, I could move it up, I'll press Shift+Up Arrow. But notice that moves at the wrong direction. That distorts in the wrong direction that is to say. So I'll press Shift+Down Arrow. We don't want big numbers. So I'm going to press just the Down Arrow key, not the Shift key, a couple of times. We just want -2% and we get it's just lovable, I love Smooshy text right there and now Click OK in order to accept that value. Press Ctrl+Up Arrow just once, that's Command+Up Arrow just once in order to align my text; yours might be different depending on where you moved it. This is good.
All right, that's it friends. I hope you have learned a thing or two. In the next chapter, we are going to continue along with this whole topic. We are going to be taking a look at more warping and transformations and liquefying images inside Photoshop.
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